Today: Tropical Storm Fred made landfall with recorded wind speeds of 65 mph and dumped 6-10 inches of rain near the center and just east of the center. Thankfully we didn’t have to deal with that but we still saw showers of our own yesterday. We’ll continue to see rain chances today as well. Gulf moisture will be brought in by southerly winds. This will keep dewpoints high, meaning it will remain feeling hot outside. It will also keep rain chances up in the forecast. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible again this afternoon and evening, some of which could feature gusty winds and heavier downpours. Highs will be in the low-90s with the heat index in the low-100s. Partly cloudy skies, otherwise. Overnight will see mostly clear skies with lows near 75 degrees.
Wednesday-Friday: Scattered showers and storms are expected with highs int the low-90s. This is a typical summertime pattern for the middle to late part of your week.
Weekend: This is when we’ll need to keep an eye on Grace. Right now Grace is a tropical storm but could become a hurricane as Grace moves into the Gulf. Right now Grace is projected to stay south of Louisiana and move over the Yucatan and into Mexico. It is not expected to affect us as high pressure will likely block Grace from a Louisiana landfall, but of course, this is always subject to change. Without an impact from Grace, we’ll see isolated storms and highs in the mid-to-low 90s next weekend.
Tracking the Tropics: Fred made landfall as a strong tropical storm with wind speeds of 65 mph on the Florida Panhandle yesterday with most rain and flooding to the east of its track. Some areas received 6 to 10 inches of rain. There were no impacts to Baton Rouge.
Tropical Storm Grace is then expected to move through the Caribbean, past Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands to the Yucatan Peninsula or just north of it into the Gulf of Mexico. Once it reaches the Gulf, it is projected to headed WNW towards Mexico and Texas. At this time, a Louisiana landfall is not expected as high pressure may block the tropical system from reaching us, but this is always subject to change. It still has a long way to go. Keep an eye on the Gulf late this week and next weekend!
Tropical Storm Henri will do a U-turn around Bermuda and will have zero impacts to Baton Rouge.