The chances of Invest 92L becoming a named tropical storm have increased to 50% in the two-day forecast and 80% in the five-day forecast, according to the National Hurricane Center. That’s the bad news. The good news for the Houston area: most models now predict the storm will make landfall in Louisiana.
Jeff Lindner, Harris County meteorologist caps predicted rainfall totals at 1 to 3 inches for now, but with the understanding that totals could go significantly higher.
Invest in this context means “area of investigation.” A weather system receives this designation when forecasters start to track something serious more closely.
Uncertainty Remains High at This Time
Because the center of this storm is still over land at the moment, it’s hard to predict. Models diverge widely. Those that take the storm further south into the Gulf result in stronger winds and higher rainfall totals because the storm will remain over water longer.
However, some models predict the storm will remain closer to shore as it tracks westward through the Gulf. Those models suggest lower winds and less rainfall. The current radius of circulation of the storm is 150 nautical miles. (One nautical mile = 1.15078 miles.)
Net: forecasts are all over the map at the moment. Uncertainty remains high.
Your best bet is to:
- Monitor forecasts twice a day
- Check and stock hurricane kits and have plans ready to be enacted this week
- Be ready to enact plans by the middle to end of this week
- Follow trusted weather sources for information (National Hurricane Center, Houston/Galveston National Weather Service, West Gulf River Forecast Center and local government) for any recommendations
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Posted by Bob Rehak on 7/9/2019
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