Friday, June 3, 2016

San Antonio Has Received Twice Its Normal Year-to-date Rainfall

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 7:48 AM

click to enlarge Storm clouds gather over Downtown. - FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS/JOHN TEDESCO
  • Flickr Creative Commons/John Tedesco
  • Storm clouds gather over Downtown.
San Antonio typically gets a foot of rain by early June, but rainfall totals are double that this year, according to the National Weather Service.

A wet spring combined with torrential rains over the past few days have contributed to the lofty total, soaking the soil and creating ideal conditions for flash floods.

click to enlarge Map showing how much rain San Antonio has received relative to the average amount. - NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
  • National Weather Service
  • Map showing how much rain San Antonio has received relative to the average amount.

Storms have closed streets and caused power outages around San Antonio. They've had deadlier consequences elsewhere.

At Fort Hood, five soldiers died after their vehicle became stuck in a creek and turned over. Four more soldiers who were also in the vehicle are still missing, and three were rescued. Six other people across Texas have died in recent floods. Hundreds more, particularly southeast of San Antonio, have evacuated their homes.    

But there's more precipitation yet to come. The NWS predicts that San Antonio could receive up to 3 inches of rain between now and Sunday. A flash flood watch is in effect for the city and surrounding area until Friday evening, and the coming storms could also bring hail.

Still, San Antonio has a ways to go for this to be the city's rainiest year ever. The record for Alamo City rainfall is 52.28 inches, set in 1973.

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