Weather the storm and see the sunshine

Published on Sunday, 6 April 2014 22:57 - Written by Faith Harper, fharper@tylerpaper.com

 

Roads flooded and cars were dented as a thunderstorm rolled through East Texas on Sunday.

According to the National Weather Service, between 2 and 5 inches fell in Smith County and surrounding areas.

Sunday also set a record low temperature with a high of 51 degrees, which was two degrees below the former record of 53, which was set in 1963.

“It fell so heavy and in such a short period of time that the runoff could not keep up, and therefore those areas that flood easily filled up,” said KYTX CBS19 Chief Meteorologist John Adams said. “We had not had a lot of rain recently. The ground should have been able to handle a general rain, but this came so fast that it couldn’t.”

The rain was a welcome sight for the area, which is below it annual rainfall totals.

As of 4 p.m. Sunday, Tyler received 8.41 inches of rainfall in 2014, down 3.19 inches from its normal annual rainfall count of 11.6 inches.

Longview has received 8.81 inches since the beginning of the year, down 3.61 inches from an average rainfall count of 12.42 inches.

“We are still about three inches low for the year, but this rain cut about half of the deficit,” Adams said.

The storm was a accumulation of a low-pressure system moving over the Gulf, drawing up moisture and an upper air trough moving eastward, Adams said. The thunderstorms sparked when the two systems collided.

Adams said hail ranging from pea-sized to quarter-sized also was seen scattered through East Texas Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

ONCOR spokesman Charles Hill said outrages were repaired quickly, and there were no widespread outages. He said the largest number of people were in the dark between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., and it was caused by hail. The storm did not produce high-speed winds.

Some Northland Cable customers were without the Internet during the storm

Adams said a severe thunderstorm watch remained in effect until 7 a.m. today, and there was a chance for more rain in the afternoon and evening.

He said highs would remain in the 60s until Wednesday, when they were expected to warm up to the 70s and remain there through the weekend.

There also is a chance for more rain next weekend, he said.