Heavy Rain Batters The Gulf Coast From Louisiana To The Florida Panhandle


The weekend of June 8-10, 2012 was one of the wettest weekends in a very long time for this region. Thunderstorms and very heavy rain started in the middle of the afternoon on Friday and continued all the way through Sunday Night.

An upper level feature began to slide through Eastern Texas towards the Gulf of Mexico and this interacted with a quasi-stationary front that was situated along the Northern Gulf Coast. The two features acted together to create a very moist atmosphere which lead to heavy rainfall in many areas of the Gulf Coast.

Some estimated rainfall totals from around the region can be seen below. “Be advised all totals are estimated and may be lower or higher.
New Orleans LA- around 2inches
Gulfport MS- 8.5inches
Ocean Springs MS- 3.57inches
Mobile AL- over 10inches
Pensacola FL- over 15inches

This type of rain caused many flash flood warnings to be issued by the National Weather Service. The majority of the rainfall occurred in heavy t-storms, however we did see a lot of training occurring in these areas which is defined as storms follow over the same area.

Pensacola Florida got so much rain on Saturday that it went into the record book for single day rainfall totals. Images coming out of this region showed flooded streets along with flooded houses.