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CenLa residents felt the full effect of the front that passed through Tuesday night and Wednesday. Everyone I spoke with remarked on the pleasant freshness to the air today.

Morning lows were in the 60s, with Winnfield, Natchitoches, Montgomery, Colfax, Jena, Simpson, and Natchez, Miss. all reporting 60 degrees. Ville Platte and Opelousas reported the highest readins with 64 degrees. Although it was cooler this morning, temperatures were still above the daily average of 54 degrees. The record low is 36 degrees in 1943.

Afternoon highs managed to reach the 60s and 70s. The dominant control over these readings was the clearing trend that progressed southward during the day. Locations to the north saw more sunshine and temperatures were higher. For example, Colfax was able to reach 76 degrees and Bellwood hit 77 degrees. Simmesport, where the lateness of the clearing trend limited sunshine, only made it up to 66 degrees. The daily average is 79 and the record is 93 in 1947.

Overnight Wednesday and Thursday morning, light amounts of rain fell across most of the area. Plaucheville picked up 0.25 inches; Bunkie measured 0.13; and Brouillette reported 0.10 inches.

You can expect a chilly night followed by increasing clouds Friday and late-developing rain chances.

Tom Konvicka 

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