Heavy Rain, Severe Weather Threat Continues Today in Acadiana
According to the National Weather Service Office in Lake Charles, Lafayette Regional Airport received just over two and quarter inches of rainfall in yesterday's storms. The forecast for the area today includes additional rainfall amounts of one to two inches and a threat of severe storms too.
The official total on the rain gauge at Lafayette Regional showed 2.26 inches of precipitation. Most of that fell between 10 am and 10 pm yesterday. The official forecast from the National Weather Service does call for at least another inch of rain today with most locations seeing a good bit more than that.
The heavy rains prompted road closures in some parishes and many local governments have established sandbagging operations to help residents deal with the threat of rising water. While flash flooding is certainly a concern, it's not the only concern that residents of South Louisiana should concern themselves with today.
The Storm Prediction Center has singled out the southwest corner of Louisiana as today's "hot spot" for severe weather. Granted the risk of severe storms is only graded as a slight risk, we are the one spot in the nation where forecasters feel severe storms are most likely to happen.
Forecasters with the SPC suggest that the area's greatest threats will come in the form of heavy downpours, damaging winds, and small hail associated with strong to severe thunderstorms which should reform over the forecast area later this morning. By the way, the SPC outlook for Thursday still keeps much of South Louisiana in the "marginal risk" zone for severe storms as well.
Flash Flood Watches and localized Flood Warnings remain in effect for a large portion of Acadiana and Southwest Louisiana through at least midday on Thursday. Rain chances are expected to elevate once again this morning to 70% during the daylight hours. The threat of rain will decrease at night but Thursday's forecast still has a 60% chance of showers, so we won't be done with the inflated rain chances for at least a couple of more days.
I always find rainy days are great days to make a pot of gumbo. I like to let it simmer on the stove. The bubbles from the pot seem to enhance the sound of the falling rain. Now, if you're contemplating making a gumbo today or anytime during the rest of your life, please make sure you follow these 10 very important rules.
10 Commandments of Gumbo