June 5, 2009

Thunderstorms Soaking the Southeast

Drenching thunderstorms will soak parts of the Southeast today into Saturday. The wet pattern could be repeated in parts of the Southeast during the fall and winter thanks to a developing El Niño.

El Niño is a warmer-than-average current in the tropical Pacific that is suspected of altering weather patterns in the United States and around the globe.

A storm system will continue to overspread the Southeast with drenching showers and thunderstorms today through Saturday. One small band of rain is currently pushing through the western Carolinas. This feature has held together since moving over Mobile and Pensacola on Thursday.

Heavy downpours throughout the Southeast could lead to travel delays, both on the ground and in the air. Localized flash flooding may occur, especially along small streams and in urban and poor drainage areas.

A few of the cities that the downpours will soak into Saturday include Tallahassee, Savannah and Jacksonville.

For some areas in the South, the wet weather pattern will continue this June. The month could end up as the third consecutive month of above-average rainfall.

AccuWeather.com meteorologists will be carefully watching for the formation of another storm system next week. That storm could form in the June breeding ground for tropical systems, which includes the nearby western Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.

If that second system develops and threatens the Southeast, dangerous flooding problems will be renewed.

By Dave Houk

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