The anticipated warming trend is well underway across central Louisiana. I spoke to the weather watchers this evening and they all said the weather was delightful.
The day began with a chill as temperatures fell into the 30s and 40s. A well-defined trend was evident in the data I collected. Temperatures were higher over the western and northwestern portions of the viewing area. In contrast, the eastern sections were cooler. The lowest readings came from Winnfield with 33 degrees and Simmesport and Esler field at 34 degrees. DeRidder reported a high of 45 degrees. The reason for this pattern was the return flow of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. The moisture influx inhibited the nighttime temperature drop.
Clearing ensued across central Louisiana during the afternoon and the sunshine brought temperatures into the 70s. Bellwood was the warm spot at 77 degrees, followed closely by Winnfield and Simmesport with 76. The lowest max temp was 70 from Natchez, Miss. and from Charles Park and Cherokee Village. Apparently, there was a "cool" bubble of air that lingered over the western portion of Alexandria during the day.
The weather promises to be "good" for Good Friday. The long Easter weekend is underway!