AUSTIN (KXAN) — Tropical Depression Beta dissipated into a remnant low overnight, and is slowly moving out of Texas today. Beta dropped up to 14.80″ of rain in southern parts of Houston, leading to significant flooding issues. Use caution if you are traveling that way today.
Some Austin area rain totals exceeded 1 inch. Some LCRA totals out in Fayette county have exceeded 3.5″.
As the storm system exits Texas late today, drier, warmer afternoons will follow for the rest of the week. Nights will actually get cooler as drier air and clearer skies return.
For only the second time in history (2005 was the first) there have been so many tropical storms and hurricanes this year we have exhausted the list, making the Greek alphabet our new source for names for the rest of the season.
This season has been record-breaking in another way. Not only is it only the second time the Greek alphabet has been used, it has occurred nearly a month earlier than in 2005.
In addition, nine storms have made landfall in the U.S. this season–tying a record established in 1916.
Climate change is making hurricanes slower and wetter. Here’s the latest peer-reviewed research:
- Storms moving 16% slower near landfall
- Storms are 10% stronger
- Storms are 15% wetter