08/26 – Rob Knight’s “Humid Conditions/Tracking Hurricane Laura” Wednesday Morning Forecast
Hurricane Laura is currently in the central Gulf of Mexico currently moving northwestward. Satellite imagery does show Laura trying to have a bit more of a closed circulation and the storm has now increased to a CAT 2 hurricane.
Laura is forecast to be at major hurricane strength at landfall but the greatest impacts wind wise should be our west. However, still cannot rule out some tropical storm force winds to extend into the extreme SE’tern Louisiana areas.
Our main impacts look to be storm surge 1-2′, coastal flooding and heavy rainfall. Out of these, the heavy rainfall is the biggest concern. The initial approach of Laura does have some potential to have some feeder bands possible.
Depending on where it eventually tracks, the gradient between some rain and a whole lot of rain is pretty tight. Moving into Thursday, Laura heading inland will have some widespread rain right over Louisiana. Concerned that Laura’s remnants might get stuck since we are in zonal flow and might not get picked up by the upper level flow right away. So overall expecting some rain but the amounts could vary drastically depending on where and how long feeder bands set up.