July 7, 2015 is now the wettest day on record for Abilene. At 11:09 AM they had received 6.58 inches of rain for the day. That means today is the wettest day on record for Abilene. The previous record was 6.54 inches back on May 11, 1928. Rain continues to fall and the rain total will continue to rise today. It goes without saying that significant flooding is a problem in Abilene and surrounding areas with numerous water rescues in progress since this morning.
Flash Flood Watches continue into Wednesday for the Permian Basin, Big Country, Northwest Texas, and western North Texas as rain chances will continue into Wednesday. Some locations may receive an addition 4 to 6 inches of rain by the time this event concludes tomorrow.
Flooding will remain a concern in areas that have already received heavy rain today along with other locations where any training storms set up shop. Training thunderstorms are storms that redevelop/back build and move over the same location. On a radar loop it’ll look like a stationary band of heavy rain.
River flooding and lake rises will occur in and downstream of locations that receive several inches of rain. That means the water rises around Abilene will move downstream and impact locations downstream of the Big Country this week. Some lakes out that way are actually still low so that is good news for those water sources.