It's been a busy end of the week into the early weekend with all of the heavy persistent rains. Some areas north and west of New Orleans have seen 20+ inches of rain. Now that the rain threat is diminishing, we turn ahead to the river flooding left behind.
All the rain is prompting historic river flooding for the second time in five months mostly on the rivers near I-55 and west. The eastern rivers should stay below the crest earlier this year. Please take the advice of authorities if you are asked to evacuate.
The low pressure causing all this rain is slowly but finally moving west of the region. While this system had no official tropical distinction, it has behaved much like one as it has drawn in copious tropical moisture. The record moisture over the area as the low moved into the area created very efficient rain making storms.
As the entire system gets pulled north by a cold front/trough that is sweeping north across the country, this will allow us to get back to a more typical August pattern of scattered storms with plenty of sunny breaks as we get into next week.
The tropics are quiet and development is not expected over the next five days.
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