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It was, to say the least, and interesting Tuesday. The day began with a surprise convective system that dropped lots of rain in places and led to a large difference in max temps across central Louisiana.

Showers and thunderstorms redeveloped over portions of central Louisiana before 5:00 AM. There was a bit of upscale growth as the individual elements congealed into a cluster of slow-moving convection. Frequent lightning and very heavy rain occurred. The heaviest rain fell across portions of southern Grant and northern Rapides Parishes. The Catahoula Forest Service station between Bentley and Pollock received 4.50 inches for the most rainfall reported this morning. A rain gauge on the south side of Cotile Lake measured 3.10 inches and the Aloha community reported 3.00 inches. Colfax saw a smooth two inches and the Fairfield community received 1.89 inches. Many other places to the south and west received little or no rain.

The early storm complex caused temperature antics during the afternoon. Locations that were affected by the convective system saw persistent cloudiness and temperatures were "cool" compared to the undisturbed areas. For example, readings in metro Alexandria/Pineville reached the upper 80s to near 90. In contrast, upper 90s occurred at Natchitoches, Bellwood, Anacoco, Hagewood, Many, Leesville, and Montgomery.

I don't expect another storm complex Wednesday-drier air should move in and cut the rain chances down. High temps, however, will stay in the 90s.

Tom Konvicka

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