Jul 17, 2014 4:32 PM by Rob Perillo
Locally heavy rains and strong storms will be likely for Acadiana Friday as a series of disturbances aloft interact with very deep tropical moisture surging out of the Gulf of Mexico.
Showers and storms will become likely at any time Friday with activity starting as soon, if not earlier, than daybreak.
Some storms will likely be quite strong producing torrential downpours of 2-3" per hour leading to some localized flooding and along with significant instability aloft, there may be the opportunity for some storms to produce damaging, downburst winds in isolated spots.
Rain totals will likely be in the 2-4" range areawide across Acadiana Friday, with some spots possibly receiving up to 5-6" in isolated areas.
Rain chances will stay rather high into Saturday but the focus of heaviest storms may shift closer to the coastal areas.
There is strong agreement of the Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts (QPF) from the Weather Prediction Center (picture below) and KATC's RPM FutureCast Model of rainfall potential (picture above) over the next two days...most of this will come for Acadiana Friday so be ready for heavy storms and localized street flooding.
Rain chances will gradually decrease to more scattered activity Sunday with the threat of daily afternoon storms to continue much of next week.