A bad case of spring fever gripped folks in central Louisiana today.
Morning lows were in the 50s and the 60s. Esler Airport dropped to 55 degrees for the lowest reading in the area.The D.G. Hunter Power Plant reported 56 while Good Earth and International Airport (AEX) saw 57. This makes the interesting point that the "cool spot" in this part of Louisiana was the Alexandria/Pineville metro. The long-term daily average is 42 and the record is 19 in 1910.
Afternoon highs climbed into the 70s and 80s. Fort Polk, Jonesville, and Pitkin had highs of 76 but several other sites soared into the 80s. Esler Airport reported 82, Many 81, and Bellwood and Natchitoches 80. The 30-year daily average is 64 and the record is 81 set after the winter storm of 1996.
A cold front will move quickly through CenLa Thursday evening. This front will be preceded by strong southwesterly winds up to 35 mph. The front will encounter ample moisture and I expect a line of showers and thunderstorms to form along the front and then accelerate ahead of it. This line will bring another threat for high wind Thursday evening.