Tuesday began with a fresh north to northeasterly breeze in central Louisiana, testimony to the nearness of what would eventually become Hurricane Isaac by mid-morning. The wind increased during the day as stronger momentum from aloft was mixed down to the surface. Gusts in the 30s were clocked at several points around Cenla.
Low temperatures were mostly in the low to middle 70s. Bellwood and Winnfield fell to 69 degrees while Simmesport stayed at 76 for a low. Daytime highs reflected the influence of Isaac with the highest readings to the north and west of the metro area and the lowest temperatures to the south and east. For example, Anacoco, Bellwood, and Hagewood saw their daytime high soar to 97 degrees. However, Simmesport and Natchez, Miss. only reached 88 degrees and Opelousas maxed out at 89.
As the remnants of Hurricane Isaac track through central Louisiana Wednesday and Thursday, the weather will get worse quickly. High wind and heavy rain will be the result. Wind gusts may reach 65 mph and rainfall up to 14 inches may occur. There is also the risk of tornadoes.
Stay aware and prepared.