Sunday, February 2, 2014

Rainy Groundhog Day for South Louisiana

Today is Groundhog Day so let's start with the fur ball forecaster.  Phil saw his shadow which means he is scared to death and will now be hiding in his burrow for 6 more weeks of winter like weather.  Phil's track record recently leaves a lot to be desired though.  Over the last 25 years Phil's forecasts have been wrong 15 times while only being right 10 times.  We'll just have to wait and see what's the case this time around.

As for our weather, this morning has seen its fair share of fog.  Early morning visibilities have been as low as a quarter mile across sections of the WAFB viewing area.

A Dense Fog Advisory has been issued for all the parishes and counties shaded in pink in the graphic above until 10 AM.  Fog will begin to dissipate some later this morning, but low visibilities will continue with incoming and ongoing rain activity.

Sct'd rain showers have already begun to develop on Titan 9 Doppler Radar this morning.  Coverage of these showers will continue to increase through the day leading to a likely chance for seeing rain in your backyard.  Rain activity will be off and on through the remainder of the morning all the way into late tonight.  That's when a cold front will sweep through the area drying things out for Monday.

A look at the 5-Day forecast shows a cooler and drier Monday...but a warm front moves north out of the Gulf of Mexico into the viewing area on Tuesday.  This will bring warm than normal air back into the area and also elevated rain chances.  Yet another cold front will then push through late Tuesday into early Wednesday leading to some cooler days during the middle of the week.  Thursday is going to be downright chilly at this point with lows near freezing and highs only warming into the upper 40°s.

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