Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Great Weather Continues!

By Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta

April 29th First Alert Quickcast:

- cool mornings, mild afternoons continue into the weekend!

Morning skies were much clearer than we expected and partly cloudy skies made for a nice Wednesday.  While it was breezy at times, the low humidity was a treat.  Meanwhile, the after-storm clean-up continues and the lights keep coming back on!

Now it’s PAYOFF time in the weather department!  We’re anticipating a run of fine spring days that will carry us through the upcoming weekend. 

Drier (less humid) continental air from the north will keep temperatures on the cool side of normal through the weekend with morning lows in the 50°s and afternoon highs in the upper 70°s to low 80°s.  Along with that will come plenty of sunshine right into Sunday afternoon.

The pattern over the coming days will support a much-needed dry-out for the region too.  Just about the entire WAFB viewing area has received above-normal rainfall this month, with Doppler radar estimates showing widespread estimated rain totals in excess of 10” for April: totals that are two to three times the April norm.  Fortunately, the rains have been somewhat spread-out over the course of the past four weeks: river and bayou flooding has not been a serious concern, although standing water and property flooding has been all too common.

So the dry weather is a double bonus, allowing for easier clean-up efforts and cooperating for repair crews across the region.  And the cooler weather has been a plus for those without power over the past two days too.

Headed into next week, we’ll begin to see a return of Gulf moisture accompanied by an uptick in temperatures and humidity.  Based upon our current guidance, we could see some spotty rains popping up on Doppler radar as soon as Monday afternoon, but most of us can expect to stay dry into Tuesday or possibly even mid-week.

So, put away the umbrella away -- maybe grab the sunscreen -- and make plans for what should be a gorgeous weekend!

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