Rain Chances Back, Cristobal Churns in Gulf
TROPICAL MOISTURE MAY AFFECT THE AREA BY LATE WEEKEND
Rain chances return to our area today as tropical moisture begins to surge into the area. Today’s moisture is not a result of Tropical Storm Cristobal in the Bay of Campeche; the Bermuda High has set up shop over the western Atlantic, pumping in copious amounts of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. Rain chances will stay in the picture through the weekend, with highs in the upper 80s to around 90 and overnight lows in the upper 60s to lower 70s.
Cristobal is expected to turn northward on Thursday after brushing the Mexican coastline, making its way through the Gulf on Friday and Saturday. Most forecast models agree on a landfall as a strong tropical storm on the central Louisiana coast early Sunday. With the viewing area on the east side of where the storm will make landfall, an increase in moisture and rainfall will be the result. Highs will be kept down in the middle 80s on Sunday and Monday with the increased cloud cover. The center of Cristobal should be far enough west where the area won’t feel any impacts from winds or tropical tornadoes.
Typical summertime weather returns early next week with a daily chance of showers and thunderstorms during the heating of the day in the afternoon and evening hours.
-Meteorologist Dana Barker