The tropical depression the National Hurricane Center (NHS) has been monitoring in the Gulf of Mexican is now a tropical storm by the name of Cristobal.

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Overnight storms dropped 10 to 15 inches of rain on parts of the North Shore in about six hours Thursday night.

That’s heavy enough to be considered somewhere between a 100- and 500-year storm, the National Weather Service said, though the agency prefers not to use those designations anymore.

National Phenology Network

Spring is coming earlier, and it is bringing warmer temperatures and earlier blooming trees and flowers. The USA National Phenology Network tracks these factors and has documented an early spring across the southeast. Reporter Tegan Wendland talked with director Theresa Crimmins about so-called “false springs” and the implications for plants and animals.

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A band of thunderstorms rolled through southeast Louisiana Wednesday afternoon, dropping rain and hail. About 1 inch had fallen in the New Orleans area by about 2:30 p.m., and there were several reports of pea-sized hail, according to the National Weather Service office in Slidell. 

Up to 3 inches of rain are possible for much of southeast Louisiana through Thursday.

What To Know About Barry: Monday, July 15

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Barry as seen by satellite Saturday, July 13, 2019

Last update 10:00 a.m., July 15, 2019

Heavy rain bands from Tropical Depression Barry will continue to affect the southern Louisiana region throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service.  Rainfall amounts between 1 to 3 inches are possible and could impact north of Interstate 10 and 12 corridors. 

The threat of flash flooding for the region, including Baton Rouge and New Orleans, remains "slight" according to an advisory released at 4:32 am by the weather service. 

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Strong storms passed through the New Orleans metro area Wednesday morning, dropping between 5 and 7 inches of rain in about an hour and a half, causing widespread street flooding and power outages.

Flooded streets have been reported across the Jefferson and Orleans Parishes, calling back images of the devastating floods of August 2017. Many roads and underpasses have been closed in the City of New Orleans. For an updated list of those locations, check the city’s Streetwise website:

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Towns along the Upper Mississippi River are dealing with some of the worst flooding they’ve ever seen. Busted levees. Flooded downtowns. What does that mean for us in Louisiana? When should we be concerned, and when should we not be?

WWNO’s Travis Lux called up Jeff Graschel, hydrologist at the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center in Slidell, Louisiana to get those answers, and more, for this week’s Coastal News Roundup.


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New Orleans is vulnerable. Even a small storm can wipe out power for thousands of homes. Scientists say climate change is going to bring more intense storms, heavier rainfall and increased heat. More than a decade after Hurricane Katrina, officials say the city is more protected than ever. But big storms are just one threat. This week, WWNO explores how prepared the city is for the threats that climate change will bring with a special Coastal Desk series, New Orleans: Ready Or Not?

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People love talking about the weather. And we did a lot of talking during this year's busy hurricane season. Turns out the weather has a way of showing up in music — but less now than it used to.


WWNO’s Travis Lux talked with Paul Williams, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Reading in the UK, who studies how musicians write about the weather. He hopes climate change will inspire more weather-related music.


With search and rescue efforts completed in the flooded parts of southwest Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards says the state has now taken the lead on evacuating and sheltering people from the far corner of southeastern Texas.