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Rain Chances Going Up

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August 9

12:00pm

Overview
Today there is a Low Pressure System over the NE U.S. and GLR that is moving East with a cold front stretched South through the Ohio River Valley and into the Central Plains. This front is slowly moving toward Louisiana. In advance of this front, expect to see a good chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms. In the wake of this front, we will see clearing skies and slightly cooler temperatures for the weekend. A ridge of high pressure is over Central Louisiana for today.
In the Tropics, eyes are fixed on T.S. Ernesto and two other disturbances in the Atlantic.

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Discussion
Today, a cold front continues to gradually move toward Central Louisiana. In advance of this front, southerly winds are pumping a lot of moisture up from the Gulf of Mexico. This moisture combined with uplift from the approaching is providing an environment that is favorable for shower and thunderstorm development. About half of the area can expect to see some rain from this event and a couple of the storms could display strong/severe qualities. However, we are not expecting a widespread, severe event (just some continued, much needed rainfall).
 
For the rest of the day
Expect partly to mostly cloudy skies with a good chance that half of the area will see scattered showers and thunderstorms as a cold front approaches the area. This cold front will pass through Cenla overnight, tonight. That means that rain chances will linger into the overnight hours. Highs today will climb into the 90's with high humidity values putting heat index values up to the 100-105 range. Some areas that see rainfall will experience a rain-cooling action. This means that Temperatures will not climb as high for these areas due to the rain cooling off the air-mass above the ground. Winds will very during the next couple of days and be moderate and breezy at times.

For the rest of the 7day planner
Today and tomorrow, expect elevated rain chances as this front pushes through the area. In the wake of this front, expect clearing skies, tapering rain chances and slightly cooler temperatures for the weekend. After a ridge of high pressure sets in and the beginning of the work week comes around, expect our regular summertime pattern: mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies, Highs in the 90's (feeling like 100-105) and low rain chances. Conditions will remain that way throughout the remainder of the 7day planer, when rain chances come up, slightly.
 
TODAY...Partly to mostly cloudy skies with In & Out cloudy cover and scattered (50%) showers and thunderstorms. A few storms may be strong/severe. Highs 90-97 with the heat index peaking around 105. West wind, becoming SW 2-12mph and stronger & variable near storms.

THURSDAY NIGHT...Partly to mostly cloudy skies with a few showers and thunderstorms (40%) lingering until 1:00 AM. Lows 71-77. SW wind 1-6 mph.

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