Forecast: Tropical Depression Nate moving quickly
Tropical Depression Nate currently has maximum sustained winds of 35mph and is moving at considerable speed through Tennessee. This is good news as the storm won't be sitting over other areas of the United States and dumping rain.
The highest estimates of rainfall across our area peaked at around two inches. Baton Rouge did not see more than a half inch, mostly attributed to an early rainband Saturday afternoon. The strongest wind gust was only 24mph.
Storm surge menaced a lot of coastal Missississippi and Alabama, but Lousiana did not bear the brunt of Nate's wake. Original estimates by the National Hurricane Center were somewhat overpredicted, as official forecasts were indicated up to 11 feet of surge, but realistically only reached about seven feet across Jackson County, MS. These storm surge models are relatively new, and don't take into account historical storm surge of similar storms. Surge levels of 4-6 feet were felt across St. Bernard Parish and Hancock County.
This morning, expect mostly cloudy skies, clearing a bit by the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80's, with a humid feel. While a stray shower is possible today, don't expect too much rain. Tomorrow will bring a better chance of some isolated showers and thunderstorms, as well as Tuesday when a cold front is expected.
Unfortunately, the original "fall-like" punch of cool dry air initially forecast has changed thanks to Nate which gave us a surge of tropical moisture and heat. This will dampen the effects of the expected front unfortnately. Fall will come eventually, don't worry. Maybe next time.