Zack: Gulf disturbance keeps rain chances high

More rain means less heat, as highs struggle out of the 80s
Published: Jun. 29, 2022 at 4:40 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - It’s amazing the difference a week makes. One week ago, we were flirting with 100-degree temperatures and now we are barely making it to 90, due to those cooling storms.

The wetter and cooler pattern is set to continue through the rest of the week, as a tropical disturbance in the western Gulf crawls its way to Texas. This system will keep our flow coming straight from the Gulf, leading to widespread storm coverage each day through Friday. If you get caught under a downpour, a quick 1-2 inches of rain is possible. Be on the lookout for some minor street flooding at times as these storms pop around the area. Coverage of rain remains around 60-70 percent.

Looking ahead to the Fourth of July weekend, we should trend back to normal rain chances and more sunshine. Our highs will respond to that increase in sun, with the lower 90s returning to the area. Rain chances for the weekend on into the holiday on Monday will be around 40 percent.

A look out over the tropics shows lots of activity, but little to be concerned about locally. The closest Gulf disturbance is just a rain producer for us. It’s possible this system becomes a weak depression or storm before landfall in Texas on Thursday night. Potential Tropical Cyclone #2 is racing through the ABC islands along the northern coast of South America. The fast-forward motion has kept this from getting a name, as it lacks an organized circulation. Eventually, this should form into Bonnie as it leaves South America and nears Central America by Friday. Again, this is of no threat to us.

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