Today is the beginning of a few major changes in our weather pattern, starting with a drop in oppressive temps. Early sunshine will warm us up quickly for the morning and early afternoon hours, but we'll have a 30% chance of showers in the afternoon. Increasing moisture and chances of showers is due to the influence of Tropical Depression #13 brewing in the gulf of Mexico.
T.D. #13 is meandering south of the Louisiana coast as of early this morning. The latest location of the system is at 26.5N 91.7W with maximum sustained wind of 35 mph. The Depression is moving only 2 mph to the North West this morning, but threatening to drop a good deal of rain in a short period of time.
Early projections indicated that the coastal region of Mississippi is expected to receive 5-10 inches of rain along the coast and up the Walthall, Amite, Wilkinson & Pike County areas. Central Mississippi, including the Jackson metro and tri county area of Madison, Hinds and Rankin, expecting 2-5" of rain from T.D. 13. And for the northern portions of our viewing area, look for a 1-3" of rainfall.
We have flash flood watches already in effect for all coastal counties of Mississippi. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Pascagoula Mississippi westward to Savine Pass Texas, including the center of New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.
A slow and possible erratic northwestward motion is expected today, followed by a turn toward the north tonight or Saturday. On the Forecast track, the center of the cyclone is expected to approach the coast of southern Louisiana during the weekend.