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A Flash Flood Watch will be in effect beginning Friday morning through Saturday afternoon. Rainfall totals of 2 to 5 inches will be possible especially north of I-20 toward the Red River through Saturday. Isolated heavier amounts in excess of 5 inches can be expected.
Here's a look at shower and thunderstorm chances on Friday. A Flash Flood Watch will be in effect Friday morning through Saturday afternoon. Heavy rain and flooding will be possible during the day and night on Friday. Allow for extra time to your destinations during your morning and afternoon commutes!
Here are a few flash flood safety tips. Be cautious of areas that are prone to flooding and be especially cautious at night when it's harder to recognize flood dangers. Never drive through flooded roadways!
Astronomical Fall starts this Saturday September 22nd. On this day, both hemispheres receive the same amount of radiation. Day and night are nearly equal in length (approximately 12 hours). Days will slowly become shorter and nights will be longer.

 
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North Texas Flash Flood Climatology

   

 

Flash flooding kills more people annually than any other type of severe weather.  There are numerous social, educational, and political issues that contribute to the high fatality rates associated with flash flooding.  According to the American Meteorology Society (AMS), flash flooding is a “flood that rises and falls quite rapidly with little or no advance warning, usually as the result of intense rainfall over a relatively small area.”  But what does that mean?  How much rain over how big of an area constitutes a flash flood?  Forecasters, the public, the media, storm spotters, and law enforcement officials all have ideas about whether a situation is a flash flood or not.  It is ultimately up to National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters to classify whether an event is a flash flood.  Storm Data, issued by the National Climatic Data Center, is the official publication for severe weather events.  Flash flooding was first documented in Storm Data in 1995. 

 

Unlike other severe weather events, such as tornadoes and hail, flash flooding can be caused and exacerbated by high population densities and poorly planned urban infrastructure.  This makes flash flooding a unique warning and forecasting challenge as forecasters must take into account more than just meteorological factors.  That is why this database, which identifies the most dangerous locations in north Texas, can be a crucial piece of information for issuing effective warnings.  In addition, findings from this study may be incorporated into warning templates, thereby strengthening the public’s perception of danger and hopefully saving lives.

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