July 31, 2007 Leave a comment
As I was driving into work today, I passed through a couple of showers along highway 69. As expected, the rain has been very isolated today and temperatures have been very warm. It’s hard to tell visually if we have a mostly cloudy sky or a partly cloudy sky due to all of the haze out there. We should end up with a high temperature for the day near 95-degrees.
We’ve had some interesting developments today as the data is now depicting an area of low pressure developing over the northern Gulf. This will be developing along the old trough that’s stretched over the southern half of the state. As low pressure develops, the big question will be what track will the system take, as it’s expected to drift northward over the weekend.
In the meantime, we will have hot, humid, and hazy conditions through Friday. Highs will be reaching the middle to upper 90s, with the heat index nearing 100-degrees. A stray shower or thunderstorm will be possible in the afternoon hours, with many spots staying dry. The system over the gulf may drift northeastward and bring an increasing chance for a shower or thunderstorm during the afternoon hours this weekend. The strength of the system will have a lot to do with our coverage of rain; however, at this point I’m expecting the rain threat to mainly be after lunchtime each day.
Tropical Storm Chantal developed north of Bermuda today and winds are now at 50 mph. This system will be no threat as it tracks towards the upper Atlantic. One feature we will have to watch with interest is a healthy tropical disturbance about 600 miles east of St. Lucia. Further development is possible with this system.
Be sure to join us tonight at five, six, and ten for more details!
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV