WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Weather Weather en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:09:26 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Research drones launched into Hurricane Edouard http://www.wbrz.com/news/research-drones-launched-into-hurricane-edouard/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/research-drones-launched-into-hurricane-edouard/ Weather Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:03:11 AM Jennifer Kay Research drones launched into Hurricane Edouard

MIAMI - U.S. government scientists are launching winged drones into Hurricane Edouard, hoping to collect data that could help forecasters understand what makes some storms strengthen into monsters while others fade away.

This week's launches mark the first time that unmanned aircraft have been dispatched from "hurricane hunter" planes flying through Atlantic tropical storms.

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the 3-foot, 7-pound drones are designed to spend hours slowly descending through storms, particularly in the lowest parts of a hurricane where the planes can't fly.

NOAA got a handful of the drones this year to test during the peak of hurricane season, thanks to post-Hurricane Sandy federal funding.

Edouard is the first major hurricane of the six-month Atlantic storm season, but it remained no threat to land Tuesday.


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Most intense hurricane ever http://www.wbrz.com/news/most-intense-hurricane-ever/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/most-intense-hurricane-ever/ Weather Tue, 16 Sep 2014 8:57:27 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Most intense hurricane ever

With world records at stake, environmental scientists have set out to determine the likelihood of a reported 42-foot storm surge and a minimum central pressure of 880mb.

For comparison's sake, Hurricane Katrina brought a 20-30 foot storm surge to portions of the Gulf Coast and had a pressure of 920mb at landfall.

On March 5, 1899, Tropical Cyclone Mahina came ashore near Bathurst Bay, Northern Australia. To date, the World Meteorological Organization recognizes its 42-foot storm surge as the largest in history. However, the report stems from an anonymously authored account of this storm, known as the ‘Outridge Booklet.' Moreover, the minimum central pressure denoted in the Outridge Booklet was 914mb, far too high for a storm that reportedly brought such a vast surge. This means either the surge or the pressure must have been misreported.

It is important to note that researchers do not refute the civil devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Mahina. 300 lives were lost and 54 vessels sank.

The Outridge Booklet, originally constructed to assist families grieving over lost loved ones, contains Tropical Cyclone Mahina storm history and accounts of those who lived through it. Using one of those accounts, in 2000, scientists searched an area where the greatest surge was reported looking for sand, shell and coral debris. Based on their findings, with the highest debris spotted at 16 feet, the report seemed unlikely.

More than a decade later, a team from Queensland, Australia initiated a renewed effort, taking on several approaches to data inspection.

Reexamining the debris deposits, nothing was found at a height exceeding 22 feet, still well below the reported surge. Combing through historical print archives, several accounts from beyond the Outridge Booklet suggest water inundation anywhere from 15-80 feet above sea level and a pressure as low as 880mb. Many of these findings came from respected biologists and doctors so modern researchers lend credence to the observations. Finally, researchers ran a numerical storm surge and wind model which allows adjustments to be made to various meteorological parameters. By plugging in the lowest possible pressures reported, the model suggested a storm surge of 30 feet.

The Australian team concluded that while a world record 42-foot storm surge does not seem plausible from Tropical Cyclone Mahina, waters could indeed have reached such heights due to a high tide and various wave action combining with the storm's landfall. However, if the minimum central pressure in Tropical Cyclone Mahina did dip to 880mb, this would be the lowest in Southern Hemisphere history.

You can get forecasts from Meteorologist Josh Eachus weekdays on 2une-In from 5-7am and News 2 at Noon from 12-1pm. Additionally, you can get the fastest and latest forecasts and weather news by checking in with wbrz.com/weather, connecting with Josh on Google+ and following him on Twitter.


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Re-runs http://www.wbrz.com/news/re-runs/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/re-runs/ Weather Tue, 16 Sep 2014 6:09:31 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Re-runs

Look for skies to cloud up by the afternoon. As a result, sunshine might not quite be able to warm thermometers to 90° so expect most locations to instead top out in the upper 80s. Regardless, like clockwork, as we reach the lunchtime hours, showers and thunderstorms will be developing as lake and sea breezes push inland. Rain activity will linger into the early evening hours before gradually diminishing.

Overnight will be partly cloudy with lows in the low 70s.

Wednesday, a lingering front will maintain the possibility for an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. Overall though, more sun and less rain is expected for Wednesday versus Tuesday. This means temperatures may get a touch warmer as well.

Then on Thursday, the lumbering front will get one last push through our area with a likely more widespread batch of showers and storms.

You can get forecasts from Meteorologist Josh Eachus weekdays on 2une-In from 5-7am and News 2 at Noon from 12-1pm. Additionally, you can get the fastest and latest forecasts and weather news by checking in with wbrz.com/weather, connecting with Josh on Google+ and following him on Twitter.


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Rain chances returning http://www.wbrz.com/news/rain-chances-returning/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/rain-chances-returning/ Weather Mon, 15 Sep 2014 3:34:48 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Rain chances returning

After some early sunshine, showers and thunderstorms are expected to flare up in reasonable numbers this afternoon. High temperatures will be seasonably warm, near 90° and humidity will keep in the oppressive categories.

With a stationary front being the forcing mechanism for showers and storms, daytime heating is the fuel, so with nighttime should come quieter time. Overnight lows will be just a touch above average, in the lower 70s.

At this time, the only system of note in the North Atlantic Tropical Basin is Hurricane Edouard which continues to march haplessly out to sea. With 105mph winds, a 966mb pressure and additional strengthening, Edouard could become the season's first major hurricane by Tuesday.

You can get forecasts from Meteorologist Josh Eachus weekdays on 2une-In from 5-7am and News 2 at Noon from 12-1pm. Additionally, you can get the fastest and latest forecasts and weather news by checking in with wbrz.com/weather, connecting with Josh on Google+ and following him on Twitter.


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Interest in an Invest http://www.wbrz.com/news/interest-in-an-invest/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/interest-in-an-invest/ Weather Fri, 12 Sep 2014 6:51:30 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Interest in an Invest

Though only a tropical disturbance, and while even the most aggressive forecasts don't allow it to ever become much more, Invest 92L does have some bearing on our extended forecast. As is the case with most tropical waves, there are numerous possibilities with very different outcomes. Here is an outlook for the next several days with potential tropical impacts noted along the way. For more detail on the near term forecast, please visit the wbrz.com weather blog.

Saturday: As a cold front stalls in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, enough moisture and uplift may be held up to leave some lingering shower and thunderstorm activity in Southeastern Louisiana. Rain chances will be highest for locations South of I-10 coastward. Afternoon college football games being played on Saturday may have to dodge a few showers or storms early, but activity is expected to wane during the evening. Otherwise, look for partly sunny skies with humid high temperatures near 90°.

Sunday: The front will not have broken the humidity much, and temperatures will only slip back to average, rather than the above average numbers being posted of late. Look for the day to begin in the low 70s and top out near 90° during the early afternoon hours. Skies will generally be partly sunny with only an isolated shower or storm possible. This is the most likely day to keep the outdoors dry over the next several.

At this point, many questions arise as to what type of weather pattern unfolds. An upper level trough will dive into the Southeastern United States. This will send another cold front into the region. Additionally, numerous waves of energy will bring instances of increased rain chances. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the upper level steering winds with this pattern will be from west to east.

Monday-Wednesday: By Monday, Invest 92L will be in the Gulf of Mexico. And by this period, half of the computer forecast models keep this disturbance to the south, and half bring it farther north. Of late, more and more of the guidance depict a more northern track. Forecasting with weather models, trends over time are worth noting (see attached image). Given the setup, two scenarios appear possible.

Scenario 1: On the southern track of Invest 92L, Monday through Wednesday would primarily be influenced by the presence of a cold front. Stalled over the region, numerous afternoon showers and thunderstorms would be possible as waves of energy ride through the upper level steering winds. While unsettled, this pattern wouldn't be much different than the recent weather in South Louisiana.

Scenario 2: Should the cold front or west to east upper level winds snare Invest 92L, the forecast models favoring a more northern track would be accurate and a much wetter week of weather would ensue. With the front stalled and constant reinforcement coming from the upper level waves of energy, an increased moisture tap from Invest 92L would lead to long duration periods of rain Monday Afternoon through Wednesday. Certainly, as is the case with any tropical disturbance, some torrential rains could be possible which would present flash flooding concerns.

Both scenarios seem equally feasible and will need monitored as we go through the weekend. We'll be sure to update you as the pattern unfolds and new guidance becomes available.

You can get forecasts from Meteorologist Josh Eachus weekdays on 2une-In from 5-7am and News 2 at Noon from 12-1pm. Additionally, you can get the fastest and latest forecasts and weather news by checking in with wbrz.com/weather, connecting with Josh on Google+ and following him on Twitter.


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Getting unsettled again http://www.wbrz.com/news/getting-unsettled-again/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/getting-unsettled-again/ Weather Thu, 11 Sep 2014 3:36:34 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Getting unsettled again

Your Thursday Afternoon will bring about a few showers and thunderstorms once again. Prior to any cooling showers, it will be another hot one with mostly sunny skies early leading to a high in the low 90s.

Expect it to be mostly clear and muggy tonight with a low in the low 70s.

This marks the peak of hurricane season, but with four named storms thus far, the Atlantic Basin is two shy of what is typical by now.

Two waves in the North Atlantic Basin are being monitored by the National Hurricane Center. One is well southwest of the Cape Verde Islands off of the African Coast. Over the next 5 days, this disturbance is given an 80% chance of development.

Another cluster of showers and thunderstorms in the Bahamas is only given a 30% chance of development over the next 5 days. While this disturbance is unlikely to develop, it could move into the Gulf of Mexico next week if it survives a passage over Florida.

You can get forecasts from Meteorologist Josh Eachus weekdays on 2une-In from 5-7am and News 2 at Noon from 12-1pm. Additionally, you can get the fastest and latest forecasts and weather news by checking in with wbrz.com/weather, connecting with Josh on Google+ and following him on Twitter.

 


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Hurricane Betsy, 49 years ago http://www.wbrz.com/news/hurricane-betsy-49-years-ago/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/hurricane-betsy-49-years-ago/ Weather Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:59:52 AM Meteorologist Robert Gauthreaux III Hurricane Betsy, 49 years ago

One of the most memorable hurricanes in Louisiana's history, struck the state late on September 9th, 1965. In many ways, Hurricane Betsy mirrored Katrina, 40 years later.


Over 164,000 homes were flooded in the New Orleans area as people fled to their rooftops and around 76 people perished in the storm. "Billion Dollar Betsy" was the first storm to accrue damage of over $1 billion. By September 22nd, about 800,000 pounds of USDA foods had been issued to refugees. Betsy made landfall as a category three packing wind gusts of 145 mph.


The storm thus prompted the construction of a New Orleans levee system which ultimately failed during Katrina.


The storm moved about 20 miles west of Baton Rouge, which was impacted by the right-front quadrant of the storm; the strongest part of a hurricane. This brought heavy flooding and power outages throughout sections of Baton Rouge and for a long time in the Capital City, Betsy was considered "the big one."


Betsy remained a hurricane far inland, until it reached northern Louisiana and was downgraded to a tropical storm.


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Barely a peek by the peak http://www.wbrz.com/news/barely-a-peek-by-the-peak/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/barely-a-peek-by-the-peak/ Weather Wed, 10 Sep 2014 8:27:52 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Barely a peek by the peak

As the peak of hurricane season has been reached, experts are nearing a bounce-back, verified forecast.

Over the last 100 years, tropical cyclone activity has been greatest on September 10-meaning the peak of hurricane season has been reached. It is during the month of September that, typically, almost the entire North Atlantic Tropical Basin is a potential area for storm development.

So far in 2014, there have been 4 named storms, 3 hurricanes and no major hurricanes. Category 2 Hurricane Arthur made landfall in North Carolina early in July. Category 1 Hurricanes Bertha and Cristobal churned haplessly out into the Atlantic Ocean during the month of August. Tropical Storm Dolly made landfall in Eastern Mexico as quickly as it formed earlier in September.

Climatologically speaking, by the peak of the season there are 6 named storms, 3 hurricanes and one major storm. Thus, activity is indeed below average given the time of year. In terms of accumulated cyclone energy, which measures the combined strength and duration of storms, the Atlantic Basin is 45% below average.

The lessened activity is right in line with expert projections of a below average season. In April, Colorado State University researchers predicted 9 named storms and 3 hurricanes with 1 reaching major status. Later in the Spring, National Hurricane Center forecasters called for 8-13 named storms, 3-6 hurricanes and 1-2 major hurricanes-giving the season a 50% of below normal activity and only a 10% chance of above normal activity.

Overall, Atlantic Basin water temperatures remain well below average and upper level wind patterns continue to favor "out-to-sea" tracks for Eastern Atlantic storms.

Hurricane Season officially concludes on November 30. According to the record books though, the tropics can remain quite active right until the end of October, with a secondary peak in activity even showing up near October 15.

You can get forecasts from Meteorologist Josh Eachus weekdays on 2une-In from 5-7am and News 2 at Noon from 12-1pm. Additionally, you can get the fastest and latest forecasts and weather news by checking in with wbrz.com/weather, connecting with Josh on Google+ and following him on Twitter.


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More heat and humidity http://www.wbrz.com/news/more-heat-and-humidity/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/more-heat-and-humidity/ Weather Wed, 10 Sep 2014 3:44:03 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus More heat and humidity

In a month where temperatures should tend to fall back, an upward climb on the thermometers continues this week.

Wednesday appears as though it will be the warmest this week as the afternoon temperatures will climb into the mid-90s beneath ample sunshine. Only a spotty thundershower may develop on account of the above average warmth and humidity.

Overnight, expect shower activity to migrate coastward while lows drop back into the lower 70s. It will remain sticky.

We continue to monitor a southward advancing cold front for the weekend. While the forecast drastically changed yesterday, it is still believed the front will make it to and through the area, just with much less cooling effect. The cold front will begin to trigger scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms as early as Thursday with a repeat, more widespread round on Friday. The expectation is for the front to pass overhead on Saturday, perhaps with one more round of thundershowers. By this time though, the cool air will begin mixing with the warm, humid Gulf of Mexico air and little change is expected in temperatures.

You can get forecasts from Meteorologist Josh Eachus weekdays on 2une-In from 5-7am and News 2 at Noon from 12-1pm. Additionally, you can get the fastest and latest forecasts and weather news by checking in with wbrz.com/weather, connecting with Josh on Google+ and following him on Twitter.


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Backed down http://www.wbrz.com/news/backed-down/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/backed-down/ Weather Tue, 9 Sep 2014 3:36:56 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Backed down

It has been over a week since the forecast has undergone any significant changes.

Tuesday will be sunny early with thermometers quickly rising through the 70s and 80s into the low 90s. By afternoon, clouds will develop and may set off a few showers or thunderstorms, although lesser rain coverage is expected.

The nighttime will bring an end to showers. Skies will gradually clear with lows into the low 70s.

There have been some changes to the extended forecast as computer models have significantly backed down on the anticipated strength of a weekend cold front. After a steamy couple of days with low-end thundershower chances, a cold font will approach the area. On Friday, the boundary may trigger scattered showers and thunderstorms. A few thundershowers may even linger into Saturday. Forecast models still depict this front sagging south into the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday; however, it appears the push of cool air will weaken prior to reaching our region. Still a little downturn in humidity may be in the offing for the latter half of the weekend and early next week. Look for temperatures to remain near or just slightly below average.

 


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The first sign of relief http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-first-sign-of-relief/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-first-sign-of-relief/ Weather Mon, 8 Sep 2014 5:15:15 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus The first sign of relief

Your second full week of September will start off quite similar to where the first left off.

Heat and humidity are expected to prevail for the week ahead and even a few thundershowers will remain possible. However, rain coverage will be greatly reduced from the 50-70% seen for much of last week to 20-30% over the next several days. It is even possible that many locations stay dry on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

By Thursday, a significant cold front will march into our region from the north. This will return enhanced rain chances on Thursday and Friday. Current forecast model guidance is split on whether or not we see widespread thunderstorms activity on Friday. However, most major models do agree that a cold front will clear the region by Saturday Morning.

The result of this cold front passing through will be reduced humidity with highs in 80s and lows in the 60s on Saturday and Sunday. Tailgaters, football-goers and those with other outdoor plans this weekend may be enjoying much more pleasant air then we've felt over the past few months.

Stick with the WBRZ Weather Team as we continue to monitor this potential cool down.

You can get forecasts from Meteorologist Josh Eachus weekdays on 2une-In from 5-7am and News 2 at Noon from 12-1pm. Additionally, you can get the fastest and latest forecasts and weather news by checking in with wbrz.com/weather, connecting with Josh on Google+ and following him on Twitter.


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Storms: please geaux away! http://www.wbrz.com/news/storms-please-geaux-away-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/storms-please-geaux-away-/ Weather Fri, 5 Sep 2014 6:45:20 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Storms: please geaux away!

We've got some football to play. We could really do without any follies from the weather. But unfortunately, the stale summer pattern will continue. Ample heat and humidity will be firing off rounds of showers and thunderstorms each afternoon through Monday.

Friday Forecast: For your Friday Night fix of high school football, as has been the case all week, showers and thunderstorms may linger into the 8 or 9 o'clock hours. By then, skies will break a bit, but it will continue to be muggy with temperatures in the 80s.

Impact: Any local high school football games certainly run the risk of an early lightning delay until the storms wrap up. Please seek shelter if you are outdoors and thunder is heard or lightning is seen. As the activity diminishes though, all games should be able to complete tonight.

Saturday Forecast: On Saturday, a slate of college football games and associated festivities will headline area agendas. As for Mother Nature's agenda, she'll be delivering the scattered showers and thunderstorms once again during the afternoon and early evening hours. Aside from that, it will be hot and humid with thermometers running into the 90s outside of areas cooled a bit by rain.

Impact: Enjoy your tailgating but be sure to have a shelter nearby in the event of lightning. It IS NOT safe to be outside with lightning in the area. By game time, showers and thunderstorms will be tending to end but could certainly linger as late as 8 o'clock. Games will be a go, but a brief delay isn't out of the question.

REMEMBER: When thunder roars, go indoors. Lightning discharged near an off-duty firefighter in the parking lot of a soccer stadium in Columbus, Ohio earlier this year. That man would go into cardiac arrest and was knocked unconscious. Two years ago a man tailgating at a NASCAR event was killed due to a lightning strike. 9 others were injured due to the same bolt.

By Sunday, a weak and dissipating front will enter the region and enhance shower and thunderstorm coverage. The good news for the second half of the weekend is that many will be able to enjoy viewing the Saints from indoors.

A final day of scattered action can be expected Monday before we find some quieter afternoons for the middle of next week.

You'll have those cell phones out, tweeting the live action all weekend. So give us a follow and stay updated on the latest weather to keep your tailgate party safe: @2StormView, @Josh_Eachus, @RG3wbrz. You can also download our WBRZ Weather app for interactive radar.


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The rain chances game http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-rain-chances-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-rain-chances-game/ Weather Thu, 4 Sep 2014 3:56:56 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus The rain chances game

With little change seen in the pattern across the Eastern United States through Monday, little change will be made to the forecast.

A partly sunny, hazy and humid morning will prompt a rapid warmup into the lower 90s. Prime daytime heating is expected to stop early in the afternoon as showers and thunderstorms fire off. Rain coverage will be on the order of 40%.

Tonight, showers end. Skies will be partly cloudy to mostly clear with lows in the mid-70s.

The big forecast challenge over the last several days has been identifying how much of the area in Southeastern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi would pick up rainfall on a daily basis. While each afternoon has featured scattered showers and thunderstorms, there have been subtle variations in rain coverage each day ranging from 40-60%. For example, in the associated image, see how about 40% of our geographical area picked up rain on Wednesday. The forecast called for 30%. In such a pattern, that would be considered a verified forecast.

You can get forecasts from Meteorologist Josh Eachus weekdays on 2une-In from 5-7am and News 2 at Noon from 12-1pm. Additionally, you can get the fastest and latest forecasts and weather news by checking in with wbrz.com/weather, liking Josh on Facebook and following him on Twitter.


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Fewer showers http://www.wbrz.com/news/fewer-showers/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fewer-showers/ Weather Wed, 3 Sep 2014 3:48:06 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Fewer showers

The repetitive weather pattern continues this week, with only subtle differences from yesterday.

Wednesday will be warm, hazy and humid with spotty showers in the area early. With the atmosphere a bit more stable than yesterday, fewer showers and storms are expected during the afternoon hours. Still, rain chances will be in the 30-40% range. That means that 30-40% of the geographical viewing area of Southeastern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi can expect to find rain. Most locations will top out in the lower 90s prior to any precipitation.

The nighttime hours will spell the end for showers but not the humidity. Lows will be in the mid-70s.

Tropical Storm Dolly made landfall in Mexico overnight, has weakened since coming inland and should degrade into a tropical depression and remnant low through the day. Elsewhere, the tropics are quiet.

You can get forecasts from Meteorologist Josh Eachus weekdays on 2une-In from 5-7am and News 2 at Noon from 12-1pm. Additionally, you can get the fastest and latest forecasts and weather news by checking in with wbrz.com/weather, connecting with Josh on Google+ and following him on Twitter.


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Just Dolly http://www.wbrz.com/news/just-dolly/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/just-dolly/ Weather Tue, 2 Sep 2014 3:33:22 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Just Dolly

As many head back to work and school, our weather pattern digs into a state of normal for the week ahead.

Tuesday will feature an early, hazy sunshine and a quick warm up into the lower 90s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are again expected during the afternoon hours.

The nighttime will bring a close to most shower activity and send temperatures back into the mid-70s.

Tropical Storm Dolly was named in the Bay of Campeche early Tuesday Morning. As of 4am CDT on Tuesday, the storm was positioned about 200 miles east of the Mexican Coast. Dolly has maximum sustained winds of 45mph and a minimum central pressure of 1005mb. Some slight strengthening is possible before the tropical cyclone turns west-northwest and makes landfall in Mexico on Wednesday Morning. The storm poses no threat to the local area.

You can get forecasts from Meteorologist Josh Eachus weekdays on 2une-In from 5-7am and News 2 at Noon from 12-1pm. Additionally, you can get the fastest and latest forecasts and weather news by checking in with wbrz.com/weather, connecting with Josh on Google+ and following him on Twitter.


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Onward to cooler temperatures http://www.wbrz.com/news/onward-to-cooler-temperatures/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/onward-to-cooler-temperatures/ Weather Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:07:25 AM Meteorologist Robert Gauthreaux III Onward to cooler temperatures

The average high on August 1 and August 31 is 92°. You can't get much more stagnant than that. However, as we journey into September, we'll find our average high temperature going from 92°, to 85° by the end of the month! Highs in the 80's! It's amazing! Average lows will be in the mid 60's by the end of the month.


Granted, we've been fairly cool this summer (all year really). The highest temperature we've experienced all year is only 96°, and we've hit that mark twice during the "hottest weekend of the year" on the 23rd and 24th.


As far as precipitation goes, we normally see about 5.68 inches in August. This past August, we saw 5.64. This isn't a huge difference. In September, we usually see a little less; around 4.54 inches. Severe weather also becomes more common in September as cold fronts become more numerous and the atmosphere is changing.


Not a bad year thus far, but will cooler temperatures overall segway into another cool winter with chances of snow? Only time will tell.

 

On Facebook: Meteorologist Robert Gauthreaux III

On Twitter: @RG3wbrz

 


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Labor Day Forecast http://www.wbrz.com/news/labor-day-forecast/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/labor-day-forecast/ Weather Mon, 1 Sep 2014 3:36:32 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Labor Day Forecast

Your Labor Day will be warm and steamy with highs in the lower 90s. Morning sunshine will give way to some convective clouds this afternoon and even a few thundershowers but coverage won't be nearly as widespread as Saturday.

Overnight, any showers will diminish and lows will keep to the mid-70s.

Little change in the weather is expected through this week ahead.

There is only one area of action being monitored by the National Hurricane Center. An organized cluster of showers and thunderstorms on the Yucatan Peninsula is beginning to move westward into a warm Bay of Campeche. The complex is likely to organize into a tropical depression as it continues on a westerly track. Regardless of further development, heavy rain is expected on the Yucatán and in Eastern Mexico. There is currently no threat to the United States mainland.

For much more, visit our weather blog.

 


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Wet weather for football fans http://www.wbrz.com/news/wet-weather-for-football-fans/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/wet-weather-for-football-fans/ Weather Fri, 29 Aug 2014 6:23:36 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Wet weather for football fans

Today: Friday will begin with sunshine and a warmup into the lower 90s before afternoon clouds, showers and thunderstorms develop. Activity is expected to be a bit more than Wednesday and Thursday with scattered coverage in the rain department.

Tonight: The area will maintain humidity, cloud cover and spotty showers, with a ramp up in rain intensity and coverage expected near dawn Saturday. Temperatures will keep to the mid-70s.

Saturday Washout: As far as any long duration outdoor activities go, Saturday's weather will not cooperate. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to be widespread and heavy at times, especially for the Baton Rouge area and points to the west. It will stay humid but with clouds and rain, temperatures will keep to the 80s.

Timing: Rain will begin shortly after (if not before) dawn and be scattered about through the afternoon hours. Only brief, lighter showers will linger into the evening hours.

Amounts: Generally, 1-3" of rain will fall with locally higher totals. Forecast models pin the heaviest action along the coast from Morgan City to Lake Charles. There, upwards of 4" may fall.

Hazards: Heavy downpours will pose a risk for flash flooding. Locations stuck under particularly strong storms could quickly pick up 2-3" creating ponding water and bulging bayous.

Impacts: Of course, ponding of water on roadways means travel could be complicated for LSU and Southern fans traveling westward to Houston and Lafayette for their respective games. Leave early and drive slowly through heavier pockets of rain. I-10 from Lafayette to Houston is where the highest rainfall totals are anticipated on Saturday. Also, if tailgating, be sure to have a backup plan if you hear thunder. It is not safe to be outdoors with lightning in the area.

Sunday & Labor Day: Sunday will have a little less rain coverage with early sunshine and scattered afternoon thundershowers. Labor Day will be partly sunny with only a pop-up afternoon shower or storm. Highs both days will be in the low 90s.

You can get forecasts from Meteorologist Josh Eachus weekdays on 2une-In from 5-7am and News 2 at Noon from 12-1pm. Additionally, you can get the fastest and latest forecasts and weather news by checking in with wbrz.com/weather, connecting with Josh on Google+ and following him on Twitter.


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Anniversary: Isaac comes inland http://www.wbrz.com/news/anniversary-isaac-comes-inland/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/anniversary-isaac-comes-inland/ Weather Thu, 28 Aug 2014 8:21:38 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Anniversary: Isaac comes inland

It has been exactly two years since a hurricane has made landfall in the state of Louisiana.

On August 28, 2012 around 6:45pm, Hurricane Isaac came ashore near the mouth of the Mississippi River with maximum sustained winds of 80mph and a minimum central pressure of 965mb.

While the storm was a category one hurricane, geographically it was expansive, creating widespread impacts due to storm surge, heavy rain and wind.

The highest observed surge was in Shell Beach, Louisiana where a gauge rose 11.03 feet above normal tide levels. Parts of Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parishes were inundated with storm tide more than 10 feet above ground level. Higher waters likely occurred in uninhabited areas within the Federal Levee System.

Most of extreme Southeastern Louisiana experienced over 10" of rainfall causing many reports of flash flooding. 20.66" of rain was recorded in New Orleans. The Tangipahoa River at Robert crested 9.0' above flood stage. Baton Rouge received roughly 6" of rain due to the storm.

17 tornadoes were spawned by Isaac within the United States, with one EF-2 reported in Mississippi.

In the United States, 5 deaths were attributed to Isaac-one in Louisiana. A 75-year old Slidell man drowned when his car plummeted off of an I-10 on-ramp into a roadside ditch filled with 9 feet of water.

The United States damage estimate for Hurricane Isaac came out to $2.35 billion. Specifically in Louisiana, about 59,000 homes were damaged by Isaac and the storm cut power for 901,000 residences-47% of the state's power customers. 90% of the Louisiana's sugarcane crop was damaged.

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Sun with a shower http://www.wbrz.com/news/sun-with-a-shower/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sun-with-a-shower/ Weather Thu, 28 Aug 2014 3:38:31 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Sun with a shower

Thursday will be similar to Wednesday. Expect early sunshine and warmth to blow up some afternoon clouds which will squeeze out a couple of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will get to the lower 90s before any rain begins.

Overnight, the activity will diminish per usual and lows will stop in the low 70s.

Hurricane Cristobal was positioned about 650 miles to the southwest of Nova Scotia as of 4am Wednesday. The storm is packing winds of 75mph with a minimum central pressure of 985mb. Cristobal is moving northeast at 29mph and should continue to accelerate to the northeast over the next 48 hours with little change in strength.

There are two other disturbances being watched by the National Hurricane Center-both looking highly unlikely to develop beyond a cluster of showers and thunderstorms. One is actually the upper level disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico that brought Monday's showers and storms to Southeastern Louisiana; the other is near the Lesser Antilles. A much impressive looking wave that will need monitoring is expected to push off the African coast later this week.

 


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