Mar 9, 2016

The South Is Getting Deluged… And Facing Strong Storm Surge

Texas
Louisiana
Galveston Bay, Texas
New Orleans, LA
USA
by
Hal Needham
,
WxShift
Two-day precipitation totals show a bullseye over the South. Image: NOAA/NCEP
Two-day precipitation totals show a bullseye over the South. Image: NOAA/NCEP

A deep low centered over South Texas has dumped substantial rainfall over portions of Texas and Louisiana, while generating prolonged onshore winds and storm surge that has led to minor coastal flooding. As heavy rains continue today, this storm may showcase the combined effect of a heavy rain event coupled with a prolonged storm surge. A Nature Climate Change article published in 2015 found that compound rain-surge events are increasing for many major U.S. cities, in part due to sea level rise