Japan hurricane cited as reason for unusual East Texas weather

Published on Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:01 - Written by BY KENNETH DEAN, kdean@tylerpaper.com

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A slow-moving disturbance with an abundance of moisture began dumping rain on the East Texas area this morning, and has caused some minor flooding and closing of some roadways. 

Aaron Stevens, meteorologist of the National Weather Service in Shreveport, La., said the Tyler area had received 1.34 inches since nightfall. 

"It is a very large area of moisture, and it's 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 we are also moving into a weak-to-moderate El Nino, which will impact us and cause a shift in weather patterns in the winter months. That 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 progress," he said. 

Stevens said as of Wednesday, the area was more than an inch of rain below normal for the month and seven inches below average for the year, but he added the area has received a good amount of rain in the storms that started overnight.