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Mild week while Eta churns in Gulf

Posted at 5:30 PM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 23:27:46-05

It's going to be a rather mild week for Acadiana while Tropical Storm Eta is expected to churn and wander in the Eastern Gulf through Friday.

In the near term, a very weak and fizzling frontal boundary will push through the area late Tuesday into Wednesday but there won't be much of a change in our local weather.

Look for a mixture of clouds and sun through Wednesday with the very slight risk of a shower late Tuesday into Tuesday night with the aforementioned fizzling frontal boundary.

A shower or two may be possible mainly early Wednesday, but look for mostly sunny skies with lower humidity working its way into the area courtesy of the return of northerly winds.

Expect mostly sunny skies and mild afternoon temperatures with slightly cooler lows at night for Thursday and Friday.

A stronger front, perhaps with an isolated shower or two, is expected to arrive late Saturday into Sunday, hopefully cooling us off a little to get our temperatures back closer to normal into next week.

See the KATC 10 Day forecast for the latest.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Eta is expected to meander in the Southeastern and Eastern Gulf of Mexico the entire week.

Eventually a weakening system should get closer to what is now expected to be a northern Gulf Coast landfall by this weekend.

Interestingly enough, both the Euro and GFS models Monday indicated that hopes of any trough that would have helped scoot the storm off to the north or northeast diminished leaving Eta to meander and perhaps loop in the Gulf in the days ahead.

This has brought lower confidence in the forecast track for later this week and into the weekend, with the latest track in deference to forecast models (both Euro and GFS) that try to bring a remnant system to near Southeast Louisiana/Mississippi/Alabama this weekend.

And in keeping with Louisiana's 2020 tropical season, today the "cone of uncertainty" is just grazing extreme Southeast Louisiana!

There is a chance some tropical showers could impact parts of Southeast Louisiana (but not Acadiana) this weekend.

Elsewhere in the tropics, an area of disturbed weather and low pressure system in the Eastern Atlantic has an 80% chance of becoming a storm in the next day or two, while a disturbance in the Caribbean Sea has a medium chance of development this week...will it ever end?

The next names on the tropical Greek alphabet list are Theta and Iota.

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