The heat and humidity dominated Friday's weather pattern along with some strong storms.
The overnight convective system influenced this morning's low temperatures. The rain-cooled air allowed Jena to fall to 68 and Ball/Tioga to 69. In Many, however, the low was 79 and DeRidder saw 78.
Temperatures ranged through the 90s Friday with a significant difference evident across the KALB viewing area. A piece of that hot high pressure cell is still around. Testimony to that is given by the persistent high temperatures in the northern and western portions of central Louisiana. Viewers in Natchitoches, Winnfield, Colfax, Bentley, and Bellwood all reached the upper 90s. The thermometer only reached 90 at Natchez, Miss.
Two waves of storms rolled through the eastern sections of the TV 5 viewing area. The first convective system moved through Thursday night and was followed by a second system Friday afternoon/evening. I received reports of wind damage from Rapides, LaSalle, Catahoula, and Grant Parishes. Several inches of rain fell at a few locations in these parishes as well.
As I write this, the front has just passed through the Alexandria/Pineville metro area. It will continue to crawl southward overnight with drier air creeping in behind it. This will give us a really good weekend forecast with a tad lower temps and less humidity. The best weather will occur Sunday morning when a few points may fall into the middle 60s.
Have a good weekend.