Rain and storms are in the forecast through tomorrow as a low pressure area moves across the northern Gulf of Mexico, headed for a rendezvous with the Big Bend and the Atlantic Ocean where, if conditions are right, it could become a tropical cyclone.

Got plans for today? Better include an umbrella. You’ll probably need it.


Rain and storms are in the forecast through tomorrow as a low pressure area moves across the northern Gulf of Mexico, headed for a rendezvous with the Big Bend and the Atlantic Ocean where, if conditions are right, it could become a tropical cyclone.


The National Weather Service is calling for a 70 percent chance of rain today, dropping to 40 percent tonight but then climbing back up to 70 percent. Monday looks like a rainout with a 90 percent chance of rain.


The Bay County area will have a 50-50 chance of rain today, but that goes up to 60 percent tonight and 80 percent tomorrow.


The culprit is a trough of low pressure lying along the northern Gulf Coast. That trough is expected to drift east-northeast, and there’s a 10 percent chance of it developing into something tropical while it’s in the Gulf, so says the National Hurricane Center.


Weather forecasters say tomorrow’s rains could amount to as much as an inch.


The only weather warning out at the moment is a rip current statement for Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties through Wednesday night.


For both locals who are unfamiliar with water conditions and our visitors from afar, the Weather Services advises the following with rip currents:


"Swim near a lifeguard. If caught in a rip current, relax and float. Don`t swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help."