Not so generous Nate

Published: Oct. 8, 2017 at 10:08 PM CDT
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Rich Gulf moisture surged into central Louisiana Friday night ahead of Hurricane Nate. But, Nate was too small, too far away, and moving too fast for central Louisiana to register a widespread, beneficial rainfall.

Although the estimated areal coverage, including trace amounts, was about 75%, many amounts were too small to alleviate the abnormally dry weather that has worsened very quickly since late September.

According to the KALB rain gauge network, cooperative reports from the National Weather Service, and Doppler radar estimates, beneficial rain occurred in several parishes. In particular, portions of Natchitoches, Vernon, Sabine, St. Landry, and LaSalle Parishes saw substantial totals in isolated locations. In addition to the amounts presented in the accompanying graphic, a personal weather station in the Blanchard Subdivision east of town measured 1.58 inches.

What are the prospects for more rain? The moisture from Nate will linger through Tuesday. A cold front will move through the area late Tuesday and drier air will take up residence, which will effectively limit any hope for rain Wednesday through Saturday.