StormTracker Morning Forecast…
Tracking the Tropics: Tropical Storm Cristobal (Krees-TOH-Bahl) is sitting over the Bay of Campeche just near the Mexican coast. It will likely make landfall in Mexico or just clip the coast for the next 48 hours before moving to the north into the central Gulf of Mexico. The next question is if it makes landfall, how long will it stay on land and how far inland will it move? This will pave the way for what is to come in the long-term. Model guidance will continue to vary over the coming days, so be sure to check back in with us daily. For now, models show a trend toward Louisiana however, residents from Texas to Alabama will need to monitor. It’s still too early to pinpoint exactly where it will make landfall and what the potential impacts will be for Louisiana. Models show a strong tropical storm or even possibly a minimal hurricane by landfall. All in all, wherever it ends up, it will bring very heavy rain and tropical storm-force wind with it – especially to the east of it. Keep in mind, impacts will likely be felt well-away from the center of circulation. Storm surge will also likely be an issue for coastal areas. Stay tuned – This is still several days out. A lot can change between now and then. Now is the time to be prepared.
Today: Rain chances increase to 60% for the area as deep tropical moisture is pulled into the region. Heavy rain and strong thunderstorms will be possible. High temperature near 87.
Tonight: Few evening storms before rain chances taper. Mostly cloudy overnight. Low near 70.
Thursday: Showers and storms are possible, mainly during the afternoon hours. Rain chance is around 40%. High near 89.
Friday: Tropical moisture continues to be pulled in from the Gulf, which will keep our rain chances elevated. Rain chance is around 40%. High near 90.
Weekend: We will be monitoring Cristobal in the Gulf. What happens with the system on Wednesday & Thursday will determine what our rain coverage and weather impacts will be like this weekend and into next week. As of now, we are keeping rain chances around 50% on Saturday and 70% on Sunday. Winds will pick up, as well.
Monday: High rain chances due to Cristobal. Keep in mind, rain chances are all dependent on what happens with the system. Windy.
Tuesday: Rain lingers into Tuesday, but again, it’s all dependent on what happens with Cristobol.