Expecting Tropical Storm Bill to develop in the Gulf of Mexico

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Numerous heavy showers pushed past the region today. Most have been fast movers only dropping a few hundredths of an inch of rain, but coming in sheets in some instances. The speed of these showers are being influenced by the pressure gradient between high pressure to the east and Invest 91 in the western Gulf.

Hurricane hunters spent the morning investigating this system and could not find a well defined center of circulation. The mission determined the system is working around an elongated low. Another flight will head out later this afternoon and the next report should come around 7:00 p.m. central time.

Regardless of development the system will move towards the southern Texas coast bringing heavy rain to most of the coastline and parts of the southwestern Louisiana. Although the system is not officially classified as a tropical storm areas to our west can expect tropical storm conditions with winds of 45 mph. There is a strong likelihood that this system will become an official tropical storm before moving inland. The National Hurricane Center is placing that chance at 90%.

The surface high in control of our local weather will force the system in that western direction. That high in addition to an upper high building west will allow us to dry out for the next couple of days. The reduction in rain coverage means higher temperatures as we head towards next weekend.

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- Meteorologist Nicondra Norwood

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