PORT ARTHUR —
By Sherry Koonce
The News staff writer
Long needed moisture has finally arrived in Southeast Texas — enough to at least settle the dust in an area measuring more than 11 inches below normal rainfall amounts for the year.
An upper level disturbance combined with a constant influx of Gulf moisture and a southerly flow has hovered over Southeast Texas, and most of East Texas, Southwest and Central Louisiana since Tuesday. The weather pattern is predicted to continue through the weekend, with the worst forecast for Thursday and Friday.
“Maybe Sunday we will get a break; Saturday is iffy and Thursday and Friday will be a washout,” Donovan Landreneau, meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Lake Charles office, said Wednesday.
NWS data indicates .78 inches of rain was measured at the Jack Brooks Regional Airport Tuesday for a total of 15.12 inches recorded since Jan. 1. Normal rainfall amounts for this time of year are 26.36 inches.
Though rain is in the forecast, sometimes heavy, because the area is so dry, much of what falls from this system will drain off before it has a chance to soak into the soil, Landreneau said.
Temperatures are running below normal, in the mid-70s.
Chance of precipitation is 80 percent Thursday, decreasing to 60 percent during the night. Expect showers and possibly a thunderstorm Thursday.
Friday’s forecast is much the same, though the chance of rain will begin to dissipate slightly to 70 percent, and 60 percent during the night.
A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms is in the forecast for Saturday, as well as continued chances of thunderstorms. Saturday skies, however, will show a hint of sun, with temperatures warming to 84.
By Sunday, chance of showers and thunderstorms decrease to 20 percent, with partly cloudy skies and a high of 85.
Monday, expect chance of rain to decrease to 20 percent, with mostly sunny skies and a high near 86.
Though the chance of rain is high throughout the area, Landreneau said it is hard to pinpoint where the precipitation will occur, or how much.
Parts of Beaumont Tuesday received 1.48 inches or rainfall while another area in the city measured 3.5 inches. In Orange, only .42 inches were recorded, according to the NWS.
“The air is so moist and unstable that we are having trouble pinpointing, it is next to impossible, to pinpoint exactly where it is going to develop,” he said. “What we do know is that the chance of showers and thunderstorms are very high.”
Landreneau said the same weather patterns that resulted in funnel cloud formations Tuesday will continue for the next couple of days, but will likely not touch ground.
Funnel clouds form, he said, when warm air rises into the clouds causing the clouds to spin.
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By Sherry Koonce
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