Thursday finally brought changes to the ongoing hot and dry weather pattern.
An expansive high pressure cell aloft continues to shrink and central Louisiana found itself on the edge of this feature. This position is commonly called the "ring of fire" by weather forecasters since disturbances form and move around the edge of the high. If the atmosphere is moist and unstable, the result is convection.
The day began on a very muggy note with lows in the middle and the upper 70s. The lowest temperature I could find was 74 degrees at Jena, Leesville, Opelousas, Woodworth, and Natchez, Miss. Ville Platte and Bellwood stayed at 78 degrees. The 30-year daily average is 73 degrees.
Afternoon highs were kept down by considerable clouds and rain. Bellwood and Ville Platte managed 94 degrees while Many, Ball-Tioga, Oak Hill, Winnfield, and Charles Park stayed in the upper 80s. The 30-year daily average is 92 degrees and the record is 105 set in 1917.
The weather headline for the day was the rain. Although scattered in coverage, I believe the coverage was at least 60%. The best rains fell across Winn, LaSalle, Catahoula, Concordia, Avoyelles, and St. Landry Parishes as well as in Adams County Mississippi. My rain gauge network bears that out-here are the top five totals:
Natchez, Miss. Airport...2.09
Everyone I spoke with said the rain was welcome. The chance for rain is still there for Friday.