Watching for the Formation of Barry

Thursday Weather on the Go

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Humidity on the rise for the latter half of the week as tropical moisture surges into the Southeast from the Gulf of Mexico. Elevated moisture levels in our area will also help to keep rain chances in the 40-60% range over the next few days with Friday and Saturday looking like the wettest days in our neck of the woods for now. With increasing cloud cover and a better chance of rain each day, highs will top out in the low 90s if not in the upper 80s in those spots that receive less sunshine. Rain chances Sunday into early next week remain highly dependent on the track of the developing tropical system (soon to strengthen into “Barry” today) once it moves over land, and just how far eastward its moisture will spread.

Speaking of the tropics, as of Thursday morning, the tropical disturbance still remains fairly disorganized, but should strengthen into at least a tropical depression known as Barry later today as it drifts westward over the warm, open waters of the Gulf. The forecast track still has its sights set on the Louisiana Gulf Coast, where over a foot of rain is possible over the next few days. Regardless of whether this system is a tropical storm or Category 1 hurricane at landfall, it could produce dangerous flooding concerns since it will be moving so slowly. Though we will be well to the east side of the system, we will have to monitor its evolution over the weekend to see if we could get any rain closer to home on the far east side. If you’re vacationing along the Florida or Alabama coasts this weekend, keep in mind the potential for rough surf, strong rip currents, breezy conditions, and of course, off-and-on rain.

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