Tropical Storm Gordon to likely have minimal impact on weather over most of the Arklatex. Chance of rain to continue for the entire week ahead with near normal temperatures.
Tuesday was a drier day around the Arklatex. As Tropical Storm Gordon approaches the gulf coast, we experienced a mix of sunshine and clouds with very little in terms of rain. Temperatures began in the low to mid 70s and warmed into the low 90s. Gordon will likely make landfall sometime late this evening along the Mississippi coast. From there it will move through Mississippi and graze the NE tip of Louisiana tomorrow evening. Despite its proximity, don’t expect much rain in our area as we will be on the drier side of its circulation.
Thursday the remnants of Gordon could move relatively close to the NE edge of our area. IF it does the area from Dierks, to Hope, to Magnolia could see a couple of inches of rain. That is an amount that we will likely be able to handle with no issues. Keep in mind if Gordon does move more towards the west. The potential for heavier rainfall will increase. As of right now that scenario is looking somewhat slim. The latest run of Futurecast actually takes the storm across eastern Arkansas and keeps rainfall todays from Gordon under an inch for most of our area.
Once Gordon moves away, we will continue to see a chance for the scattered afternoon shower and thunderstorm pretty much each day in the week ahead. Longer range models indicate that a good one to three inches of rain will be possible over most of the area during the next seven days.
Temperatures during this period will stay above normal at night with lows in the low to mid 70s. Daytime highs will be near or slightly below normal with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s.
See the latest from Futurecast below:
Average High/Low for today’s date: 92/70.