Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Couple of Nice Days Ahead!

By Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta

The rain and storms were slow to arrive this morning, but once they did, the rains were rather intense for about an hour for many of us.  At Metro Airport, the temperature dropped from the day’s high of 75° to the day’s low of 54° in less than 90 minutes as the surface front moved through, with the heaviest rains and storms behind the front rather than ahead of it.
Fortunately, while the WAFB area was under a Tornado Watch for much of the morning, there were no reports of weather-related damage in the greater metro area.  However, the storms appeared to intensify after they moved east of metro BR, and there were several reports of wind damage in Washington and St. Tammany parishes as well as at least one confirmed tornado touchdown on the northwest side of Slidell.

Rain totals for most WAFB neighborhoods were in the 0.5” to 1.0” range.  A few sites reported larger totals, while communities closer to the coast tended to report lesser amounts.

While we are done with that weather, the line of storms continue to produce damage and heavy rains as it marches farther east this afternoon and evening.  For us, the clearing is well underway.
With a cooler-and-less-humid air mass in place, we can expect a couple of “almost chilly” mornings for Friday and Saturday, with sunrise temps in the 40°s!  But both afternoons will be real beauties too, with highs in the 70°s, very low humidity and lots of sunshine -- looking good for Friday’s Live After Five, Saturday’s Baton Rouge Blues Fest, and just about anything you can think of to do outdoors on a Friday or Saturday.

Unfortunately, it won’t be a perfect weekend, as rain returns to the outlook for Sunday.  A warm front advancing northward across the Gulf will provide the stimulus for scattered showers and a few t-storms on Sunday and may still have an impact into Monday.  Although not entirely dry, our regional weather should settle down somewhat on Tuesday into Wednesday before the next advancing front produced another chance for widespread rains on Thursday.

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