Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Much Drier Next Couple of Days

By Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta

Now that was a nasty way to start the day, with WAFB Traffic Center reporting more than 30 accidents in and around metro Baton Rouge during the morning commute thanks to the stormy weather.  But that wasn’t all that was a mess:  thunderstorm winds generated pockets of damage across the WAFB viewing area and Titan9 Doppler radar picked up indications of hail with the bigger storms.  Add to that some very active cloud-to-ground lighting and WAFB Weather Watchers reporting widespread 1” to 3” rain totals -- with some reports topping 4” for the day!

In case you are wondering: today’s storms were not a sign that the cool front has moved through -- the front remains to our north and will likely still be there into early Friday.

But we think we’re generally done with rain for the rest of the week.  We could see a spotty shower or two on Thursday and/or Friday afternoon, but the vast majority will stay dry for both days.  What we will see on Thursday and Friday is a return of Gulf heat and humidity, with afternoon highs on both days likely climbing back into the 90°s for many WAFB neighborhoods.

By Friday morning, however, the cool front currently to our north and northwest will “backdoor” its way through the WAFB viewing area (moving almost NE to SW).  As we mentioned in earlier discussions this week, we don’t expect a big drop in the afternoon temperatures as a result of the cool front’s passage, but we will feel a welcomed drop in humidity as the flow comes out of the NE and east for Friday into Saturday.  That should deliver morning lows for Saturday and Sunday in the low 60°s for the Red Stick, and even cooler north and east of metro BR -- quite a change after our recent run of sun-up temps in the 70°s!

By Sunday, the winds will have shifted back around from the SE, but we’ll stay dry for Sunday and Memorial Day (Monday).   Highs through the long weekend will be in the upper 80°s with mainly sunny days -- a great “unofficial” start to the summer.  Grab the sunscreen!

And for those of you headed to the Gulf Coast or maybe up to Hoover to catch the Tigers?  No weather problems to be found anywhere!

In fact, our forecast stays dry through Tuesday, with only a slight chance of rain for next Wednesday.

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