Friday, February 1, 2013

Looking Good for Parades & More This Weekend!

By Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta

The forecast looks good for all of this weekend’s parades, starting with tonight’s Krewe of Artemis in downtown Baton Rouge.  Dry weather extends throughout the day on Saturday across south Louisiana and the weather cooperates through Super Bowl Sunday as well!

Saturday should be a nice “spring like” day, with a mix of sun and clouds and afternoon highs climbing to around 70° for metro BR.  And Super Bowl Sunday?  Just about as good, although maybe a couple of degrees cooler in the afternoon.

A weak cool front slipped to the Louisiana coast this afternoon.  The boundary has stalled over south Louisiana for now and will retreat northward tonight and into Saturday morning as a weak warm front.  It won’t generate any rain as it moves back north, but it puts the WAFB area back into the “warm sector” (the warmer, south side of the front) for Saturday afternoon.  Highs near 70° will combine with the low-level Gulf moisture to produce some fair-weather clouds during the afternoon and evening, but nothing else. 

In addition, you may remember that we’ve been hedging a bit on the Saturday evening and overnight forecast, suggesting that a weak disturbance sliding by to our north might generate a few sprinkles for the Krewe of Orion parade?  Well, you can still bring umbrellas, but just plan to flip them over to catch more beads!  No rain expected for Orion!

Temperatures through the upcoming work week look to stay above the norm, with daytime highs ranging from the upper 60°s to low 70°s and daily minimums at or above 50° from Tuesday through Friday. 

Monday stays dry, but our next probable rainmaker will be cranking-up over the Southern Plains on Monday and moving into our region early Tuesday.  Our WAFB area forecast has “rain likely” for Tuesday as that system moves west-to-east across the Gulf Coast states.  By Wednesday, that system should have moved far enough to the east to give us a “dry” day, but at the same time another system will be organizing over the Southern Plains.  This second storm system is likely to deliver rains sometime between late Thursday and Friday.

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