Storms from Ohio Valley are expected to end Northeast ‘flash drought’ as flash floodings loom
A storm system from Ohio Valley on Sunday is expected to bring severe weather to the East Coast next week, possibly flooding certain parts of the Northeast with heavy rain after a summer of drought.
The region is currently experiencing the realms of a drastic drought, similar to other areas in the U.S., noticeably in California, the southwest, and Texas.
Within the last 60 days, extreme drought was mostly across Rhode Island, central Massachusetts and eastern Connecticut. Two-to-five inches below normal rainfall were reported in Southeast New England, southeastern New York and northern New Jersey.
‘We will get some rain, and some of these areas need it,’ FOX Weather meteorologist Craig Herrera said. ‘We’ve been dealing with some drought conditions out here. We could watch for the possibility of some flash flooding in the card for some of you, as some of these areas will get some pretty heavy rain in a short amount of time.’
Areas likely to be issued flash flood warnings from Monday until Tuesday morning are mostly in eastern Pennsylvania, including Scranton, Allentown, and Philadlephia.
Southeast New York state, such as Utica, Binghamton, Albany and Kingston, as well as part of southern New England, including Boston, Hartford and Providence will also be targeted although rainfall in these areas is expected to last up to three days.
Another destination likely to experience flash flood threats for the first two days of the new week is New York City, according to Fox Weather.
The Northeast is likely to be on the receiving end of a minor flash flood threat from Monday to Tuesday morning after expericing a ‘flash drought’ through the summer
An abundance of rain is expected through most of the Northeast over the next three days although most areas will expect one-to-two inches or even less
‘Some of the (rain) totals look pretty impressive, especially into the higher elevations. We could get a little bit of lift,’ Herrera added.
‘We could get some numbers closer to two or three inches over into portions of northern Pennsylvania, into portions of New Jersey, New York as well, and right into Massachusetts where we need it as well.’
No more than one-to-two inches of rain is expected to fall in Pennsylvania as well as New England.
New York City, Hartford and New London, Connecticut, could tally up to two inches of rainfall until Wednesday.
That should end the ‘flash drought’ that’s been in the Northeast for much of this summer, as states like Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine all experienced below-par levels of precipitation throughout the summer.
Boston reported nearly six inches of rain under normal standards, having cumulated only a little more than three inches of rain since June 1.
Another example of low rainfall is Newark, New Jersey, where precipitation levels are almost eight inches below average.
Most of New England as well as certain parts of Pennsylvania, upstate New York, Rhode Island, and New Jersey have unusually experienced sessions of drought this summer
Several areas in New Jersey, Massachusettes, Pennsylvania and New York are in need of rain to alleviate concerns of a drought that could potentially continue into the fall
Monday-to-Tuesday’s storms will be coming from the Ohio Valley, where one-to-two inches of rain is expected to fall on Sunday
The heat in the area was so concerning that residents in some northeastern states were asked to be prudent with how they used water.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont asked residents to use less water in mid-July in the hope of prolonging the drought.
Meanwhile, on Sunday evening, severe thunderstorms and high winds are expected to go across the Ohio Valley and into the Appalachians.
The storm will go south into the Mississippi Valley before its expected arrival in the Northeast a day later.
Residents in cities including Erie, Pennsylvania; Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio; as well Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, are projected to endure heavy rainfall and potentially tornadoes through most of Sunday.
Several areas of the Ohio Valley could end up with one-to-two inches of rain if more severe weather evolves.
A tornado near McComb, Ohio, where no more than two inches of rain are expected in the area on Sunday night
Fans walk about while play resumes after a rain delay during the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Saturday, August 20, 2022, in Mason, Ohio, as severe storms loom in