CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – Although isolated area of flash flooding did take place in a few towns in July, the majority of us could really use some rain!
The last week has been especially dry, with many areas receiving only a few hundreds of an inch of rain. Combine that with the heat we have seen, and that will dry a yard up very quickly!
It’s been a flip-flop of sorts this year in the rainfall department. The table below explains the changes in our rainfall pattern! It was abnormally very wet during the first half of the year, but the majority of our region is already multiple inches below normal just since June 1st in the rainfall department, which might explain the brown patches showing up in your yard!
|TOWN||SINCE JAN. 1st||COMPARED TO AVG.||SINCE JUNE 1st||COMPARED TO AVG.|
|Charleston||34.46″||+5.89″ (28.57″)||6.90″||-3.53″ (10.43″)|
|Huntington||29.76″||+2.10″ (27.66″)||6.75″||-2.83″ (9.58″)|
|Parkersburg||30.76″||+4.48″ (26.28″)||7.93″||-1.40″ (9.33″)|
|Jackson||40.54″||+9.43″ (9.43″)||10.96″||+0.36″ (10.60″)|
The good news is that we are heading into a wetter pattern for the next couple of weeks, which should help fill the rain gauges across our region. With that being said, however, comes the risk once again for locally heavy rainfall.
A frontal boundary that will be approaching the region Tuesday will stall across the tri-state Wednesday. It will be meandering in our area for several days following that, including next weekend. Though this will not ruin any outdoor plans, afternoon hit-or-miss showers and thunderstorms are a good bet – the umbrella would be a good accessory to keep nearby.
This stalled front will make for a wetter than average pattern for the next couple of weeks. The threat for locally heavy rainfall will also be around until the front moves on by, which at this point could be early next week – it’s a threat we will keep a close eye on in the StormTracker 13 Weather Lab!