Severe Weather Threat Continues Across Acadiana Today
When was all that dust supposed to arrive from Africa and make the rain stop? I guess the answer to a lot of us is not soon enough. Yes, it's true a plume of Saharan Dust is supposed to filter northward out of the Gulf of Mexico across Louisiana over the next 24 to 48 hours. Yes, that dust should quell our rain chances when it arrives. The problem with that scenario is this.
It's not here yet.
That means at least one more rainy day across South Louisiana. In fact, the Storm Prediction Center still has most of the state south of US 190 in the marginal risk threat for severe storms again today. In fact, today could be one of our wetter days. With forecasters suggesting the area could receive an additional 1 to 2 inches of rainfall.
The radar scan out of the National Weather Service Office in Lake Charles at 2:30 this morning showed an area of showers centered over Lafayette Parish. However, the more prolific rainfall was happening off to our west in East Texas and to our south in the Gulf of Mexico.
These storms are being fueled by Gulf moisture and by an upper-level disturbance in Texas that is slowly moving this way. KATC's Chief Meteorologist Rob Perillo suggests in a story posted on the television station's website that some areas of Acadiana could see in excess of three inches of rain during today's rounds of storms.
Rain chances will diminish slightly for tomorrow and then we can expect more normal rain chances as we move into the weekend. Hopefully, by then the Saharan Dust will have arrived to dry out the atmosphere just a little bit and give us some spectacular sunsets in the evening. We're going to need the inspiration to slog through all of that tall grass that has grown in yards because of the recent rains.