Another quick disturbance embedded in the southern jetstream is moving over central Louisiana as I write this blog. This feature was able to lift moisture over the cold air in residence and that process created precipitation once again. As of this writing, amounts were less than 0.10 inches.
The day began with a strong and damp cold. Minimum temperatures were in the middle 20s to the lower 30s. Colfax and Natchez, Miss. reported 26 degrees while Pine Prairie and Esler Airport fell to 30 degrees. This is below the 30-year benchmark of 39 degrees and way above the record of 15 set in 1895.
Clouds kept afternoon highs in the 30s and 40s. Temperatures failed to reach 40 degrees over much of western Louisiana with Leesville, DeRidder, Simpson, Peason, and Fort Polk only making the upper 30s. Also, portions of the Alexandria/Pineville metro reported highs in the upper 30s, including International Airport (AEX), Good Earth, and KALB-TV. These readings are far below the long-term average of 61 and the record of 82 in 1999.
The weekend offers an optimistic forecast with highs climbing into the 50s and the 60s with little or no rain.