You might have noticed the increase in humidity today-that is a good thing. If you want rain, then we need to get the moisture first.
The increased moisture made for a muggy start around central Louisiana this morning. Lows were in the 70s with Simmesport and International Airport (AEX) reporting 75 degrees. The lowest reading came from Oakdale and Jena with 70 degrees. The 30-year average for the date is 65 and the record is 45 set in 1981.
The high pressure ridge was still situated overhead, and allowed daytime max temps to climb into the 90s. Simpson was the warm spot with 98 degrees while Natchez, Miss. registered 90. The 30-year daily average is 87 and the record is a pre-Hurricane Rita 99 in 2005.
The surge of moisture brought scattered rain and a few thunderstorms to the area. Otis in western Rapides Parish reported 1.50 inches of rain. Cloutierville received 1.25; Eunice 1.18; and Colfax 1.00. Everyone said the rain was welcome.
A cold front will approach central Louisiana Friday and another, more substantial, round of rain will occur. Enjoy the wet stuff!