Temperatures more like April blew into central Louisiana on a 15-30 mph south wind. Readings were fairly consistent with the average in the middle 70s. Our 30-year benchmark normal is 59 degrees. Temps would have been higher but three decks of clouds limited the amount of sunlight that reached the surface.
Most of our weather watchers saw rain Friday night or Saturday. In some cases, the rain was significant. Natchitoches measured 1.59 inches, Anacoco 0.72, Eunice 0.63, and Gum Springs 0.53.
Much more rain is on the way, thanks to a strong cold front and an impulse of jet stream energy that is lifting through Oklahoma and Kansas. These two features will promore strong lifting of the atmosphere, which will trigger widespread rain and thunderstorms Saturday night and Sunday. General amounts between one-half inch and two inches will occur, but peak amounts may reach four inches. This amount of water will not help our hydro situation since all of our lakes and rivers are full.