Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tornado in Arabi? Yep!

Hard to believe, but 2 weeks to the day since the Grand Isle tornado, another smaller one briefly touched down in Arabi ( Carolyn Park) damaging 10+ homes.  No warning was issued as radar images at the time didn't indicate anything unusual except some heavy rains & lightning.  Just goes to show that any T-Storm has the POTENTIAL to produce severe (down burst, lightning, tornado or waterspout) weather.  With summer almost here, get ready for those daily cloud bursts that can turn deadly. 

In the short term, our forecast dries out as an upper ridge builds across the Gulf South.  No rain is likely before Sunday PM so expect day time highs 90+ with mid 90s possible Saturday & Sunday.

The tropical eastern Pacific has Tropical Storm Bud nearing hurricane force, while a large area of disturbed weather lingers over the central Caribbean.  I noticed some local weathercasters showing the "spagetti models" for the Caribbean disturbance, which I find somewhat humorous since any model is only as good as its initialization point.  So far we don't have that.  We'll have plenty of opportunities during the season to get nervous about the tropics.  No need to start the worry process. Besides, the Gulf coast is currently blocked by an east coast trough plus an upper ridge will develop protecting us just in case anything might develop.  Relax & enjoy your weekend & be careful of the PM heat.

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