It took a while, but tropical depression 13 has strengthened somewhat to Tropical Storm Lee this afternoon. Air Force Reconnaissance Hurricane Hunters flew into the storm and detected 40 mph sustained winds, prompting the upgrade. The storm is still poised to drift toward Louisiana over the weekend. Exactly how fast that happens is still up in the air. Lee has moved little since it was first declared a depression due to very weak upper-level steering currents.
While the water in the northern Gulf is very warm (mid to upper 80s), a strong upper-level disturbance is poised to swoop in from the west and push Lee off to our east. So the chance that Lee would strike the Texas coast is slim. Our best chance at seeing any rain would be Saturday as the storm gets closer to Louisiana and storms east of the center rotate westward toward Texas. However, those storms will have a very hard time breaking through the dry air over us.
So our once high hopes for rain are evaporating. At least it won't be triple-digit hot this weekend and down the road, there's even a chance that even cooler air moves our way by mid-week.