WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Weather Weather en-us Copyright 2019, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 18 Feb 2019 HH:02:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Stalled system to bring locally heavy rain through next weekend http://www.wbrz.com/news/stalled-system-to-bring-locally-heavy-rain-through-next-weekend/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/stalled-system-to-bring-locally-heavy-rain-through-next-weekend/ Weather Mon, 18 Feb 2019 6:19:07 AM Chief Meteorologist, Dr. Josh Eachus Stalled system to bring locally heavy rain through next weekend

A wet weather pattern is setting up this week and will peak in activity on Wednesday. The jet stream is rather strong, which will help to push the bulk of the moisture into central Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. This area to our northeast is expected to pick up 8-11 inches through the week. However, some isolated heavy amounts could occur locally as well.

THE FORECAST:

Today and Tonight: On the cool side of a front, expect near normal temperatures in the low to mid 50s as north winds of 10-15mph continue. The front is far enough south that rain coverage will be minimal, save for a few sprinkles, mainly south of I-10. Some sun is possible early, especially north of I-10. The front will be working back to the north overnight with thickening clouds and a few showers. Lows will be in the low 50s.

Up Next: Conditions will continue to degrade Tuesday. An upper level trough will push into the western Gulf, and will push moisture onshore from our southwest to northeast.

Locally, heavy rain and storm activity will pick up Tuesday night through Thursday, and associated instability and wind shear could even allow a few strong thunderstorms to develop. Within southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi, rain amounts are likely to be in the 3 to 5 inch range. Temperatures will warm above average as the frontal system stalls across the area. Next Saturday appears to be the earliest time at which the front and active weather may finally exit eastward.  

THE EXPLANATION:

With a cold front well south into the Gulf of Mexico, some light rain or sprinkles may occur today—especially south of I-10—but will not amount to much. A surface low pressure will then develop along the tail end of the front and pull the boundary back to the north as a warm front. An associated cold front will trail this system. However, the entire complex will essentially stall over the central Gulf Coast. Meanwhile, in the upper levels of the atmosphere, a deep southwest to northeast jet stream will provide a steady stream of moisture over this boundary will occasional disturbances kicking our more distinct rounds of rain. These scenarios can lead to some heavy rain and currently expect that to be the case just north and east of the Baton Rouge area. Locally, there will be a pretty sharp gradient in rain amounts, heaviest in southwest Mississippi and lowest near the coast. One week totals of 3 to 5 inches are possible where the heaviest action occurs with 1 to 3 inches over areas south of I-10. Additionally, as the line of rain and thunderstorms pushes over the area Tuesday night into Wednesday, some instability and shear will be supportive of thunderstorms with gusty wind and possibly a tornado. The Storm Prediction Center have placed the region under a 1 out of 5 marginal risk for severe weather Tuesday and Wednesday. A cold front could make it through the area Sunday but models do not agree with moving it through clean.

--Dr. Josh

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A Cooler, Breezy Start to the Workweek http://www.wbrz.com/news/a-cooler-breezy-start-to-the-workweek/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/a-cooler-breezy-start-to-the-workweek/ Weather Sun, 17 Feb 2019 6:49:10 PM Meteorologist Matt Callihan A Cooler, Breezy Start to the Workweek

THE FORECAST: 

Tonight and Tomorrow: Cloudy skies sticking around through much of the evening, as a cold front is pushing through the area. Moisture is lacking with this system, but a light shot of drizzle is possible before midnight. Conditions will be cooling quickly, as temperatures plummet to an overnight low of 50°. Winds will stay breezy into Monday, with partly cloudy skies overhead. Temperatures will much cooler and slow to warm through the morning. High temperatures will only reach near 64°, with northerly winds between 10 and 15 mph.

 

Up Next:  Wet conditions setting up through the workweek, peaking rain and storm activity from late Tuesday through Thursday. Showers lingering into the weekend with highs staying into the mid to upper 70s. 

 

THE EXPLANATION:

Cooler air pushing into the region to start the workweek off, which is associated with a cold front that passed through Sunday evening. This will allow for a brief stint of high pressure behind the front, allowing for partly cloudy skies and cooler temperatures on Monday. This will not last long, as clouds will be increasing late Monday, with a wet weather pattern setting up. An upper level trough will drop into the Western Gulf late Monday, and will push moisture onshore from Louisiana into Tennessee through much of the week. This activity will peak late Tuesday into Thursday morning, as instability and directional shear will allow for strong to severe thunderstorms to develop during this time frame. Heavy rainfall will also be occurring, allowing for rainfall amounts to hover between 3 and 5 inches through the week. Luckily, the jet stream is rather strong, which will push the majority of moisture further inland from Mississippi through Alabama and into Northern Georgia. Rain amounts in this region are expected to reach from 8 to 11 inches. After a chillier start on Monday, high temperatures will rebound back into the mid to upper 70s through the latter half of the week, and approach the 80s on Saturday.

--Meteorologist Matt Callihan

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Rain Chances Increasing Sunday http://www.wbrz.com/news/rain-chances-increasing-sunday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/rain-chances-increasing-sunday/ Weather Sat, 16 Feb 2019 6:57:21 PM Meteorologist Matt Callihan Rain Chances Increasing Sunday

THE FORECAST: 

Tonight and Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy skies, humid conditions, and warm temperatures continue through this evening as a warm front pushes in from the south. This front will allow for fog to begin to develop around 9 PM, and it will linger through the morning hours on Sunday. Temperatures will only drop to an overnight low of 63°, as dew points slowly increase into the low 60s late tonight. Spotty showers will also be possible after midnight, with rain chances slowly increasing through the day on Sunday. Areas of brief drizzle will lead to a line of light showers developing along a cold front that will be travelling west to east after 1 PM. This line will slow as it approaches the Mississippi/Alabama border, keeping showers in the area until 9 PM. Temperatures will be even warmer on Sunday, as highs reach near 76°, with light winds out of the southwest.

 

Up Next:  A zonal weather pattern will give way to an upper level trough developing over the Gulf States. This will allow for ample moisture to move onshore from the Gulf, and will keep rain in the forecast through the workweek. Rain and storms are forecast to peak on Wednesday, with moisture lingering into the weekend.

 

 

THE EXPLANATION:

A struggling system has set up camp over our area, keeping warm and cloudy conditions near through the remainder of the weekend. A cold front will push it east on Sunday, but this system will also set up a very wet weather pattern in the upper levels of the atmosphere. The jet stream, which has been zonal over the last couple days, will now dip into the Western Gulf as we proceed into the workweek. This will set up a very wet pattern that will transport ample moisture onshore beginning late Monday, which will stay into the weekend. Several short-wave troughs will travel along this boundary, from our southwest into the Tennessee River Valley. Luckily, the jet stream will be rather strong, which will push the majority of the moisture well off to our northeast and into Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee through the week. These areas could experience anywhere from 7-10 inches of rainfall through this time period. We can expect more on the 2-4 inch mark, with activity peaking Tuesday through Thursday. There will also be some instability and shear present on Wednesday, allowing for storms to develop, with some cells reaching strong to severe status through the afternoon hours. Temperatures will stay above average through the week, breaking into the mid to upper 70s after Wednesday.

--Meteorologist Matt Callihan

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Shorter cold stretches, less winter http://www.wbrz.com/news/shorter-cold-stretches-less-winter/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/shorter-cold-stretches-less-winter/ Weather Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:31:12 AM Chief Meteorologist, Dr. Josh Eachus Shorter cold stretches, less winter

From breathtaking ice sculptures to the frozen pants challenge, people were buzzing around the polar outbreak in late January. However, just five days later, few took notice when Chicago temperatures climbed to a record high minimum. With temperature swings of 70°F or more around the Midwest, concerns shifted to potholes and pipe bursts. These rapid thaws are yet another sign that winters are warming, as below-normal temperatures struggle to persist.

 

An analysis of 244 cities with data going back to 1970 revealed that winter cold streaks trended at least one day shorter in 91 percent of them. Additionally, the longest annual streak of below-normal winter temperatures has gotten shorter in nearly all cities analyzed.  

 

The longest annual streak of below average temperatures has fallen from an average of 13 days to 10 days in Baton Rouge. So far this winter, the longest stretch of below average temperatures has been 8 days from December 15 – 22. That equals the stretch of days below average when Baton Rouge bottomed out at a record setting 14 degrees on January 17, 2018. Earlier that winter, there were 11 consecutive days of below average temperatures in December.

 

The average trend across cities was a reduction of nearly five days, with 45 locations seeing their cold streaks shorten by at least a week. Cities around the country — including Las Vegas, Topeka, St. Louis, and Philadelphia — were among those seeing the cold fade the most quickly.

 

It is not just about shorter stretches of cold temperatures; climate change is causing a general rise in average temperatures throughout the year. Some seasons are warming faster than others. Winter is the fastest-warming season in 38 states, including Louisiana.

 

These trends are affecting national industries that depend on consistent cold. Below-freezing temperatures are a must for winter recreation — an industry that contributed more than $20 billion to the national economy in the 2015-2016 season. According to Climate Impact Lab, every state in the contiguous U.S. will see fewer days with snow-friendly lows by midcentury, leading to quicker melts and shorter winter sports seasons. In less snowy places like the Southeast, fruit trees are suffering with less regular chilling time. Just two winters ago in the Southeast, a warm February caused peaches to bloom early, before a late-winter freeze led to $1 billion in crop damage. February 2017 and 2018 went back to back as the warmest on record in Baton Rouge.  Warmer winters could even make those Valentine’s Day strawberries harder to come by — not to mention chocolate or champagne.

 

METHODOLOGY

Winter data (December, January, and February) was collected from the Applied Climate Information System. The graph indicates each year’s highest number of consecutive winter days below the 1981-2010 NOAA/NCEI climate normal. Displayed trend lines are based on a mathematical linear regression.


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Cloudy, mild weekend gives way to wet weather next week http://www.wbrz.com/news/cloudy-mild-weekend-gives-way-to-wet-weather-next-week/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cloudy-mild-weekend-gives-way-to-wet-weather-next-week/ Weather Fri, 15 Feb 2019 6:09:38 AM Chief Meteorologist, Dr. Josh Eachus Cloudy, mild weekend gives way to wet weather next week

Despite additional clouds, each afternoon will run a bit warmer through the weekend. A stalled front in the region will lead to isolated showers.

THE FORECAST:

Today and Tonight: Far less sunshine is anticipated for Friday. Still, southerly winds of 5-10mph will allow high temperatures to continue creeping higher. Rain chances are nominal, but you may find a light shower. Expect a top out reading in the mid 70s. Overnight will be mostly cloudy with a much better chance of some fog and lows in the low 60s.  

Up Next: A weak, stalled frontal system could create a shower or two on Saturday and Sunday, but any activity should remain isolated. Mostly cloudy skies, high temperatures in the 70s and low temperatures in the 60s are anticipated. Morning fog could become an issue again on Sunday. The chance for rain will increase by Tuesday and Wednesday as a deep layer of moisture will move over a front stalled along the coast. As of now, the threat for significant rain is expected to stay just north and east of the WBRZ Weather forecast area. Stay tuned!  

 

LSU Baseball: The season opener at Alex Box Stadium looks pretty good—especially for February. There is potential for a few showers with the best chance of this on Sunday. However, the LSU Tarp Crew should not be any busier than usual. The weekend afternoon games will likely have temperatures in the 70s, but with clouds and breeze, you may want to keep a light pullover handy, just in case.

THE EXPLANATION:

An upper level trough will move into the Midwest on Saturday evening. Once again, the bulk of action with this event will stay north of the local area. A weak front will slip southeastward through the weekend helping an uptick of cloud cover. However, with low and mid-level relative humidity in the 70-80 percent range and weak vertical motions, some breaks in the clouds are expected. There may be a passing shower or two Saturday and Sunday as the front moves into and stalls in the region. Any showers should be light and isolated. With southeast winds in the 5mph range and moisture pooling ahead of the front, some fog is possible each morning as well. By Sunday night and Monday, a deep trough parked in the western U.S. and continued southwest flow aloft will begin to pump a lot of moisture into the atmosphere. As a series of disturbances work through the atmosphere and ride over a stalled front in the Gulf of Mexico, several rounds of rain and embedded thunderstorms will occur. This general pattern will stay in place through at least Thursday. The greatest concern for heavy rain will likely be for locations just north of the local forecast area. At this time, a manageable 7-Day total of 1 to 3 inches is forecast. However, any training cells or repositioning of the stalled front could result in shifting the corridor of heaviest rain so continue to monitor the forecast.  

--Dr. Josh

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Opening with mild temps, isolated showers http://www.wbrz.com/news/opening-with-mild-temps-isolated-showers/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/opening-with-mild-temps-isolated-showers/ Weather Thu, 14 Feb 2019 5:52:03 AM Chief Meteorologist, Dr. Josh Eachus Opening with mild temps, isolated showers

Quiet weather conditions will continue today as temperatures slowly trend warmer. Some rain chances creep onto the forecast boards this weekend.

THE FORECAST:

Today and Tonight: Thursday will be transitional as southeast winds and a return of moisture to the atmosphere result in some clouds and a return to above average temperatures. Expect highs to peak near 72 degrees. Overnight lows will be much milder in the upper 50s. Some fog may develop around daybreak—especially near bodies of water.

Up Next: A weak, stalled frontal system could create a shower or two on Saturday and Sunday, but any activity should be sparse. Mostly cloudy skies, high temperatures in the 70s and low temperatures in the 60s are anticipated. Morning fog could become an issue. It appears as through the chance for rain will increase by Tuesday and Wednesday, as a deep layer of atmospheric moisture sets up across the region. If the right ingredients come together, there may be a threat for heavy amounts.  

LSU Baseball: The season opener at Alex Box Stadium looks pretty good—especially for February. There is potential for a few showers with the best chance of this on Sunday. However, the LSU Tarp Crew should not be any busier than usual. The weekend afternoon games will likely have temperatures in the 70s, but with clouds and breeze, you may want to keep a light pullover handy, just in case.

THE EXPLANATION:

The cool, quiet spell will not last long as the high will quickly depart east on Thursday. With surface high pressure parked over the Southeast, onshore winds will return mild air from the Gulf of Mexico. The next upper level trough will move out of the Mountain West and into the Midwest on Saturday evening. Once again, the bulk of action with this event will stay north of the local area. A weak front will slip southeastward through the weekend helping an uptick of cloud cover. However, with mid-level relative humidity in the 70-80 percent range and weak vertical motions, some breaks in the clouds are expected. There may be a passing shower or two late Saturday into Sunday as the front stalls in the region. Any showers should be light and isolated. With southeast winds in the 5mph range and moisture pooling ahead of the front will likely lead to some fog each morning this weekend. As the front clears the area on Monday, there may be a short break from any rain chances.

By Tuesday, that front is expected to retreat north and stall over the coast for a few days. With a deep trough parked in the western U.S. and continued southwest flow aloft, this could lead to a period of elevated rain chances during the middle of next week. Forecast model guidance suggests atmospheric moisture will be near record levels on Tuesday and Wednesday. With sufficient forcing from either a front or upper level disturbances, some heavy amounts could occur. At this time, it appears that the greatest threat for problematic rainfall will stay just northeast of the local area. Stay tuned.

--Dr. Josh

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A+ afternoon for February, looking ahead to Alex Box opener http://www.wbrz.com/news/a-afternoon-for-february-looking-ahead-to-alex-box-opener/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/a-afternoon-for-february-looking-ahead-to-alex-box-opener/ Weather Wed, 13 Feb 2019 6:11:28 AM Chief Meteorologist, Dr. Josh Eachus A+ afternoon for February, looking ahead to Alex Box opener

A beautiful, blue sky on Wednesday will be followed by increasingly gray skies and milder temperatures into the end of the week and weekend.

THE FORECAST:

Today and Tonight: After a chilly beginning, Wednesday should end up quite nice with a lot of sunshine and highs in the mid 60s. Overnight, winds will turn around to the east resulting in a slightly warmer low temperature in the low 40s. A touch of fog is possible near bodies of water.

Up Next: Thursday will be transitional as southeast winds and a return of moisture to the atmosphere result in some clouds and a return to above average temperatures. A weak frontal system could create a shower on Friday night or Saturday but any activity should be sparse. Mostly cloudy skies, high temperatures in the 70s and low temperatures in the 50s are anticipated. It appears as through the chance for showers will increase with the following weather system Sunday and then again on Tuesday, however confidence remains low in this part of the forecast.  

LSU Baseball: The season opener at Alex Box Stadium looks pretty good—especially for February. A weak front stalling in our region could potentially drop a shower or two and the best chance of this would come on Sunday. However, the LSU Tarp Crew should not be any busier than usual. The weekend afternoon games will likely have temperatures in the 70s, but with clouds and breeze, you may want to keep a light pullover handy, just in case.

THE EXPLANATION:

With a surface high on top of Louisiana, a good deal of sun is anticipated for Wednesday. Some high clouds passing through the area may result in slightly warmer low temperatures overnight.

The cool, quiet spell will not last long as the high will quickly depart east on Thursday. Southeasterly winds will translate to onshore flow and a return of mild air from the Gulf of Mexico. The next upper level trough will move out of the Mountain West and into the Midwest on Thursday evening. Once again, the bulk of action with this event will stay north of the local area. However, an associated cold front may result in a passing shower or two Friday night into Saturday. The front is then expected to stall in the region. The forecast beyond this, while low impact, is complex and challenging. Overall, a large scale trough is expected to dig into the western and Central United States. Deep southwesterly flow will provide the moisture needed to maintain a lot of cloud cover. Eventually, a shortwave trough axis spinning through the longwave trough may cause the stalled front to kick south Sunday or Monday. However, forecast model guidance is in poor agreement on whether or not this system produces considerable rain. While most of the time should be dry, those with outdoor plans should be aware that at least for now, a few passing showers seem plausible—especially Sunday. If the front does clear the area on Monday, there may be a short break from any rain chances. By Tuesday, that front is expected to retreat north and stall over the coast for a few days. With continued southwest flow aloft, this could lead to a period of elevated rain chances during the middle of next week.

--Dr. Josh

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Showers through midday, chilly night ahead http://www.wbrz.com/news/showers-through-midday-chilly-night-ahead/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/showers-through-midday-chilly-night-ahead/ Weather Tue, 12 Feb 2019 6:13:11 AM Chief Meteorologist, Dr. Josh Eachus Showers through midday, chilly night ahead

A cold front will bring some nice changes for the middle of the week. However, those will not last long.

THE FORECAST:

Today and Tonight: Morning rain and thunderstorms will continue through about 11am. The early commute could certainly be hampered by some of this action. It previously looked as though clouds would quickly clear the area, but it now appears they may linger up until about dusk. High temperatures will stop in the mid 60s behind the cold front, possibly even falling a few degrees by late afternoon. Overnight lows will take considerable dip into the upper 30s with north winds of 5-10mph and clearing skies.

Up Next: After a chilly beginning, Wednesday should end up quite nice with a lot of sunshine and highs in the mid to upper 60s. Just like that, the chill will subside as southerly winds return milder air and clouds to end the week. Another cold front may bring some showers Thursday and Friday though nothing widespread is currently foreseen. The weekend forecast is tricky. While it looks mostly dry, a few fast moving fronts mean the possibility of a shower cannot be eliminated.  

THE EXPLANATION:

A shortwave trough and attendant cold front will swing through the Gulf Coast on Tuesday morning. A healthy soak may come with a half inch to an inch of rain falling before ending by midday. Behind this system, skies will clear from west to east around dusk. A surface high will build into the region allowing clear skies and northwest winds. Overnight, these conditions will result in low temperatures bottoming out in the 30s. With the surface on top of Louisiana, a good deal of sun is anticipated for Wednesday. The cool, quiet spell will not last long as the next upper level trough will move out of the Mountain West and into the Midwest on Thursday. Once again, the bulk of action with this event will stay north of the local area. However, briefly milder air, increased cloud cover and isolated showers are in store for the Thursday to Friday time period. The forecast beyond this, while low impact, is complex and challenging. The Weather Prediction Center depicts a series of fast-moving fronts moving through the region, but forecast model guidance is in poor agreement on whether or not these systems result in rain. While most of the time should be dry, those with outdoor plans should be aware that at least for now, a few passing showers seem plausible.

--Dr. Josh

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Next cold front brings rain, storms Tuesday morning http://www.wbrz.com/news/next-cold-front-brings-rain-storms-tuesday-morning/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/next-cold-front-brings-rain-storms-tuesday-morning/ Weather Mon, 11 Feb 2019 6:09:44 AM Chief Meteorologist, Dr. Josh Eachus Next cold front brings rain, storms Tuesday morning

Some more quick changes will come to the local weather early this week. Several days will feature rain chances.

THE FORECAST:

Today and Tonight: After morning fog, mainly cloudy skies and spotty showers will be carried in the forecast through Monday. Some brief breaks of sun are possible and this will help those highs climb into the mid 70s. Overnight readings will be in the low 60s as a cold front rolls into the region. Expect rain and few thunderstorms to break out after midnight. At this time, the threat for severe weather is rather though, but some gusty wind and downpours are possible.

Up Next: Morning rain and thunderstorms will continue through about 10am. The early commute could certainly be hampered by some of this action. Fortunately, clouds will clear quickly leading to mostly sunny skies by the afternoon. Behind the front, cooler temperatures will be moving in from the northwest, only allowing highs to reach into the mid 60s Tuesday and Wednesday. Wednesday morning will be a chilly one, with lows dropping into the upper 30s. Showers will return on Thursday and linger into Friday.

THE EXPLANATION:

A shortwave trough and associated surface storm system will move across the Midwest Monday afternoon. The attendant cold front will swing through the Gulf Coast on Tuesday morning. Ahead of this weather maker, onshore flow and deep moisture have returned to the area. In this, spotty showers have developed as well as locally dense fog. Expect both to ease as solar insolation kicks into gear and a few breaks of sunshine will be possible this afternoon as highs head for the mid 70s. More widespread action will come after midnight with the cold front. Ingredients just do not look favorable for much in the way of severe weather and the Storm Prediction Center has dropped all of the local area form any outlook. Some shear could result in a strong storm with gusty wind but this is a limited chance. A healthy soak may come too with a half inch to an inch falling before rain ends during the mid-morning hours. Behind this system, skies will clear from west to east as a surface high builds into the region. Clear skies and northwest winds overnight will result in low temperatures bottoming out in the 30s on Wednesday morning. With the surface on top of Louisiana, a good deal of sun is anticipated for Wednesday. The cool, quiet spell will not last long as the next upper level trough will move out of the Mountain West and into the Midwest on Thursday. Once again, the bulk of action with this event will stay north of the local area. However, briefly milder air, increased cloud cover and some showers are in store for the Thursday to Friday time period. The next weekend is looking dry with slightly cooler than average temperatures.

--Dr. Josh

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Atmosphere primed for early workweek rain http://www.wbrz.com/news/atmosphere-primed-for-early-workweek-rain/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/atmosphere-primed-for-early-workweek-rain/ Weather Sun, 10 Feb 2019 6:30:22 PM Meteorologist Matt Callihan Atmosphere primed for early workweek rain

Tonight and Tomorrow: A cloudy and muggy night ahead, as areas of drizzle become possible through the overnight hours. Temperatures only dropping near 61° into Monday morning, with light winds shifting from the south. Patchy fog will begin to develop after midnight, and will finally burn off around 9 AM Monday. Temperatures will be warming quickly through the morning, breaking into the low 70s by 11 AM. Highs will be reaching around 76° during the afternoon, as shower chances slowly increasing into the evening. Heavier rainfall and the potential for storm activity will move in from the west late Monday night.

 

Up Next:  A robust system will be passing overnight Monday into Tuesday morning, with strong storms possible. Conditions improving through Tuesday and Wednesday, but showers will return Thursday and Friday. Temperatures will stay above average through the workweek, hovering between the mid-60s to the low 70s.

 

THE EXPLANATION:

A strong cold front will be approaching over the next 24 hours from the west, with pre-frontal showers initializing through the day on Monday. Rainfall amounts will be increasing overnight into Tuesday morning, with the potential for strong storms until 9 AM Tuesday. Lingering showers will still be possible until noon, but should be tapering off rather quickly as the line of moisture departs to our east. High pressure will be sitting in through the afternoon, breaking up clouds and allowing for cooler temperatures into Tuesday night. Lows are forecast to drop into the upper 30s into Wednesday morning, with dry conditions briefly staying through the day. Another cold front will bring showers back into the picture through the afternoon on Thursday, but the bulk of the system will stay well to our north. Isolated showers with minimal accumulations will occur with this event, as drier conditions return in time for the weekend.

--Meteorologist Matt Callihan

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Warming Continues into Sunday http://www.wbrz.com/news/warming-continues-into-sunday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/warming-continues-into-sunday/ Weather Sat, 9 Feb 2019 6:55:14 PM Meteorologist Matt Callihan Warming Continues into Sunday

THE FORECAST: 

Tonight and Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy skies set to continue though the evening and into Sunday, helping to keep temperatures slowly cooling near 47° overnight. Winds will stay light and will slowly shift easterly to southeasterly as we head into Sunday morning. The addition of a more southerly wind component will allow for warmer temperatures on Sunday, as highs hover around 69° through the early afternoon hours. A very weak warm front will move onshore from the Gulf, keeping clouds overhead and allowing for some pockets of drizzle through the afternoon and evening hours. The best chance of experiencing a passing spritz will be along the coast and south of the I-10 corridor.

 

Up Next:  Showers poised to increase through the early part of the workweek, peaking overnight Monday into Tuesday. Some strong thunderstorms are possible early Tuesday, but clouds will break through the late morning and early afternoon. A brief dry spell will occur on Wednesday before showers return Thursday and Friday.

 

THE EXPLANATION:

High pressure moving along the Eastern Seaboard and a weak low pressure system off the southern coast of Texas will be keeping clouds in the forecast and set to increase atmospheric moisture Sunday and into Monday. This will also result in warming temperatures, as highs break into the upper 60s Sunday and mid-70s on Monday. These conditions will also work in tandem with an approaching frontal system that will begin to increase rain chances through the day on Monday. The front will be passing through South Louisiana and Southwest Mississippi overnight Monday into Tuesday, providing heavy rain and strong storms mainly early Tuesday morning. Luckily, this system is passing overnight, which will keep the storms from gaining severe status, due to the lack of instability and directional shear. Clouds will be breaking quickly through the day on Tuesday, as temperatures cool into the low 40s Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. High pressure briefly moves in on Wednesday, keeping us sunny and dry. These conditions will not last long, as another, more ragged system brings rain back through our area Thursday and Friday. High temperatures will again bob up into the low 70s on Thursday, before dropping to near 60° on Saturday.

--Meteorologist Matt Callihan

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Impressive temperature drop to end the week http://www.wbrz.com/news/impressive-temperature-drop-to-end-the-week/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/impressive-temperature-drop-to-end-the-week/ Weather Fri, 8 Feb 2019 6:17:46 AM Chief Meteorologist, Dr. Josh Eachus Impressive temperature drop to end the week

The end of the week and early part of the weekend will be much cooler. Though rain chances are out, clouds will be persistent.

THE FORECAST:

Today and Tonight: With stiff northwesterly winds, warming will be tough to come by on Friday. Behind a front, clouds will linger with temperatures not doing much better than the low 50s. Some spotty sprinkles may pop up but nothing substantial is expected. Overnight, the north breeze will continue and send thermometers into the low 40s. If not for a continued cloud deck, the mid 30s would be possible.  

Up Next: Below average temperatures will continue through Saturday. Lingering mid level moisture will cause some clouds to stick around. Some times of sun are possible but should be fewer and farther between. The cool stretch will be short, ending by Sunday.  A warm front will lift through Sunday night and put showers back into play for Monday. Then a cold front will move into the forecast area and introduce more rain and thunderstorms on Tuesday.  

THE EXPLANATION:

A trough moving across the northern two thirds has allowed a cold front to push into the Gulf of Mexico.  Highs and lows will tumble by a good 25 to 30 degrees for Friday and Saturday. The cold front is expected to stall in the central Gulf and retreat north as warm front by the second half of the weekend.

Continued southwesterly flow aloft will keep a mid to high level cloud deck in place through much of the weekend. Certainly, some times of sun are possible but do expect clouds to be the dominant feature. Milder air and showers will return late Sunday into Monday as a warm front encroaches on the Gulf Coast. The next trough will track a bit farther south and potentially taking on a negative tilt owing to at least the possibility of some thunderstorms with the next cold front on Tuesday. It is still unclear as to whether or not severe weather could be an issue and if this front will make a clean passage or not. Forecast models have been performing poorly with temperatures beyond the 5-day time frame, so averages were used in the forecast for now.        

--Dr. Josh

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After record highs, cold front arrives Thursday evening http://www.wbrz.com/news/after-record-highs-cold-front-arrives-thursday-evening/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/after-record-highs-cold-front-arrives-thursday-evening/ Weather Thu, 7 Feb 2019 5:48:08 AM Chief Meteorologist, Dr. Josh Eachus After record highs, cold front arrives Thursday evening

A cold front will roll into the region later Thursday with a few showers. The end of the week and early part of the weekend will be much cooler. A record high temperatures was set at Metro Airport in Baton Rouge on Wednesday. 82 degrees eclipsed the previous mark of 81 degrees set in 1957. Thursday's record of 82 degrees was made in 2017.

THE FORECAST:

Today and Tonight: Thursday's high temperatures will reach the upper 70s and low 80s beneath mostly cloudy skies. A cold front will push into the area during the afternoon and evening with a bout of rain and possibly an embedded thunderstorm. Most locations should receive rain, but it will be short-lived and light. The estimated timeline is 4pm -10pm from northwest to southeast across the WBRZ Weather forecast area. Activity is anticipated in the Baton Rouge area around 6pm. This front will result in quickly falling temperatures overnight as winds shift northerly. By morning, most of the showers should be wrapped up with thermometers in the low 50s and upper 40s.

Up Next: Below average temperatures will be restored through Saturday. However, the cold front will not flush away all low level moisture and some clouds will stick around. It looks as though this cool stretch will be short, possibly only lasting a day or two before mild air returns.  A warm front will lift through Sunday night and put showers back into play for Monday and Tuesday.

THE EXPLANATION:

After any fog and low clouds dissipate, expect temps to climb back into the upper 70s to lower 80s. This will bring a chance for a second straight high. The previous mark of 82 was set just last two years ago. A broad trough will move across the country Thursday and Friday, sending a cold front through the local area. The basin of the trough will remain well north of the region along with the prime ingredients for severe weather. A band of rain and embedded thunderstorms will move through Thursday afternoon and evening, likely ending by midnight. Expect rapidly falling temperatures behind this activity. Highs and lows will tumble by a good 20 degrees for Friday and Saturday. The cold front is expected to stall in the central Gulf and retreat north as warm front by the second half of the weekend. This will return milder air, clouds and showers for Sunday into Monday.     

--Dr. Josh

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Some sun may allow a run for record highs http://www.wbrz.com/news/some-sun-may-allow-a-run-for-record-highs/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/some-sun-may-allow-a-run-for-record-highs/ Weather Wed, 6 Feb 2019 5:55:26 AM Chief Meteorologist, Dr. Josh Eachus Some sun may allow a run for record highs

The next two afternoons will be primarily rain free but bring continued cloud cover and unseasonably warm temperatures. Your next change up will come Thursday night into Friday.

THE FORECAST:

Today and Tonight: While the low cloud deck will persist early, some breaks of sun are anticipated by afternoon. Depending on how much sun is gathered, thermometers have a good chance at breaking 80 degrees in many locations. The record high for the date is 81 degrees, set back in 1957. Southeast winds will continue overnight so expect low temperatures to stay in the upper 60s with clouds and fog.

Up Next: At least for the daylight hours, Thursday may duplicate Wednesday’s weather. The next cold front will push into the area Thursday evening with a bout of rain and possibly some thunderstorms.

This front will result in quickly falling temperatures into Friday, restoring at or below average temperatures. The front will not flush away all low level moisture and some clouds will stick around. It looks as though this cool stretch will be short, possibly only lasting a day or two before mild air returns.  

THE EXPLANATION:

Moisture continues to increase across southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi as dew points have made it into the mid to upper 60s. These numbers are above water temperatures in the northern Gulf of Mexico and with continued southeast winds, widespread advection fog has become dense near the coast. A slight upper level ridge will build across the area on Wednesday, which should be enough to temporarily take rain chances off of the board. Additionally, warming in the vertical profile will translate to the surface. Especially where some sunshine breaks out on Wednesday, the first 80 degree reading of 2019 is on the table. A broad trough will move across the country Thursday and Friday, sending a cold front through the local area. The basin of the trough will remain well north of the region along with the prime ingredients for severe weather. A band of rain and embedded thunderstorms will move through Thursday evening and end Friday morning with temperatures rapidly falling behind this activity. Highs and lows will tumble by a good 20 degrees for Friday and Saturday. The cold front is expected to stall in the central Gulf and retreat north as warm front by the second half of the weekend. This will return milder air, clouds and showers for Sunday into Monday.     

--Dr. Josh

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Unseasonably warm, moist air mass through Thursday http://www.wbrz.com/news/unseasonably-warm-moist-air-mass-through-thursday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/unseasonably-warm-moist-air-mass-through-thursday/ Weather Tue, 5 Feb 2019 5:55:53 AM Chief Meteorologist, Dr. Josh Eachus Unseasonably warm, moist air mass through Thursday

Isolated to scattered showers, fog and warmer temperatures will carry through late week. The next cold front will restore more seasonable temperatures by Friday.

THE FORECAST:

Today and Tonight: Continued fog and cloud cover is expected on Tuesday. There will be a few showers and rumbles of thunder—especially early—but nothing extensive is expected. High temperatures will top out in the mid 70s followed by another night of fog and lows in the mid 60s.  

Up Next: Highs will climb into the upper 70s and possibly even eclipse 80 degrees both Wednesday and Thursday. A break from any significant rain chances is expected as well. The next cold front will push into the area Thursday night with a bout of rain and possibly some thunderstorms.

This front will result in quickly falling temperatures into Friday, restoring at or below average temperatures. It looks as though this cool stretch will be short, possibly only lasting a day or two before mild air returns.  

THE EXPLANATION:

Moisture continues to increase across southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi as dew points have made it into the mid to upper 60s. These numbers are above water temperatures in the northern Gulf of Mexico and with continued southeast winds, widespread advection fog has become dense.

Unless a heavier shower occurs, the fog will persist well into the morning. With regard to showers, a weak, subtle disturbance sliding by in the upper levels of the atmosphere has allowed scattered but light activity to develop. Most of the showers will wrap up by mid afternoon as the disturbance departs east. 50 percent coverage is anticipated. A clap of thunder is possible near the coast. A slight upper level ridge will build across the area on Wednesday, which should be enough to temporarily take rain chances off of the board. Additionally, warming in the vertical profile will translate to the surface. Especially where some sunshine breaks out on Wednesday, the first 80 degree reading of 2019 is on the table. A broad trough will move across the country Thursday and Friday, sending a cold front through the local area. The basin of the trough will remain well north of the region along with the prime ingredients for severe weather. A band of rain and embedded thunderstorms will move through Thursday night and Friday morning with temperatures rapidly falling behind this activity. Highs and lows will tumble by a good 20 degrees for Friday and Saturday. The cold front is expected to stall in the central Gulf and retreat north as warm front by the second half of the weekend. This will return milder air, clouds and showers for Sunday into Monday.      

--Dr. Josh

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Taking on fog, showers for warmer temps http://www.wbrz.com/news/taking-on-fog-showers-for-warmer-temps/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/taking-on-fog-showers-for-warmer-temps/ Weather Mon, 4 Feb 2019 6:18:06 AM Chief Meteorologist, Dr. Josh Eachus Taking on fog, showers for warmer temps

The big story will be the gradual warming of temperatures over the next three to four days. The tradeoff is that the warmth will come with more clouds, better rain chances and some fog.

THE FORECAST:

Today and Tonight: Skies will be filled with clouds for much of the day as moisture increases to form an isolated showers and possibly even an afternoon thunderstorm. Rain coverage will be on the order of 40 percent with high temperature striding for the low 70s. Overnight will be cloudy and foggy with lows in the mid 60s.

Up Next: Highs will start out the work week in the mid to low 70s and increase to the upper 70s and possibly even eclipse 80 degrees by both Wednesday and Thursday. Isolated to scattered showers and even a few thunderstorms will remain in the forecast for Tuesday. Moisture will be abundant across the southeast and coupled with a bit of instability and lift, the showers could be numerous at times. Rainfall totals will not be impressive though, and it appears only a half inch or so will fall through Thursday. A cold front will push through on Thursday night briefly restoring at or below average temperatures.

THE EXPLANATION:

Temperatures and dew points continue to increase across the forecast area thanks to persistent onshore flow. Saturation and moisture transport has led to advection fog and this will continue to be an issue through midweek. The moisture has also allowed a few shallow showers to develop due to a weak impulse in the upper levels of the atmosphere. As these very subtle features roll overhead, there will be times where showers develop through Tuesday but nothing substantial is expected. An upper level ridge will move overhead and squelch rain development on Wednesday. A few peeks of sunshine may even portend a run at 80 degrees for the first time in 2019. Beyond that, a broad trough moving across the northern two thirds of the United States will send a cold front into the region Thursday night into Friday. This will bring more widespread showers and a shot of some cooler air. Expect highs and lows to drop about 20 degrees by Friday and Saturday.

--Dr. Josh

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Warming trend underway, clouds here to stay http://www.wbrz.com/news/warming-trend-underway-clouds-here-to-stay/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/warming-trend-underway-clouds-here-to-stay/ Weather Fri, 1 Feb 2019 5:57:23 AM Chief Meteorologist, Dr. Josh Eachus Warming trend underway, clouds here to stay

A pattern switch is underway. Southeasterly winds will result in warmer than average temperatures through the middle of next week. Additionally, added moisture in the atmosphere will bring plenty of clouds and occasional showers.

THE FORECAST:

Today and Tonight: High temperatures will check in noticeably above average on Friday in topping out near 66 degrees. Skies will be mostly cloudy and a spotty shower is possible—especially near the coast. Overnight lows will bottom out near 51 degrees as clouds stick around.

Up Next: An upper level disturbance will lead to isolated showers across the area for part of the weekend. This possibility has continued to look lower and lower over the last few days, so certainly do not expect a washout. Only a few spots will gather some light rain, many will miss. This storm system will not be accompanied by more cold air and temperatures will stay above average into early next week. In fact, 70s appear plausible several days. If sunshine can overcome clouds, one or two spots could have a run at 80 degrees! Though not high, daily rain chances will stay on the board until the next front clears the area around Thursday or Friday.  

THE EXPLANATION:

A surface high pressure will shift into the eastern U.S. resulting in southeast winds and moderating temperatures. In the upper levels of the atmosphere, a west to east jet stream will result in fairly active, but low impact weather. A series of fast moving disturbances, or shortwave troughs, will result in showers from time to time. The most well defined, albeit weak disturbance is expected to cross the area during the middle of the weekend. Positive vorticity advection ahead of this wave will tap into modest mid-level moisture to produce isolated showers. Model guidance points to Saturday night and Sunday morning as the most likely window for some rain, but coverage will remain rather low with many locations missing altogether. Additional, more poorly defined disturbances will be difficult to time until about a day ahead in advance. However, do expect plenty of cloud cover and isolated to scattered showers to remain in the forecast Monday through Wednesday. One week rain totals are nominal; the Weather Prediction Center points to under an inch over the whole stretch.

Even though sunshine may be difficult find, onshore flow will cause temperatures to continue warming. Highs and lows will be about 15 degrees above average through the middle of next week, with highs well into the 70s. The next cold front is expected to bring some rain, thunderstorms and cooler temperatures by the end of next week.

--Dr. Josh

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Turning the temperature corner http://www.wbrz.com/news/turning-the-temperature-corner/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/turning-the-temperature-corner/ Weather Thu, 31 Jan 2019 5:59:36 AM Chief Meteorologist, Dr. Josh Eachus Turning the temperature corner

Southerly winds will result in temperatures climbing above average temperatures and returning rain chances through the weekend. 70s are even possible by early next week.

THE FORECAST:

Today and Tonight: A bit more sunshine is anticipated for Thursday although some clouds will remain in play. As light, southeasterly winds begin, high temperatures will climb close to average in the low 60s. Overnight lows will be back above average in the upper 40s beneath mostly cloudy skies. Patchy fog is possible as well.

Up Next: Highs will be above average by Friday. Unfortunately, clouds will also continue increasing. An upper level disturbance will lead to showers across the area for part of the weekend. This storm system will not be accompanied by more cold air and temperatures will stay above average into early next week. In fact, 70s appear plausible through much of next week as a warmer pattern takes hold. Though not high, daily rain chances will stay on the board until the next front arrives later next week.  

THE EXPLANATION:

The deep, polar trough currently centered over the Great Lakes region will gradually shift northeast by Friday. This will set up westerly flow in the upper levels across the local area. Meanwhile, as a surface high pressure shifts eastward, temperatures will moderate. Near normal readings are expected by Friday. At least through the first half of next week, no cold fronts are expected to pass through, but there will be a day to day chance of precipitation. The east/west, or zonal, upper level flow will allow several weak disturbances to ride through the region through the weekend.

These disturbances will keep a good bit of mid and high cloud cover over the area for the next several days. There may be a few patches of light rain. These disturbances are difficult to time so any rain chances will be best defined about a day ahead in advance. Even though sunshine may be difficult find, onshore flow will cause temperatures to gradually moderate into early next week. Temperatures will actually go well above normal, especially Sunday through Tuesday, when readings will almost certainly average 10-15 degrees above average, with highs well into the 70s.

--Dr. Josh

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Chill in the Baton Rouge area, but it could be much worse http://www.wbrz.com/news/chill-in-the-baton-rouge-area-but-it-could-be-much-worse/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/chill-in-the-baton-rouge-area-but-it-could-be-much-worse/ Weather Wed, 30 Jan 2019 6:20:30 AM Chief Meteorologist, Dr. Josh Eachus Chill in the Baton Rouge area, but it could be much worse

After one last chilly day, a pattern switch will begin. Southerly winds will result in above average temperatures a returning rain chances through the weekend. A disturbance moving across the southern U.S. is producing ample cloud cover which prevented a hard freeze on Wednesday morning. Our weather team noted this possibility, in yesterday’s forecasts and blog.

THE FORECAST:

Today and Tonight: Some filtered sun will help thermometers back to about 50 degrees on Wednesday, followed by one more colder than average night. Lows will stop a few degrees above freezing beneath partly cloudy skies. The winds will be almost calm meaning wind chill will no longer be an issue.  

Up Next: More significant thermal moderation is anticipated for the end of the week. Highs will be above average by Friday. Unfortunately, clouds will also be increasing. An upper level disturbance will lead to showers across the area—most likely on Saturday. This storm system will not be accompanied by more cold air and temperatures will stay above average into early next week. In fact, 70s appear plausible through much of next week as a warmer pattern takes hold.

THE EXPLANATION:

The deep, polar trough currently centered over the Great Lakes region will gradually shift northeast by Friday. This will set up westerly flow in the upper levels across the local area. Meanwhile, as a surface high pressure moves over the area Wednesday afternoon and then shifts eastward, temperatures will moderate through the week. Near normal readings are expected by Friday. At least through the first half of the week, no cold fronts are expected to pass through, but there will be a day to day chance of precipitation. The east/west, or zonal, upper level flow will allow several weak disturbances to ride through the region through the weekend. These disturbances will keep a good bit of mid and high cloud cover over the area for the next several days. There may be a few patches of light rain. These disturbances are difficult to time so any rain chances will be best defined about a day ahead in advance.

Even though sunshine may be difficult find, onshore flow will cause temperatures to gradually moderate into early next week. Temperatures will actually go well above normal, especially Sunday through Tuesday, when readings will almost certainly average 10-15 degrees above average, with highs well into the 70s.

--Dr. Josh

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Winds chills in the 20s, 30s through Tuesday night http://www.wbrz.com/news/winds-chills-in-the-20s-30s-through-tuesday-night/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/winds-chills-in-the-20s-30s-through-tuesday-night/ Weather Tue, 29 Jan 2019 6:28:15 AM Chief Meteorologist, Dr. Josh Eachus Winds chills in the 20s, 30s through Tuesday night

Some light snow occurred in southwest Mississippi and neighboring parts of Louisiana for 45 to 60 minutes on Tuesday morning. Some viewer photos indicate only a coating of snow in some of those locations. Stiff, north winds will result in feels-like temperatures or wind chills in the 20s and 30s through the day, so dress accordingly.  

THE FORECAST:

Today and Tonight: Through Tuesday afternoon sun will allow high temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s. This, in addition to northwest winds of 10-15mph will be very important in drying out any leftover moisture on the ground and preventing icy spots as lows plummet into the mid and upper 20s by Wednesday morning. A pocket of clouds advancing through the area may actually prevent a hard freeze in most neighborhoods. However, since this is the coldest air mass so far this winter, it would be advisable to wrap exposed outdoor pipes, faucets and hoses north of I-12.


Do those low wind chill values give more reason to worry about pipe popping? Meteorologist Matt Callihan takes a look, HERE.


Up Next: Sun will help thermometers back to about 50 degrees on Wednesday, with more significant thermal moderation anticipated for the end of the week. Highs will be above average by Friday. Unfortunately, clouds will also be increasing. An upper level disturbance will lead to showers across the area—most likely on Saturday. This storm system will not be accompanied by more cold air and temperatures will stay above average into early next week.

THE EXPLANATION:

A strong cold front has pushed through the WBRZ Weather forecast area. Dry air will cut off precipitation from northwest to southeast shortly after dawn on Tuesday. The thermal trough will scoot east just as quick allowing some sunshine to return. This will work against the northwest winds of 10-15mph to actually allow just a bit of warming back into the 40s on Tuesday afternoon. These two factors are very important in that sufficient drying of lingering moisture is expected so that no icy surfaces are expected as the heart of the cold air mass envelops the area Tuesday night. The winds however, will create unusually low wind chills for this region and much of the day will feel like it is in the 20s or 30s. The coldest temperatures so far this season are expected and a hard freeze is possible north of I-12 with lows possibly dipping to 25 degrees for a few hours.

However, this potential is diminishing due to a weak upper level disturbance spreading some cloud cover across the forecast area. Any clouds act as an insulator that tends to hold temperatures up a few degrees. As a surface high pressure moves over the area Wednesday afternoon and then shifts eastward, temperatures will moderate through the week. Near normal readings are expected by Friday. The upper level flow will become more east/west, or zonal, over the weekend leading to several weak disturbances riding through the region. These disturbances will be difficult to time until they get closer but each will come with an uptick in cloud cover and nominal rain chances. Continued temperature moderation with no major dips in the jet stream will bring highs into the 70s for several days next week.

--Dr. Josh

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