Storms on the move as we watch the Gulf

Good Thursday to one and all. A cold front is rolling across the region today, bringing the potential for some strong storms and heavy rains. At the same time, our tropical system is gathering steam in the Gulf of Mexico and could have an impact on our week.

I will get to Barry in a bit, but let’s start with today’s storm threat. These storms may pack a bit of a punch and could be strong or severe. Damaging wind is the primary player with any strong storm. Here’s the current Severe Weather Outlook from the Storm Prediction Center:

In addition to the severe threat, locally heavy rains may cause flash flooding issues to develop.

Once the front moves through, Friday looks like a really nice day as temps and humidity levels come way down. This nice stuff carries us into Saturday, but the numbers start to inch up once again and a stray storm chance shows up.

Ok, let’s talk about the tropics. Here’s the current Sat shot of the developing system:

Barry is likely to become a hurricane before coming ashore along the Louisiana Gulf Coast. Here’s the latest information and track forecast from the NHC:

cone graphic

As far as some of the computer models go. The various hurricane models continue to edge a little east and show the potential for this system to impact our region:

Here are the latest tracks from the GFS Ensembles:

I made this map a few days ago and I’m still rolling with it:

The best chance for some tropical rains would be from Monday through Wednesday of next week.

I leave you with the Thursday edition of your storm tracking tools:

Current watches
Current Watches

Possible watch areas
Current MDs

Make it a great day and take care.

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