Tropical Storm Cindy nears Louisiana

❝ Tropical Storm Cindy formed in the Gulf Tuesday afternoon and was heading toward the Louisiana coast, bringing with it the potential threat of life-threatening flash floods.

As a result, the Gulf coast from the Louisiana-Mississippi border, which includes New Orleans, to the Houston-Galveston area of Texas was under a tropical storm warning — which means tropical storm conditions are expected.

❝ Stacy Stewart, Senior Hurricane Specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, said that what’s notable about Cindy was that some of the storm’s most intense weather was far from its core.

Tropical storm-force winds were extending about 205 miles from the storm’s center, mainly to the north and east, forecasters said.

“It’s a large sprawling system, it’s not a classic tropical cyclone,” Stewart said.

❝ Whether it’s a sign of things to come this season remains to be seen, but NOAA’s prediction of a busier-than-normal hurricane season is ringing true so far.

As much as we often whine about the absence of rain – average annual rainfall here in northern New Mexico is 14+ inches. If we’re lucky. Still, I do not miss the weather on the Gulf of Mexico. Even if I miss the crawfish.

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