Posted by Vivian Gonzalez
If you are loving this Summer weather the last few days, the long holiday weekend promises to be just as nice. We have a building area of high pressure into the Southeast United States bringing drier air. This air will not be totally dry, but just enough for us to enjoy the upcoming weekend this time around. Therefore, look for our typical summer pattern with lots of sun to start and maybe the chance of seeing some showers and an isolated storm out West due to the sea breeze. Overall, temperatures will remain right where they should for this time of year... Highs around 90 degrees and lows near 80.
TROPICS: Watching three
1) Tropical Storm Isaac is weaker inland over Louisiana, but still producing flooding rains. Dangerous storm surge between 5-10 feet is expected as water levels rise during times of high tide for sections of Southeast Louisiana and Mississippi. Sustained winds at 40mph keep it as minimal tropical storm as it is moving slowly North-Northwest at 9mph. A turn toward the North is expected by Friday as it gets downgraded to a tropical depression over Arkansas and then move over as a remnant area of low pressure over Southern Missouri Friday night.
Isaac is expected to bring beneficial rainfall across the middle part of the U.S. as they have been dealing with a severe drought since the beginning of Summer. The South-Central plains could see between 10-20 inches of rain and the upper-Midwest to Northeast could see between 2-4 inches of rain.
2) Kirk becomes the fifth hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Sustained winds are at 75mph and the forecast track calls for Kirk to remain no threat to land.
3) Tropical Depression Twelve gets classified Thursday morning East of the Lesser Antilles. This one could become Tropical Storm Leslie soon and the forecast track shows that it will curve North bypassing the Lesser Antilles. Once this turn happens, it should follow in the same foot steps as Kirk.
Have a wonderful day and make it a safe one!
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