Posted: Aug 21, 2013 7:51 AM by Dave Baker
There's plenty of moisture back in place across southern Louisiana and most of the Gulf coast now that afternoon showers and thunderstorms will become commonplace for the remainder of the week.
A strong Bermuda high pressure area that is normally in place over the central part of the Atlantic Ocean during the summertime months will continue to bring tropical moisture across the Caribbean into the Gulf and northward toward our region. After a number of weeks with a trough across the eastern part of the U.S., Louisiana and much of the eastern half of the country has enjoyed cooler and drier air over the past couple of weeks. Now that the pattern has returned to normal, those wishes for an early fall have been squashed.
Some good news though, as the tropical weather remains below normal for this time of the year. Normally we see at least one tropical system in the Atlantic basin during the latter part of August, nothing has developed this week, nor is anything expected to develop through the weekend. Things could get a bit more active next week according to the computer models.