The weekend is shaping up to end on a soaking note across the central Gulf Coast with the arrival of a tropical disturbance.
The disturbance will spread numerous tropical downpours across the central Gulf Coast on Sunday, soaking the cities of Gulfport, Miss., Mobile, Ala., and Pensacola, Fla.
A drenching thunderstorm or two will cross New Orleans, but the majority of the wet weather should narrowly miss the city to the east.
The downpours not only threaten to ruin outdoor activities planned for Sunday, but may also cause localized flash flooding and travel delays.
Motorists should prepare to encounter reduced visibility and a heightened risk of vehicles hydroplaning at highway speeds from the heavy bursts of rain.
Despite being tropical and over the Gulf of Mexico, the disturbance set to deliver Sunday's downpours is not expected to strengthen into a depression.
Winds above the surface (known as wind shear) are too strong for such intensification.
While a brief break in the wet weather is coming early next week, rounds of rain will resume later next week and cause difficulties for outdoor plans and agriculture through much of May.
As millions prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8, rain and severe storms threaten to disrupt outdoor activities and travel plans.
As a strong El Niño fades, the weather across the country will slowly change. In much of the eastern United States, a hot summer is in store.
A system with rain and thunderstorms will bring both good and bad news to the western United States later this week.
The threat of severe weather will return to the south-central United States this weekend.
Omaha, NE (1975)
Massive tornado killed 3 people and injured 133 while causing 150 million dollars worth of damage. Tornado cut a swath 10 miles long and one-quarter of a mile wide through the industrial and residential areas of west-central Omaha before lifting over the northern section of the city. Most costly U.S. tornado to date.
Thunderstorms rake over Nebraska and Kansas with golf ball-sized hail, wind gusts close to 90 mph at Superior, NE, and 3-1/2 inches of rain at Kensaw, NE.
Sheridan Lake, ND (1984)
Lightning struck a boat out on the water, killing two occupants. A life vest was torn to bits by the powerful bolt.