A slow moving disturbance with an abundance of moisture began dumping rain on the East Texas area Thursday morning and caused some minor flooding and closing of some roadways.
Aaron Stevens, meteorologist of the National Weather Service in Shreveport, Louisiana, said the Tyler area had received 2.47 inches of rain as of about 3 p.m. Thursday.
“It is a very large area of moisture and was slowly sliding south bringing the area rain throughout the day,” Stevens said.
“We are very abnormal right now, and one of the main factors they are pointing to is a huge hurricane in Japan last month, which has shaken up the normal weather patterns. Because of that hurricane, it put a kink in everything, and this is our third cold front of July, which is very unusual.”
He said East Texas also is moving into a weak to moderate El Niño, which will impact the region and cause a shift in weather patterns in the winter months, which means the area should see warmer temperatures and increased rainfall.
“We’ve been seeing more intense events over the past several years. East Texas is still in a drought, but there has been some major progress,” he said.
Stevens said as of Wednesday, the area was just more than an inch of rain below normal for the month and 7 inches below average for the year, but he said the area has received a good amount of rain in this event.
As of noon Thursday, Lake Tyler was 6 inches below a full pool of 375.50 feet and Lake Palestine was .35 feet below the full pool of 344.65 feet.
“We still need some rainfall to catch up with our norms, but we are in July, when it is typically hot and dry. If we do move into a wetter than usual fall and winter, then we might make up the deficits,” he said.