By Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta
We’re still enjoying a taste of fall weather, but remember … this is only the “dress rehearsal.” Fall doesn’t officially begin until the 22nd of this month. In fact, a summer-like feel will start sneaking back into your neighborhood by later this week. But for the time being, let’s enjoy what we’ve got...including temps that dipped into the upper 50°s for areas north of Baton Rouge this morning!
The low will dip to near 60° for Tuesday morning here in the Baton Rouge area, with some communities north of the Capital City once again slipping into the upper 50°s. Skies will be mostly sunny for Tuesday afternoon, with a bit of a warm-up. In addition, although the air will still be reasonably “dry,” you’ll note a slight increase in the humidity as the southeast winds set-in through the afternoon. That will serve as notice that the “good stuff” is on the way out.
By mid-week, morning lows will be creeping back towards 70°, highs will be back near 90°, and you’ll know that the “fall feel” has ended. We’re putting 20% rain chances into the forecast for Thursday and Friday, with scattered rains on tap for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Once again, Tiger fans will be watching the skies while they tailgate on a Saturday afternoon around Death Valley as our next cool front works from NW to SE across the state.
In the tropics, T.S. Leslie and ‘Cat 1’ Michael continue to spin over the north-central Atlantic -- these have been two very persistent and slow-moving storms! Leslie now looks like she’ll pass through the Canadian Maritimes ... Michael appears destined to remain over the open water.
To their south, a well-developed tropical disturbance appears to be on the brink of becoming our next system: all indications are that it will become Tropical Depression #14 later today or tonight, with a very good chance of becoming T.S. Nadine within the next 24 hours or so.