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The Earth’s atmosphere circulates to create storms in the Plains

Storms have been merging and merging in the United States recently. This will result in flooding and head towards a prolonged drought across portions of the High Plains.

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The Heartland of the United States has experienced a variety of weather events in recent weeks, from the persistent drought in parts of the High Plains to the heavy rain and significant flooding that happened in the St. Louis area last month. However, AccuWeather meteorologists predict that this coming week will see the development of thunderstorm clusters that will bring swaths of heavy rain and localized floods to the area.

As the storm system left the Rocky Mountains and started to travel through the Plains, it brought heavy thunderstorms to eastern Colorado, eastern Wyoming, and Nebraska to conclude the weekend. The system will draw moisture from the Gulf of Mexico as it moves further east, giving rise to thunderstorms that will be soaking in rain.

The storm zone is situated between the Northwest’s sweltering temperatures and the East Coast’s first taste of fall.

“The Northeast will experience chilly air, while the southern Plains will experience hotter, more humid weather due to a stationary front. This week, rounds of intense rains will center on this conflict zone “According to Senior Meteorologist at AccuWeather Mike LeSeney,

Beginning on Monday, regions of South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, and western Illinois may experience heavy rain and the greatest risk of flooding due to the storm system’s and front’s sluggish advance. In this region, a phenomenon known as “training” can cause many rounds of intense thunderstorms to pass over the same areas at once, quickly turning manageable rainfall totals into a threat of floods. Extreme thunderstorms have been known to dump a month’s worth of rain in a few of hours.

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A general 2 to 4 inches of rain is anticipated through Wednesday in the areas affected by strong storms, but some locations, like the Ozarks in central and southern Missouri, might see locally higher totals. Given the geography of the area, any runoff will more easily funnel into little streams and valleys, so in the coming days, this is an area to pay particular attention to.

This torrential downpour poses a concern to cities like Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Des Moines, Iowa; and Kansas City. St. Louis will also be an especially vulnerable area. LeSeney warned that given the recent flooding and high rain in the St. Louis region, flooding problems might develop with less rain than usual.

Even though the flood hazard is more isolated, areas like northeastern Nebraska, far eastern Kansas, Arkansas, and eastern Tennessee might see torrential downpours.

Only a few miles can separate gentle rain from a chance of a dangerous flash flood, illustrating the significant variations in conditions that can occur over short distances. Even if a location only experiences light precipitation, runoff from nearby storms can cause rapid increases in river and stream levels.

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We would want to caution anyone driving during this heavy rain not to drive across floodwaters as the depth is much greater than it may seem. The safest course of action is always to avoid driving on flooded roadways because a significant share of flooding-related deaths occur in vehicles.

Many sections of the Plains will benefit from any rain that does fall this week, despite any potential flooding risks. Nearly 40% of Missouri is experiencing some level of drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. In Arkansas, where drought conditions are present in 73% of the state, that number is almost twice as high. Even though floods can swiftly result from too much rain at once, any rain will be good for the local crops.

Unfortunately, it is anticipated that the most of the rain would skip over the Plains’ worst-hitting drought regions, which include Texas, Oklahoma, and western Kansas.

As the week comes to an end, those hoping for drier weather might be in luck. While the Central United States may occasionally see storms and showers, there is less probability that there will be widespread heavy rain by the end of the workweek as the system quickly moves off to the east.

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