Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall this morning at about 2:00 this morning on the TX/LA border. The tropical storm is now moving northward at about 12 mph. A front will interact with Cindy and really scoot her along. This same front, along with the interaction with land, will also shear Cindy apart, reducing her to a depression by later today. The affects of Cindy will be felt here today with numerous showers and t-showers, some of which could produce heavy downpours. We should get a break this evening as some drier air works its way in here, before the center of the remnants of Cindy, along with the cold front, make their way through the area on Friday. It is then that we could see some strong to severe t-storms, some of which could produce weak, short-lived tornadoes. These weak tornadoes are common with tropical systems, a result of all the spin associated with these lows. Imagine a great big spin (Cindy) producing much smaller spins (tornadoes). The rainfall will be our greatest impact, by far, with up to 2″ of rain falling and isolated amounts of up to 3-4″. Gusty winds will also be around, though they shouldn’t be enough to cause problems.
As for Saturday and Sunday? I think they both look alright at this point. Cindy is moving a bit faster than expected and the cold front will ensure that she doesn’t stall out or slow down. This means that she should continue to progress and by Saturday morning should be east of us, which will bring in northerly, less humid breezes. At best, we may see a shower Saturday morning. It’ll be nice to be able to dry out after all the rain that’s coming! Sunday looks fantastic as well.
Waterspouts (tornadoes over water) coming ashore near Santa Rosa Island, Florida Wednesday afternoon as the outer bands of Cindy made their way onshore. Wow!