Yesterday’s flooding event in Texas was a high end flooding event in the Austin, TX area with 10″+ of rain falling in the area. This led to some pretty extreme flash flooding in that area. Let’s go to a few of the more compelling photos and videos.
Why The Heavy Rain?
Heavy rain events like the one impacting the San Antonio to Austin area yesterday are not easy to come by. It takes a special case of high moisture content in the atmosphere, training cells, and enough instability to sustain storms over the same area for a few hours.
All of that did come together to create a higher end flash flooding event in the Austin metro area (and immediate adjacent areas to the SW).
— Tornado Trackers (@tornadotrackers) October 30, 2015
One of the things you see immediately after a flash flood are the debris which the water carried downstream. Check out the aftermath in the Austin area in the pics above.
Major flooding continues in Austin, TX area with 10”+ of rain falling just today. pic.twitter.com/98MfHIog2P
— MyRadar (@MyRadarWX) October 30, 2015
Officially at the Austin airport, just over 14″ of rain were recorded. It left many highways looking like lakes.
— Kolten Parker (@KoltenParker) October 31, 2015
— Kristyn Leon (@Kristyn_leon) October 30, 2015
— NBC News Pictures (@NBCNewsPictures) October 31, 2015
The rainfall was one for the record books, with several areas picking up historically high rainfall totals for the day.
Also there was at least one tornado yesterday in Floresville, TX:
— TWC News Austin (@TWCNewsAustin) October 30, 2015
In total (according to the SPC storm reports), 7 total twisters were spawned yesterday in the Lone Star State.
The weather is calming down now, but we are expecting another trough by next week, which should (once again) bring heavy rain to the region.