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Typical summer pattern but rain chances increase for weekend

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Posted at 6:35 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 19:35:28-04

A typical summer pattern has re-established itself across the Acadiana area with just a few widely scattered afternoon showers& thundershowers Tuesday, with much the same expected through Friday.

Unfortunately, it appears that rain chances will increase for the weekend.

In the near term, lots of moisture left on the ground in the wake of Barry has been keeping our humidity high with dew points in the upper 70s to lower 80s, resulting in heat indices Tuesday reaching the 105-107 degree mark in Lafayette.

Expect more of the same Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Temperatures at night due our high dew points will range in the upper 70s to lower 80s.

Daytime highs will reach and be limited to the lower 90s for the most part, as our land area won't heat up as much as normal in the summer thanks to all the water on the ground in Barry's wake.

Rain chance on any give day should stay in the 20% range through Friday but as we head into the weekend, a deeper easterly flow of tropical moisture will allow for increasing rain chances.

Rain chances Saturday are tentatively set at 40% and near 50% Sunday.

Next week promises more of the same with scattered, primarily afternoon showers and thunderstorms with rain chances bouncing between 30-40% through at least, mid-week.

In the tropics, there are no suspect areas to worry about at this time.

Meanwhile, a look back at Barry's rains locally, while doppler estimates were too low on rainfall from the storm, rain gauge readings confirm that Barry did indeed produce as much as 1 to 2 feet of rain, over mostly a two day period.

Highest rain gauge reading for the storm locally came from the Ragley area in Southern Beauregard Parish where nearly 2 feet, at 23.58"!

In in other Barry news, as of Tuesday Barry has made a full circle starting out is an identified disturbance in Missouri 11 days ago traveling around a ridge of high pressure following an east coast trough a week ago, festered in the Northeastern/Northern Gulf for several days, eventually making landfall as a hurricane, and as of Tuesday afternoon, the remants of the storm traveled through Missouri again and was located in Illinois this afternoon.

No worries on Barry making another round this way as it gets picked up an upper trough in the Northeast and swept out into the Northern Atlantic.