Showers likely but perhaps not as heavy as yesterday. Flood threat continues.

Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 4:11 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2021 at 9:53 AM CDT
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A few hit-or-miss downpours so far Thursday with many breaks in the rain. Temperatures will rise to the mid 80s for highs today. New showers and thunderstorms will likely develop by this afternoon. Rain amounts up to around two inches will be likely by Thursday’s end, with isolated higher amounts possible. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through tomorrow because the ground is saturated from the more than four inches of rain from yesterday and even light to moderate rainfall could trigger flooding issues today, tonight, and tomorrow. A Coastal Flood Advisory is also in effect through this evening due to increased onshore winds which caused this morning’s high tide to come in higher than normal leading to minor coastal flooding near the immediate shoreline. Tidewaters will fall for the rest of today until we hit low tide this evening. Expect a daily dose of rain showers through the weekend as the remnant low pressure from Nicholas stalls to our west, its circulation pulling deep Gulf moisture across our coast making it easy to come by rain each day. By the middle of next week, long-range info suggests a cold front will approach Mississippi from the northwest. If this front actually makes it all the way down to the coast then we could see a shot at lower humidity and perhaps even slightly cooler morning temperatures around the second half of next week. In the tropics, there’s a high chance for a new depression or storm to develop offshore of the U.S. east coast but it is no threat to the Gulf. There’s also a high chance for a depression or storm to form between the Lesser Antilles and Africa but it’s currently too far away to be considered a threat to the Gulf. And there’s a low chance for a disturbance coming off of Africa to become a depression or storm. The next three names on the list are Odette, Peter, and Rose. Thankfully, there are no credible, significant, or direct tropical threats to the U.S. Gulf Coast over at least the next five days. Hurricane season tends to reach peak activity every year around mid-September.