Tracking the Tropics

Aug 30, 2011 3:15 PM by AP

Tropical wave could affect western Gulf this week

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Weather forecasters in New Orleans and along the western Gulf Coast are keeping an eye on a tropical wave over the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

The National Weather Service says the wave is expected to move over the Yucatan peninsula over the next day or two and there is some potential for development in the western Gulf. The weather service said there was a low probability - about 10 percent as of Tuesday afternoon - that the wave could develop into a tropical cyclone by Thursday.

Weather forecasts call for rain chances to increase late in the week and into the weekend in south Louisiana and southeast Texas.

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