Monday, February 4, 2013

"Unsettled" Weather through the Work Week
 -- Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta
      4 February 2013
Rain has already fallen in the downtown area of Baton Rouge this afternoon thanks to a mid-level storm system tracking west-to-east across the central Gulf Coast. The rains will be with us through the night and into the early part of Tuesday, with the showers ending Tuesday morning. We’re not anticipating any heavy rain or storms this evening or tonight as the system slides by, and most of us can expect under one-half inch of rain during the next 24 hours.

But the work week forecast remains rather unsettled and we’re also carrying rain in the forecast for parts of the upcoming Mardi Gras weekend and “extended” holiday.

We expect a break from the rains from Tuesday afternoon through much of Wednesday, although we are posting a 20% rain chance for the viewing area for the latter half of Wednesday. Widespread rains return Thursday and Thursday’s weather set-up looks like it could be more energetic, both in terms of thunderstorm potential and rain totals. However, at this point we are not anticipating any kind of severe-weather outbreak on Thursday, just a very wet day for most of us.

Based on current guidance, a few showers could linger into the early hours on Friday, but our Friday afternoon should be dry. And so should Saturday. That is great news for the Krewe of Southdowns (Friday evening) and the Capital City’s sometimes bawdy Spanish Town Parade on Saturday! In fact, not only does the extended outlook for Friday and Saturday look dry, but the week’s run of warmer-than-normal weather will continue right through the weekend and into next week.
The dry weather for Southdowns and Spanish Town may be an added bonus for local parade-goers and bead-mongers: the long-range outlook for Lundi Gras (Monday) and Mardi Gras (Tuesday) suggests that one or both days could be on the “wet” side across South Louisiana.

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