South TX Rain (9/17/2011)

Figure 1. Deep layer moisture convergence (red) and mixing ratio (green).

Moisture convergence from the afternoon sea-breeze and a short-wave trough coming out of Mexico is combining and sparking some decent showers and thunderstorms over south/south-central TX.  This shower activity will persist into the early evening and should be less active later tonight.  Shower and thunderstorm activity will continue tomorrow and even Monday influenced by mid-level trough moving across the Southern Plains, as well as a surface cold front that will push through the entire state.

This is great news for the TX drought and the wildfires still burning in the state.  Hydrometeorological Prediction Center is calling for 0.50″-2.00″ over the next 5 days over the entire state:

Figure 2. HPC's 5-day accumulated 5-day rainfall total for the lower 48.

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