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Flash Flood Watch Continues Through Wednesday

9:11 PM, Jul 2, 2013   |    comments
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Triad -- Our current weather pattern continues to bring rain chances through Thursday.

As a feed of tropical moisture funnels up from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic, the atmosphere is ripe for producing heavy rains. There is a chance of rain any time, but mainly during the afternoons. On average, most of us will likely see 1-2" of rain. For those caught under the heaviest storms, 3-4" will be possible

The potential for heavy rain in a short period of time has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Flash Flood Watch for the entire area until 8pm Wednesday.

With any of these storms heavy rain is likely to be the biggest problem. After a very wet June, many places have almost saturated soil. It won't take very much to cause rivers and streams to jump their banks. Always remember - never walk or drive through standing water.

Since June 1, we have picked up 8.52". That is the total through Monday. 

In that same period, there have been only nine rain-free days. That means 23 of the last 32 days have had at least a trace of rain. We have almost doubled the average rainfall for the period.

Tuesday did not bring an incredible amount of rain to the Triad, but it certainly was enough to keep everything wet through a majority of the day. The Piedmont Triad International Airport received 0.10" of rain with nearly 0.20" at Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston Salem. Burlington received nearly 0.70". The greatest rainfall on Tuesday was received in the foothills where 2.10" fell in Wilkesboro.

Officials with Guilford County Agricultural Center, say too much rain could damage crops. And it can also bring fungus, mildew and new disease. But despite the heavy rain, corn crops are thriving and the grass is greener.

WFMY News 2

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