Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day weekend could be a wet one

With the holiday weekend upon us, you're probably wondering if those outdoor activities will be rained out.  Unfortunately, the overall news is not that good, though the whole weekend will not be a washout.  After a beautiful week dominated by high pressure, we can thank the low pressure system over the Gulf of Mexico that has drenched much of Florida and portions of the Caribbean for our increased rain chances.  The low will approach the Gulf Coast near the LA/MS border tomorrow, but ahead of it, mainly daytime showers and a few t'storms will be scattered over the region today.  Most of this activity will die out this evening so Friday night activities should be fine for the most part.

By Saturday, chances of rain go up again, primarily after noon.  Scattered thunderstorms, about a 50% chance, will be around Saturday and Saturday evening for the end of the Memphis in May activities and the Sunset Symphony.  Rain chances actually increase overnight Saturday and continue on Sunday, with the possibility of some areas seeing heavy rain.  In addition, thunderstorms will be likely on Sunday as the low moves closer to the region.  Rain chances continue on Monday, but should once again be primarily driven by daytime heating, so the best chance will be afternoon and evening hours.

The wet forecast continues through much of next week, with daytime thunderstorms and warm and muggy conditions, until a cold front tries to move it all out of here by the end of next week. The graphic above shows the expected total rainfall from now through Wednesday morning, with Memphis on the edge of as much as 3" of rain.  For a complete forecast and MWN Interactive StormView Radar, visit

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