Monday continued the spring-like weather pattern that began over the weekend.
Morning lows were 12-20 degrees higher than the climatological norms. Readings in the middle 50s to the lower 60s were observed throughout central Louisiana. Jena fell to 53 and both local airports (AEX and ESF) reported 54 for the lowest temperatures in the area. The record low was a hard freeze in 1929 when the thermometer fell to 21 degrees.
Afternoon highs were 10-18 degrees above normal with Jena, Esler Airport, and Simmesport topping out at 80 degrees. Fort Polk and DeRidder only reached 73 degrees as the rain stopped the afternoon temperature rise.
Speaking of rain, it was scattered across central Louisiana on Monday. The highest totals came from Vernon and Beauregard Parishes with Simpson receiving 0.50 inches, Fullerton with 0.44, and Fort Polk with 0.28. Everyone said the rain was welcome but more is needed.
A weak cold front will help trigger rain Tuesday through Wednesday morning with 1-2 inches possible, especially in the southern Parishes. Everyone has their fingers crossed!