Time to wrap up this month with a Gulf Coast forecast! Sadly, no giant celebrations will be had over the duration of this forecast as we close out the month of May. Well, officially anyways. You can celebrate how you see fit.
At 5:53pm CDT, the temperature at Baton Rouge, LA was 81 degrees under partly cloudy skies. A trough pushing through the Central US has opened up the region to increased Gulf moisture, as significant amounts have been streaming northward and are responsible for some flooding problems in the Upper Midwest and Dakotas due to their slow-moving nature over the last couple of days. A ridge over the Southeast will shift towards to Atlantic a bit throughout the day on Sunday, causing the main axis of moisture to shift towards the MS River Valley, and in turn, more widespread diurnal shower and thunderstorm activity over SE Louisiana. The ridge weakens a bit on Monday but drifts back towards the west, lowering the convection coverage for the afternoon, but some scattered activity is still anticipated to affect the region. Overall, looks like a somewhat normal Summer weather pattern along the Gulf Coast with all of this afternoon/early evening thunderstorm activity. Also, Sunday is the official start of the 2014 Hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30th each year! Look for some information regarding this upcoming season in the next couple of days.
Sunday: Widespread showers and thunderstorms, mainly during afternoon hours. High 87, Low 70.
Monday: More showers and thunderstorms, less coverage than Sunday however. High 88, Low 71.
TWC: Sunday: Scattered thunderstorms. High 82, Low 71.
Monday: Afternoon thunderstorms. High 87, Low 71.
AW: Sunday: Heavy thunderstorms. High 88, Low 70.
Monday: A PM thunderstorm in spots. High 88, Low 70.
NWS: Sunday: Showers likely. High 86, Low 70.
Monday: Chance of PM scattered thunderstorms. High 88, Low 70.
WB: Sunday: Scattered thunderstorms. High 86, Low 70.
Monday: More chances of showers and thunderstorms. High 88, Low 70.
WN: Sunday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. High 86, Low 70.
Monday: Partly cloudy with isolated showers. High 88, Low 72.
Here we see some scattered showers and a couple thunderstorms lingering around the region. Odds are we’ll be seeing more of the same in the next couple of days.