A BIT COOLER: Temperatures are in the mid 70s early this morning, a few degrees cooler than in recent days. Just like most days, today will feature dry hot and humid weather with highs in the mid to upper 90s, and that will be the case for the foreseeable future. Nothing much will change with our weather pattern for the weekend or next week.
ALL EYES ON THE GULF: A tropical storm is expected to form today in the northern Gulf of Mexico; it's name will be Barry. The NHC has designated it as "Potential Tropical Cyclone Two" for the time being. It will continue to move westward, and curve to the Louisiana coast where it is expected to landfall during the day Saturday as a category one hurricane.
*A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from the mouth of the Pearl River to Intracoastal City.
*A Hurricane Watch is in effect from the mouth of the Mississippi River to Cameron.
*Lastly, a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from the mouth of the Mississippi River northward to the mouth of the Pearl River.
*The main storm surge and wind threat will be along the segments mentioned above along the Louisiana coast beginning Friday night lasting into the day on Saturday as Barry approaches. Dangerous rip currents are likely Friday and the weekend, so expect double red flags flying.
*For ALL areas to the east and northeast of Lake Charles, please be advised that heavy rain bands are expected at times tomorrow through Sunday. These bands will be well to the south and east of the center of the circulation. Also, brief, isolated tornadoes and/or waterspouts will be possible with these bands.
*Rain amounts of ]2-4 inches is expected for areas near Shreveport and points east. Lighter amounts are possible to the west. The heaviest rainfall will lie in Southern Louisiana, where over 15 inches is likely.
*The weather for the coast should trend calmer by early next week.
See the Texas Weather Discussion Video for more details.