Flooding Downpours Continue In Southwest
UPDATED 6:30 AM PDT, August 26, 2013
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier and James West
Although the remnants of Tropical Storm Ivo remain offshore of Baja California, moisture from the system will continue to be pushed into the U.S. Desert Southwest. The end result is another day of scattered downpours and thunderstorms.
The downpours are being fed moisture from the tropical Pacific. This is being funneled by a sprawling Plains high pressure system and a North Pacific low pressure system.
Flash Flood and Flood Watches remain in place from southeastern California into eastern Utah and far western Colorado, including Palm Springs, Calif., Flagstaff, Ariz., Las Vegas, Moab, Utah and Grand Junction, Colo.
A quick inch of rain could inundate these regions today, leading to flash flooding. Normally dry washes could easily turn into fast-moving rivers and burn areas from recent fires could experience debris flows with the excessive runoff. Remember, "Turn Around, Don`t Drown!"
The rain began to creep into the Southwest on Saturday. One of the highest totals was from an Earth Networks Live Tracking Station in Wenden, Ariz., which received 1.84 inches.
Despite the flood threat, the rain is much-needed. Much of the Southwest, Great Basin and Mountain West remain in at least a moderate long-term drought.
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