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A Cold Front Brings Us Rain and Storms Today

Short Term Forecast:  We have a very warm and muggy morning in Baton Rouge with partly to mostly cloudy skies.  I am expecting some showers to start popping up during the morning hours as a cold front starts moving toward Baton Rouge from the north.  Temperatures are in the mid to upper 70s.

The cold front will slowly move toward town today.  It will tap into the deep tropical moisture over us, and that will set off scattered showers and thunderstorms with mostly cloudy skies.  Some of the storms could be strong with heavy rain, gusty winds and lightning.  We will still be hot before the rain comes with highs in the lower 90s.

The front will stall along the I-10 corridor tonight.  This will keep it mostly cloudy with scattered showers and a few storms overnight.  Lows will be in the mid 70s.

Finally the cold front will drift into the Northern Gulf of Mexico on Friday.  It will still be close enough to help set off isolated to scattered showers and storms.  Otherwise, it will be partly cloudy and hot with highs in the lower 90s.  Friday Night will be mostly clear and a tad cooler with lows in the lower 70s.

Weekend Outlook:  Some drier air will filter down from up north on Saturday.  This will slightly lower the humidity and limit the amount of rain we will have.  You can expect partly cloudy skies with only spotty showers.  It will still be hot with highs in the lower 90s.  Saturday Night will be mostly clear and a tad comfortable with lows in the lower 70s.

Unfortunately, the drier air does not stick around long as southerly winds quickly replace the dry northerly winds on Sunday.  This will bring back moisture from the Gulf throughout the day.  We will have partly cloudy skies with scattered showers and storms popping back up in the afternoon.  Highs will be in the lower 90s and lows in the lower 70s.

Tropical Outlook:  Tropical Storm Chantal dissipated into a tropical wave, or remnant low yesterday.  There was just too much wind shear over it, and it was too close to land.  It also was moving way too fast for it to properly develop as well.  The remnants of Chantal will move over Hispaniola and Cuba over the next few days before it drifts toward South Florida and the Bahamas.  Needless to say, it is no longer a major threat, but could produce heavy rains over those countries.  Some models show the remnants drifting into the Gulf of Mexico over the next few days, so I'll keep an eye on that.

Elsewhere...the rest of the tropics are staying quiet for the next few days.

Take your umbrella with you and have a good day! -Dave


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