Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Great October Weather Continues!

Frankly, there’s not a whole lot to talk about -- just sit back and enjoy!
What rain that did fall overnight and in the early morning for most WAFB communities was barely a drizzle, with few WAFB Weather Watchers recoding measureable amounts. As of lunchtime, clouds and even a few showers still were observed over the extreme southeastern portions of the Bayou State, but for most WAFB neighborhoods the skies were clearing nicely through the mid to late morning.
Tuesday’s sunshine took afternoon temperatures into the upper 70°s to around 80° -- add in the low humidity and most of us enjoyed an all-star weather day. And it stays nearly-perfect for the next few days as clear-and-cool nights will be followed by sunny-and-pleasant days.
Lows will slip to near 50° for metro Baton Rouge on Wednesday morning, with upper 40°s on tap for folks near and north of the LA/MS state line. We’ve posting sunny skies and highs in the low to mid 70°s for Wednesday across the Red Stick area.
Not only will we stay dry through the coming weekend, but the Gulf Coast can expect a pair of reinforcing surges of cool-and-dry Canadian air in the next couple of days, taking temps even lower towards week’s end. Baton Rouge lows will drop into the mid to upper 40°s for Thursday and Friday mornings, and could sink into the lower 40°s for Saturday and Sunday mornings. Although highs on Thursday will reach the mid 70°s, many WAFB neighborhoods along and north of the I-10/12 corridor will struggle just to reach the 70°s on Friday and Saturday afternoons!
No complaints with Sunday either: highs return to the mid 70°s under mostly sunny skies. In fact, the extended guidance suggests dry weather into the middle of next week.
In the tropics, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) continues to track non-threatening T.S. LORENZO in the central Atlantic. LORENZO has showed some modest strengthening overnight and earlier today, with peak sustained winds now estimated at 50 mph. LORENZO will continue to track towards the northeast and all indicators are that ‘his’ days are numbered. The tropical storm is headed towards an area of increasing wind shear and cooler sea-surface temperatures, a combination that will almost certainly mean a rapid decline in LORENZO’s tropical structure. In fact, the NHC calls for LORENZO’s dissipation within the next 72 hours.

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