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Beta's no longer a tropical storm, but it's still a rain maker

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Posted at 10:26 AM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 11:26:05-04

The push inland by Beta on Monday, along with the dry air and shear, has really had a major impact on the structure of Beta which is now considered a Tropical Depression as the winds have dipped to 35 mph.

This does not eliminate Beta's ability to produce gusty wind and plenty of rain and showers should still be expected across the Acadiana region over the next couple of days.

Areas of Texas have been experiencing flash flooding as a result of Beta's stall, and unfortunately it looks like it'll stay almost stationary for the better part of the day on Tuesday continuing to produce flooding rains.

Movement of the storm will pick up overnight as a front swings across the middle of the country and finally kick Beta to the northeast and out of the region by the end of the week.

A few showers have been pushing inland from the coast Tuesday morning, and a few more rounds of rain can be expected through the rest of the day, however, as the low moves east we'll start to feel more impacts.

Impacts from the storm should start to pick up early Wednesday morning, keep in mind most rain has been built to the east of the center, so as it moves into southwest Louisiana our weather will deteriorate.

The forecast track moves the center a little further north than previous runs and it that's that case it could move the more serious flood threat into the central and northern portions of Louisiana, as indicated by the GRAF rain totals.

It's important when looking at the above graphic to remember that a small shift in the center will equal a similar shift in the rain totals, so be ready for 2-4" of rain over the next day with hot-spots of 4-8".

A Flash Flood Watch is still up for Acadiana through Wednesday evening, and flash flooding is still the biggest threat we face as Beta moves across Louisiana, never underestimate the Gulf of Mexico's ability to produce rain.

Expect heavier showers on Wednesday than what we'll see today and by the end of the week we'll be putting two week of being under the influence of tropical weather behind us, and start talking about fall conditions.

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