Rainfall Data as of 7:00 AM Tuesday
By the early morning hours of June 4th, 2019, Del Rio, Texas was already setting record rainfall amounts - with over five inches of rain between the early morning hours of Monday (June 3rd) and Tuesday (June 4th). The Del Rio International Airport precipitation gauge reported a total of 5.14 inches of rain during this period, already putting June 2019 within the top-ten wettest on record (since 1906 records began).
Some areas around the general vicinity have recorded even more rain - Laughlin AFB, for example, although suffering from frequent weather sensor outages, recorded 6.65 inches between 7:00 am Monday and 7:00 am Tuesday - almost entirely within a six hour period.
The majority of the rainfall has been nocturnal - with approximately half of an inch recorded in the Del Rio area early Monday morning, followed by some areas reporting between half and three-quarters of an inch on Monday evening, then persistent heavy rain topping off the rain gauges very early Tuesday morning.
Many areas of flooding were also reported, with numerous road closures across Del Rio and surrounding areas, although many vehicles were noted trapped in low water crossings, despite road barriers in place.
The recent rainfall is in response to a late-spring upper-level disturbance situated over the Desert Southwest. This system has caused an influx of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico (where a tropical disturbance is supplying additional moisture) into the Del Rio vicinity, leaving the air far more humid than typical. Saturated soil from recent rainfall in May has also limited soil absorption, leading to increased flooding concerns during heavy rain events.
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