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Your 7 Day Forecast

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As expected we did not see much rain around Southwest Louisiana today thanks to the area of low pressure across the Gulf of Mexico.  The National Hurricane Center gives this system a 20% of developing into a tropical system before moving inland over Texas Thursday.  A Hurricane Hunter plane went out and investigated the system Wednesday, but they did not find a well organized system with a closed center of circulation.  That means it has not transitioned to a tropical system yet; and it is unlikely to now because it has a short window of time to do so before moving over land.  Regardless of what happen with this we will not feel any impacts from this because it is moving toward Texas and not in our direction.  So no need to worry about this at all!  


Our weather will be returning to a more typical summer pattern for Thursday and Friday.  That means highs in the low 90s, lows in the mid 70s, and a 40% chance of rain and storms in the afternoon hours.  By late Friday a big trough of low pressure will move across the Rocky Mountains and that will weaken an area of high pressure to our north.  This will allow an upper level disturbance to move our way on Saturday and that will combine with abundant moisture already in place.  All of this means rain and thunderstorms look very likely on Saturday so if you have outdoor plans you may want to move them indoors!  


We should return back to our typical summer pattern by Sunday with a slight reduction in the number of showers and storms through the middle of next week.  So Sunday through Wednesday expect highs in the low 90s, lows in the mid 70s, and a 30% chance of afternoon showers and storms.  If you have Labor Day plans the weather should cooperate for the most part, but there could be a few showers around.  


The rest of the tropics are quite active too with Hurricane Cristobal expected to pass between Bermuda and the United States tonight and then move out over cooler waters and weaken quickly over the next few days.  Elsewhere we are watching two tropical waves; the first is in the western Caribbean Sea but this will take a few days to develop if it develops at all.  This could eventual reach the southern Gulf of Mexico by the weekend but it will likely stay well to our south. 


The other area we are watching is near the coast of Africa where a strong tropical wave is about to move offshore and the environmental conditions look favorable for development over the next few days.  However this system has two options; it could turn more northerly if it develops rapidly, or it could continue westerly if it remains disorganized for a while.  The northern options would mean no threat to land, while the western options means it would have to be monitored for further development and possible interaction with land in a week to 10 days.  


We will continue to watch the tropics closely and will keep you informed of any threats to Southwest Louisiana.  But no need to worry about the tropics for now just the increased chance of rain for the weekend.  Remember for radar anytime go to www.kplctv.com/weather or use our free mobile weather app on your smartphone or table device...

Wade Hampton

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