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Record rain as ex-cyclone Esther passes over Australia #Cyclone #Rain #Australia


Deadly #FlashFloods and record #rainfall in #Tennessee and #Alabama, #USA


Storms brought record rainfall to parts of Tennessee and Alabama from 29 December, causing flash flooding in which 2 people died.

In Tennessee, several roads were closed in Williamson County, where the Emergency Management Agency reported 2 water rescues. One person was rescued from a flooded home in Maury County. One person died after being swept away by flood waters in Gallatin, Sumner County, on 30 December, 2019.

National Weather Service Nashville said via Social Media on 30 December:

“As of 9:21 p.m., Nashville has measured 2.53″ of rain today. This sets a new rainfall record for December 29 and also raises our yearly rainfall total to 64.27″. So 2019 is now the 3rd wettest year on record. Only 1979 (70.12″) and 1880 (67.32″) saw more rainfall.”

Meanwhile in Alabama, one person died after a vehicle was submerged in flood waters in Anderson in Lauderdale County on 29 December. Two other vehicles were recovered, and those drivers were uninjured.

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#Winter has come to #California … in May. Record #rainfall, more #snow on the way


Southern California was hit by the wettest winter in years.

The snowpack, an important measurement of the state’s water supply, looks great.

And in mid-May — two months after the official end of winter — the rain and snow just keep coming.

California was clobbered this week by another storm, which dumped snow on the Sierra and set rain records in the Southland.

More winter conditions are on tap for parts of Northern California this weekend, and the National Weather Service predicts colder-than-average temperatures for the entire state next week.

There also is a chance of more showers in Southern California in the coming days, which could bring up to half an inch of precipitation to some areas, according to the weather service.

May storms are far from unheard of, but experts said what we saw this week was unusual.

“In April, we’d have low-pressure systems move through and instead of bringing a lot of rain, they’d barely give us anything,” said Lisa Phillips, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “This system is a little different in that we are getting significant moisture with it. It’s definitely out of the norm.”

The low-pressure system comes on the heels of an extremely wet winter in California. A series of atmospheric river storms that hit during the winter months bolstered the snowpack, filled reservoirs and streams, and even left the state drought-free for the first time in nearly a decade.

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