National Weather Forecast
The big story we’ll be keeping an eye on Saturday is the tropical system moving through portions of the Deep South as we go through the day, bringing heavy tropical rain bands, gusty winds, and maybe a few tornadoes. Elsewhere, some storms will be possible from the Northeast back to the Rockies. Excessive heat continues in the Southwest.
The heaviest rain through Sunday evening will fall across the northern Gulf Coast and the Southeast due to our tropical system moving through the region with heavy rain. Some areas could see at least 3-8” of rain, with isolated 12” amounts. Another area of heavy rain will fall Friday Night across the Ohio River Valley with the potential of 2-4” for some locations.
Praedictix Corporate Weather Briefing: Friday morning, June 18th, 2021
Late Morning Look At Three. While Three is slowly becoming better organized, it does not have enough characteristics for the National Hurricane Center (NHC) to declare it officially a tropical depression, so Three remains with the “Potential Tropical Cyclone” designation for now. As of the 10 AM CT update from the NHC, Three was located about 220 miles south of Morgan City, LA, or 340 miles south-southwest of Mobile, AL, and moving north-northeast at 14 mph. Three had sustained winds of 35 mph.
Landfall Expected Tonight. This system still has a 90% chance of becoming a tropical depression or tropical storm (named Claudette) before it makes landfall along the northern Gulf Coast tonight, but additional significant strengthening is not expected. This system will continue to the north-northeast for the next day or two before turning more northeastward into the weekend. This system will move slowly across the Southeastern United States through the weekend into early next week, spreading heavy rain along its path.
Tropical Storm Warnings. Due to the potential of tropical storm conditions across portions of the northern Gulf Coast, Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued from East of Morgan City (LA) to the Okaloosa/Walton County line (FL) including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and metropolitan New Orleans.
Main Threat: Heavy Rain. The greatest threat from this system will be bands of heavy tropical rains that begin today along the northern Gulf Coast and push farther inland across the Southeast as we head through the weekend. A widespread area of at least 3-8” of rain, with isolated 12” amounts, is expected through the weekend across the Southeast – particularly near the Gulf Coast.
Flood Risk. Flood Watches have been put in place from New Orleans to Atlanta as the heavy rain that is expected to fall across the region could lead to considerable flash, urban and small stream flooding the next few days. The highest chances of heavy rain and flooding will occur from New Orleans to Mobile today, with the greatest risk tomorrow stretching from the northern Gulf Coast to western Georgia.
Storm Surge Potential. The combination of storm surge and the tide will result in flooding for normally dry locations near the coast due to rising waters pushing inland. Summary of peak surge expected:
- Morgan City, LA to Okaloosa/Walton County Line, FL…2-3 ft
- Lake Borgne and Mobile Bay…2-3 ft
- Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas…1-2 ft
- Okaloosa/Walton County Line, FL to Panama City, FL…1-2 ft
- Pensacola Bay, Choctawhatchee Bay, and Saint Andrew Bay…1-2 ft
- Cameron, LA to Morgan City, LA…1-2 ft Vermilion Bay…1-2 ft
Tornado Threat. Tropical entities typically have the threat of waterspouts and tornadoes, and this one won’t be different. We are watching a Marginal Risk of severe weather (threat level 1 of 5) across the northern Gulf Coast and portions of the Southeast Friday through Sunday due to this tornado threat.
Excessive Heat Continues. We continue to track record-breaking heat out in the western United States over the next several days, with areas like Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Sacramento under Excessive Heat Warnings. Numerous record highs will continue to fall daily through at least the first half of the weekend.
Heat Safety. Remember to practice heat safety in these areas over the next several days as over the past 30 years heat has been the leading cause of weather fatalities. You can find more information on heat safety from NOAA: https://www.weather.gov/safety/heat
D.J. Kayser, Meteorologist, Praedictix
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– D.J. Kayser