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Watching the Gulf, Rains Continue

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Starting out to be an interesting week across Acadiana. The buzz of tropical weather could be felt throughout the weekend, as a system near the Yucatan could develop and threaten parts of the Gulf Coast. There are actually two areas we're watching this morning over the Caribbean, the other being closer to the Windward Islands.

We'll focus on the Yucatan system, since it is closer and could impact our weather as early as Tuesday. A broad area of low pressure has been moving westward toward the Yucatan. Not exactly sure where the more defined area is located yet because it remains disorganized. Computer models are trying to fix a point of circulation before it develops, which is why solutions of each model are still vastly different. Recon aircraft are scheduled to visit the area today.By getting better readings from the area, models will be able to interpret that data and have a more refined solution. If an actual center is found, and we do have a tropical system, you'll see the model forecast track shrink considerably. Today, solutions track this anywhere from Corpus Christi, to the Florida coast. This should change today.

At the very least, we could see a named tropical storm. Today, tomorrow most of the action will remain offshore with the heaviest rainfall. Wednesday and Thursday could be rainy, especially toward the coast. Tides will start to run higher as well, especially if we see a more westward track. A front will keep most of the moisture pooled along the Gulf coast. As always, it's June. Tropical systems develop and we should always be ready.

We'll stay warm and humid today with highs in the upper 80s. Decent rain chances will stick around most of the week.

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