On Monday in Dallas, a vehicle travels through heavy water on South Second Avenue. Since Sunday night, the Dallas-Fort Worth region has seen heavy rain and flash floods.
The Dallas-Fort Worth area was pounded by thunderstorms Sunday night into Monday, dumping copious quantities of rain in only 18 hours, flooding houses and streets, and prompting several drivers to leave their cars in high water.
Some places had rainfall that met the criteria for a flood that occurs once in 1,000 years, or 0.1% of the time. As the impacts of climate change deepen, it is anticipated that this type of intense precipitation will happen more regularly.
According to a report from Dallas Water Utilities, 13 to 15 inches of rain fell on the east side of the city in the last 24 hours. The majority of the Dallas–Fort Worth region received 6–10 inches of rain.
For North Texas through Monday night at 8 p.m. and for Central Texas through Monday night at 7 p.m., the National Weather Service has issued flood watches. The heaviest rains is moving towards Central Texas while flooding in North Texas starts to subside. As the storm system travels south, further rainfall of between 2 to 5 inches is expected.
Dallas emergency management authorities are warning locals not to go because of rising water that has covered numerous roads.
Rescue attempts have been sparked by the flash floods, which in some cases are thought to be life-threatening. Since 6 p.m. Sunday, the Dallas Fire Department alone has responded to hundreds of automobile accidents and other water-related incidents.
The week is predicted to be filled with thunderstorms. It's a startling turnaround from a few days ago, when a large portion of the state was suffering from an acute drought. In Balch Springs, a Dallas neighborhood where nine homes were recently burned by a grass fire, WFAA reports that properties are absorbing water.
Climate scientists have discovered that the increase in average temperature brought on by climate change may significantly impact severe precipitation occurrences by intensifying rainfall during storms.
Since 1960, Texas has experienced an increase in rainfall intensity of roughly 7%. According to a 2021 assessment by the state's climatologist, the danger of severe precipitation events is rising over the whole state, despite the fact that precipitation totals in the Western half of the state have largely been stable or dropping over the previous century.
According to the analysis, Texas might see 30% to 50% more instances of heavy rain by 2036 than it did from 1950 to 1999.
According to the Fourth National Climate Assessment, scientists have also discovered that large flooding and heavy rain events are occurring more frequently than in the past during droughts. The Southern Great Plains, which comprise Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, are predicted to continue seeing an increase in both the frequency and severity of heavy precipitation.