Tropical Merry-Go-Round

By: Oscar Fann meteorologist WTVY-TV
By: Oscar Fann meteorologist WTVY-TV

Remember tropical depression # 5?

This time last week - Thursday Aug 12 - it had been downgraded and went ashore in Louisiana with gusty winds and scattered areas of heavy rain.

Then, by this past Saturday Aug 14, the remnant circulation had drifted to east central Alabama near Auburn, transporting numerous showers and t-storms to eastern Alabama and western Georgia.

By late Sunday the low had drifted south to Panama City with yet more numerous showers for our area.

Even though it did not strengthen back to depression status (Dauphin Island did report winds near 30 mph), it once again went ashore in southeastern Louisiana early Tuesday morning with several reports (over 6 inches) of heavy rain.

Guess where the weak center of circulation is this afternoon - Thursday Aug 19? It's just west of Selma, Alabama moving slowly east.
It has spawned a line of showers and t-storms moving through south central Alabama.

This time the low will merge with an upper trough of low pressure and lose its identity (maybe it should have had identity theft protection).

Regardless, its energy and moisture will continue to spark showers for several days as that trough is not going anywhere fast.

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