Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Clouburst update

You probably won't be eating lunch outside; impressive rain totals trickling in.

Clouburst update

Driving around this morning, we enountered some Son of Floyd moments, still we were surprised at the heft of some of the rain totals.

Between 8 and 11 a.m., the Doylestown rain gauge weighed in with 1.62 inches.

In Philadelphia, just between 10 and 11, 0.88 inches found its way into the measuring cup at Philadelphia International Airport.

That bumped the storm total to 0.91, and the monthly figure to 2.3 inches, or more than fell in all of February or March.

Pulses of moderate to heavy rain continue to pound parts of the region. The radar image shows that the axis of drenching has shifted eastward, but the rains should back off for awhile this afternoon.

More rounds of moderate to heavy rains are possible from midafternoon through tonight, the National Weather Service says, and widespread 2-inch totals definitely are possible.

Given that precipitation has been below normal each of the first seven months of the year, the rivers and streams aren't brimming, and the flash-flood potential is minimal.

Severe weather is unlikely, but the Storm Prediction Center has placed the entire Midatlantic region in a "slight risk" category.

    

Tony Wood Inquirer Weather Columnist
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Tony Wood has been writing about the atmosphere for The Inquirer for 26 years.

Reach Tony at twood@phillynews.com.

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