(SOURCE) Days of heavy rain in southern France triggered flash floods and severe river flooding, killing at least five people and forcing the evacuations of thousands.
“The culprit was a stuck upper-level low over the western Mediterranean Sea cutoff from the main jet stream,” weather.com senior meteorologist Jonathan Erdman. “While this first low will weaken and slide east, another closed low aloft may form over the Iberian peninsula later this week, bringing more locally heavy rain to the south of France later this week.”
Erdman said that, in just a few days, some areas in the region experienced rainfall totals more than double their average for the entire month.
“Perpignan, France picked up 8.75 inches (222 millimeters) of rain from November 28 to Devember 1, including 5.15 inches of rain on Nov. 30, alone, ” said Erdman. “This one-day total is more than double the average November monthly rain, there (2.3 inches).”