The lowdown on the low that’s got us down

Extensive rains across the region over the weekend caused numerous problems with flooded rivers, creeks, roads, downed trees and landslides. A break in the rain on Sunday evening produced a beautiful rainbow in Madison County, but the break was brief and more rain moved in until things began to clear out Monday morning, May 6.

As of Monday evening, the rainfall total at Asheville Regional Airport for the event stands at 4.08 inches ( 0.57” on Saturday, 3.40” on Sunday, and 0.11” Monday morning), but there is the possibility that we will see more rain over the next day or two.

As always, a picture can say so much more than words. The image below shows how much rain has fallen between Saturday and Monday afternoon. Areas in red have seen over 6 inches of rain!

Image: National Weather Service    

So, what’s causing all this mess?
The unsettled weather is being caused by an area of low pressure in the atmosphere that is meandering around the Southeast. And, while our skies cleared on Monday providing some much needed relief from the rain, as long as the low is in the region, it has the potential to destabilize things and produce showers and thunderstorms. (Think of it as an unruly neighbor who likes to throw rowdy parties!) The low pressure area is expected to slowly move to the east and finally clear the region later in the week, but until then, we will continue to see the chance for rain and thunderstorms.


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