Posted: Jul 19, 2013 4:49 PM by Daniel Phillips
When it comes to forecasting the weather it is rarely cut & dry, especially this time of year. Gone are the days of well pronounced cold fronts with relatively well defined speeds and areas of rain. Instead what we are left with is an upper level low that is determined to cause major headaches in the weather lab.
The low which will pass over Acadiana this weekend will bring scattered showers across southern Louisiana, most of them firing up around lunch time and lingering on in the afternoon. Figuring out exactly how much rain, and who will get the rain is another matter completely.
Since it is July, however, it is safe to say that it is just best to keep an umbrella with you at all times. Coverage through latter parts of the week has been very scattered, and with an increase in moisture expected later this weekend you can expect a slight increase in activity.
The storms will be worth watching as we have seen a few of them meet severe parameters these last several days, and have contained localized heavy rainfall, plenty of lightning, gusty winds, and occasionally produced some hail. This will once again be the case for the next several days, especially since the models are clearing picking up on the sea breeze which will add some fuel to the storms.
Again we won't see blanketing rains, but the chances are at some stage between the end of the week and Sunday you will encounter a shower or two. For some of the storms on Saturday it won't be unreasonable to expect to see a tropical funnel cloud or two. Remember these don't last long rarely make it to the ground, but if they do a warning will be issued and we will let you know what is happening.
Enjoy the rain, because next week temperatures are looking to increase as some drier air moves in. So a down tick in showers expected for next work week with highs pushing into the mid to upper 90s.