WEATHER BLOG: Hot weather continues, Morganza may be opened within next few weeks

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The dominant weather factor for us will be a building ridge of high pressure across the southeastern U.S. This will lead to near triple digit heat across places such as Alabama, Georgia, and northern Florida by the weekend. This high pressure will build westward through the weekend, causing some of this heat to work into Acadiana. We’ll begin to see a modest uptick in our high temperatures by the weekend. 

Today, we’ll be in the lower 90s with feels like temperatures in the 95-100 degree range. Rain chances both today and tomorrow will be minimal, only in the 5-10% range. Steady southeast/south winds will continue across the area. 

By the weekend, highs could be in the 92-94 degree range with feels like temperatures in the 97-102 degree range. This weather pattern won’t be breaking anytime soon, so expect this hot and dry weather to continue. 

This same high pressure that’s giving us nice weather locally is also causing the jet stream to remain stagnant off to our north and west, across the lower-plains and the central parts of the country. This had led to a steady barrage of storm systems impacting these areas. Many flood warnings and advisories remain across these areas. The bad news is that this water will eventually work down the already swollen Mississippi River. The gauge at Red River Landing is already approaching record levels and more water is expected to come down the Mississippi. Because of this, the Army Corps of Engineers is worried about water level and pressure on the structure that keeps the Mississippi River from flowing into the Atchafalaya. The Corps of Engineers has announced they may begin to open the Morganza flood gates as early as June 2nd. As of now, the plan is to have a slow opening of gates through a three-day period, diverting water into the Atchafalaya. This would flood the nearby flood plain as well as areas along the Atchafalaya downstream. Morganza has only been opened twice in its history, in 1973 and 2011 respectively.  We’ll continue to monitor this forecast through the next few days. 

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