NOAA's Climate Prediction Center says there is a 60 per cent chance of an above-normal hurricane season, a 30 per cent chance of a near-normal season and only a 10 per cent chance of a below-normal season.
Natural Gas Intelligence (NGI) reported that spot gas prices also declined as Tropical Storm Cristobal headed toward the Gulf Coast, with winds and heavy rains from the storm seen slashing demand, but not threatening oil and gas operations.
This video shows and aerial view of cloud formations over the Gulf, with further video showing less cloud cover over crystal blue water and some island outcrops.
Tropical Storm Cristobal has dumped copious amounts of rain on parts of Mexico and appears to be taking aim at the Gulf Coast for this weekend. It is critically important for the people of Louisiana to be aware of this tropical threat.
Cristobal formed this week in the Bay of Campeche from the remnants of Tropical Storm Amanda, which had sprung up last weekend in the eastern Pacific and hit Central America. It is expected to be a large and lopsided storm, with the strongest winds and heaviest rain expected on the east side of the circulation. Flood Watches have been issued for 18 million people across central and southern Florida and southeast Louisiana.
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Indirectly, temperatures are expected to peak in the triple digits over the coming days as Cristobal moves north and east of Texas.
Three-day forecast rainfall related to Tropical Storm Cristobal.
As of the 10 p.m. Saturday night advisory by the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Cristobal has maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour, is in the Central Gulf of Mexico and pushing off to the north at 12 miles per hour.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards on Thursday declared a state of emergency and called for a federal declaration. Through Saturday, several more inches of rain could still fall over portions of Mexico, Belize, El Salvador, southern Honduras and southern Guatemala. "Some instances of flash flooding will become increasingly likely today", it wrote.
Meantime, rainfall of 2 to 4 inches is possible in much of North Central Wisconsin from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday night.
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