Tracking the Tropics

Oct 5, 2013 8:43 PM by Daniel Phillips

Saturday Evening Tropical Storm Karen Update

Tropical Storm Karen has done very little moving on Saturday and as of the 7:00 pm update was stalled once again. Through the course of the day convection tried to get started at the center of circulation but the dry air and the upper level winds prevented any kind of reformation. 

All day we have seen convection stay well to the east of the center, which has been the weakness in this storm since it's formation. Still though Karen has hung on to tropical storm status and will likely do so, before likely getting downgraded to a tropical storm. 

For Acadiana we had a brief rain band move through Saturday afternoon, and that was about it. Most of the watches and warnings have been discontinued, since Karen has just sat offshore it's allowed the water to pile up so water levels will remain high. A Coastal Flood WARNING will remain in effect along Vermilion Bay, but the rest of the coastline will deal with a Coastal Flood Advisory for details visit the National Weather Service website. 

Landfall is expected to occur Sunday morning in southeast Louisiana and by the afternoon Karen will be down to a tropical depression, before dissipating into a remnant low on Monday. Once Karen starts to move again expect a sharp turn to the northeast as the cold front kicks out the storm. 

Expect big changes in Acadiana's weather as the cold front will bring in the coldest temperatures we've seen this season with lows in the mid 50s and plenty of sunshine. 

 

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