Mid-South rain totals through Friday...more storms on the way

Mid-South rain totals through Friday...more storms on the way

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - We started talking about the threat for heavy rain for the middle of the week several days in advance. A strong low pressure system and a weather phenomenon known as the "Maya Express" were the main culprits. The Maya Express is when deep moisture is pulled north in between a large high and low pressure. The moisture originates from the eastern Pacific and combines with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. A stationary front over eastern Arkansas and along the Mississippi River stayed in place for a few days, which became the focal point for the highest rain totals. Most areas had an average of 4-7 inches, but some places received 10 inches or more, like Clarksdale at a whopping 12.55 inches! Germantown came in at 10.12 inches. Other areas of note not listed in the graphic are listed below.

Hernando – 9.62
Southaven – 9.56
Byhalia – 7.80
Tunica – 6.98
Senatobia – 9.51

Collierville – 8.77
Memphis (NWS) – 8.43
Bartlett – 7.57
Bells – 8.71
Jackson – 7.61
Brownsville – 7.64

Helena – 10.23
Marked Tree – 7.42
Earle – 6.65
Hughes – 7.94

SEVERE THREAT SUNDAY EVENING: More rain is on the way this weekend thanks to the exact same system.  It may even produce a few severe storms Sunday evening from 6 PM – 10 PM. The main threat is gusty wind and hail, mainly in eastern Arkansas. It will finally move out by Monday morning. We will have updates on the small risk for severe storms through the weekend, so check back for the latest updates.

Spencer Denton
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