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Enhanced rain chances and tropical downpours stay in forecast

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Posted at 4:48 PM, Aug 03, 2022

Enhanced chances of tropical showers and thunderstorms along with the threat of localized very heavy downpours will continue for Acadiana through the end of the week, with rain chances only easing slightly into the weekend.

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A weak upper disturbance just off the Southeast Louisiana coast is expected to drift slowly westward through Friday keeping our daily chance of showers and storms in the 60% or better range.

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And like Wednesday, some areas may get too much rain over a short period of time which will likely lead to some localized street flooding.

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Rain totals will generally be near an inch or two or less for most, but isolated amounts up to 3-4" or more will be possible where storms are slow to move.

There were spots in Acadiana today that reached upwards of 5-7"!

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Accumulated Rain Wednesday

Prime-time for storms over the next couple of days will be from mid-morning through the mid-afternoon...typical for a tropical environment that we have been in over the better part of the last week or two.

At least with the higher rain chances and more dark clouds, our daily highs temperatures should max-out in the mid-80s...or less.

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As the upper disturbance moves into Texas this weekend, more daily deluges are expected with best rain chances possibly holding off a little later in the day into the afternoon hours.

There's really no end in sight to this pattern for now with enhanced daily rain chances remaining in the KATC 10 Day Forecast.

While the tropics remain quiet across the entire Atlantic Basin, a tropical wave emerging off of the African Coast over the next day or two may cross the Atlantic and could develop as this system nears the Caribbean.

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It is that time of year, as climatologically, tropical activity increases exponentially later this month...and we may indeed have something to track in the next week to 10 days.

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The bottom line, busy season or not, 90% of all hurricanes and 95% of all major storms in the Atlantic Basin occur after August 1st.

Check out KATC's Hurricane Special "Weathering the Storm" airing Thursday and 5:30 pm on KATC for the latest on the upcoming "prime" of the season.

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