A southerly wind brought back a welcome comfort to the air today.
Morning lows were in the 30s and 40s. A distinct west-to-east temperature difference was evident in the data. For example, Many was the warm spot with a low of only 47 degrees. DeRidder had a low of 45 degrees. Simmesport, however, bottomed out at 35 with Marksville and Natchez, Miss. at 36. This pattern illustrates how the cold air is being pushed to the east as the southern branch of the jetstream gains control of our weather.
Afternoon highs ranged through the 60s and even a few 70s showed up. The thermometer at Bellwood hit 71 degrees and it was 70 at Hagewood. Natchez, Miss. made it up to 63 degrees. The long-term daily average is 60 and the record is 82 in 1957.
Saturday will be a comfortable day with highs in the upper 60s to the lower 70s. Sunday brings rain back to the forecast.