Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hermine Summary - So Far

The images above and below show the latest position of Tropical Storm Hermine, which is currently located just Northwest of Fredericksburg, TX.  The above image shows the radar perspective from the New Braunfels, TX radar site.  The image below shows a visible satellite image perspective (from outer space, no less).

Hermine is still not through with the Lone Star State...but has already left a mark or two.  The images below show significant storm reports so far since landfall.  First image is from southcentral Texas, with a few of the more notable reports highlighted on the left hand side of the image (click to enlarge):

The second image highlights reports from central Texas so far today:

Not really addressed by the above images is the widespread, heavy rainfall.  Here at my house near Kyle we have measured 3.03 inches so far today, and it's still raining moderately at this time.  We need every drop we can get, and fortunately the rains in our area fell in such a way as to not cause any major problems (other than a few of the unavoidable fender benders, etc.)

Other parts of the state, particularly further South and East, haven't been so lucky.  While the rains were much needed there as well...they fell even heavier, and in a shorter time period.  Below is the doppler radar estimation of total rainfall so far in association with Hermine.  The site is again from New Braunfels, TX (click to enlarge):

The brightest pink and purple areas (most widespread near the coast) indicate total rainfall estimates of 6 to 8 inches.  The red shaded areas indicate rainfall of 3-4 inches.  The orange and yellow areas correspond to estimates of 1.5 to 3 inches.

Below is the same information, except as presented by the Corpus Christi radar site:

...and the Brownsville radar site (where the white shaded areas indicate rainfall estimates of greater than 10 inches, mostly over water):

Hermine continues on North/Northwestward this evening as a Tropical Storm, even some 200 miles from the coast!  Further weakening, at least insofar as the winds are concerned, is likely this evening and overnight, but the heavy rainfall threat is far from over.  Below is the latest forecast of rainfall potential for Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri through tomorrow, where the rains have yet to begin in earnest:

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