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Old Yesterday, 05:00 PM
Location: Houston(Screwston),TX
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Originally Posted by 908kiddo View Post
Iím more so referring to the duration of time it rains. I agree, it rains hard and perhaps even frequently. But even if itís forecasted to rain for a week straight, it seems like it comes and goes in less than 30mins to an hour. Even if itís more than once a day, it always seems to be in modest increments. Oddly enough, it actually just happened as it type this.
I actually know what you mean. I lived in Atlanta for 2 years, coming from Houston it was a little refreshing to see that 30 mins to 45 min rain in Atlanta. That seem to be the norm to me when it would rain. In Houston when it rains generally IT RAINS and it could just hover around for an hour or 2. Or it just feels like it.
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Old Yesterday, 05:45 PM
Location: ATL -> HOU -> DAL
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Summer is full of "air mass thunderstorms". Abundant low level moisture (aka it's humid as crap), general low pressure over the SE allows daytime convective heating to occur providing the lift and there's enough instability to allow towering thunderstorms. Low shear prevents most from becoming severe or even tornado (unlike springtime). But some overachieve. Regardless many of them are very localized and move out fairly quickly

Fall, Winter, and Spring often feature low pressure systems to the north with a SW to NE oriented cold front dragging its butt to the east bringing the longer lasting rain. Then you also have the occasional gulf low coming up north which can bring some warm front induced rain. But generally mid-latitude lows don't come this far south which is why it can be so difficult to get snow. With a low to the north we're often in the "warm" sector getting rain. Cold front brings cold air but wring out all that moisture ahead of time. What you need to happen is to have that low and warm sector to the south. Then you can get that snow to make it all the way to the ground.
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Old Yesterday, 10:57 PM
Location: Lake Spivey, Georgia
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February and early June of THIS year we had DAYS of rain. I remember them well. The June one was just as we started summer school.
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Old Today, 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by 908kiddo View Post
Or is it just me? Iím originally from the mid Atlantic by way of the northeast and when it rains up there, it rains for hours, sometimes even days at a time

How come it doesnít seem to rain for more than a few minutes down here? What geographical/environmental factors are in play?

Donít get me wrong, I love it..definitely a perk of living here. But Iím just curious.
Itís just you. There were threads about days of relentless rain not that long ago.
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Old Today, 09:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Saintmarks View Post
Well, I am thankful it doesn't rain incessantly for days on end. Who wants that?
There were days in the past, before I had a kid and I did a lot of work from home (or just didn't work at all), that I loved a nice series of rainy days. Something about it made me more productive.
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