Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Cold Weather Returns Tonight!

By Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta

** Severe Weather Awareness Week continues **

Thankfully, our weather this week will be rather benign, although get ready for a couple of very cold starts for Wednesday and Thursday!

Today’s cool front pushed on through as expected and skies cleared through the afternoon. A few neighborhoods reported light sprinkles with little if any accumulations for the area.

But behind today’s cold front comes another round of cold and dry Canadian air. That will mean a cold start for both Wednesday and Thursday, with morning lows in the mid to upper 30°s for many WAFB neighborhoods.

A steady warm-up kicks in by Friday, with highs back into the 70°s for the weekend. And our forecast stays dry into the weekend, with only a 20% chance of rain posted for the latter half of Sunday.

Our next cold front is scheduled for Monday, and for the time being it looks like that front moves through during the first half of the day. Based on what we see right now, Monday’s front will generate some rain, possibly even a few t-storms, but it is not shaping up to be a widespread severe-weather producer at this point. Of course, that could change in the coming days, so we’ll keep a watch on it for you.

Tying into Severe Weather Awareness Week, Jay researched and produced the graphics below relative to our tornado climatology in East Baton Rouge Parish.

- While tornadoes occur year-round, more than half of EBR’s past tornadoes occurred during the 4-month period of March-through-June ... and more than one-third occurred during the spring months (Mar-Apr-May).

- EBR Tornadoes have occurred during any time of day or night, with one-fourth occurring between 10pm-6am, the “sleeping hours” for most people.

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