WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Weather Weather en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:09:18 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Williwhat? http://www.wbrz.com/news/williwhat-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/williwhat-/ Weather Tue, 30 Sep 2014 8:08:30 AM Meteorologist Robert Gauthreaux III Williwhat?

If you happened to catch Who Wants to be a Millionaire last night, you may have noticed another weather word that you've never heard before. The word was "williwaw." Unlike "polar vortex," which is a term pulled from a meteorological glossary and warped by the media, this is a term used often in places like Alaska and other coastal mountainous areas of high latitudes.


A williwaw is a cold, brisk blast of violent wind that rushes from the sides of coastal mountains, down toward the sea. Alaska has many coastal mountains and williwaws can be problematic for mariners. Cold air sinks because it is heavier and denser than warm air. At times, the sea can be much warmer than the land, especially at night. When this cold air sinks toward the sea, it is accelerated by gravity and can result in some strong winds. It's pretty interesting stuff. I don't watch the show, but apparently the williwaw was also feature on an episode of Deadliest Catch.


Why should you care? Well, if you ever end up on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, patronize local trivia nights here in Baton Rouge, want to impress your friends, or for some reason hear me give a forecast for Alaska, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. If you ever end up on Deadliest Catch, well, good luck.

 

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A "summery" fall day http://www.wbrz.com/news/a-summery-fall-day/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/a-summery-fall-day/ Weather Tue, 30 Sep 2014 3:55:58 AM Meteorologist Robert Gauthreaux III A

We'll start off sunny this morning, acquiring a few clouds by the afternoon. It will be a little muggy and warm, with a high temperatures of 88 degrees today. We should all stay out of the 90s, but it will certainly feel like the lower 90s. There's only about a 20% chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms today, so most of us should stay dry, but a brief thunderstorm is definitely possible.

Wednesday will be similar, but a little warmer, and we're looking at a better chance of thunderstorm coverage as we begin to see a little more moisture move in ahead of the upper level low that will bring us the cold front in a few days. Rain chances will steadily increase until that front comes through. This front will be a better taste of fall than the last front we felt, so this may be the one! Make plans for the weekend now! We're not expecting any severe weather with this front. Most of that will likely remain well toward the north.

This weekend, we're looking at highs in the lower 80s, and lows potentially in the middle 50's. In conclusion, we have a few warm, humid, and potentially stormy days to move through, then we will reap the benefits.

 

On Facebook: Meteorologist Robert Gauthreaux III

On Twitter: @RG3wbrz

 

~RG3

 


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Gloomy, with a few showers http://www.wbrz.com/news/gloomy-with-a-few-showers/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/gloomy-with-a-few-showers/ Weather Mon, 29 Sep 2014 4:18:28 AM Meteorologist Robert Gauthreaux III Gloomy, with a few showers

A stubborn stationary front along the coast is spinning up a few showers this morning, and keeping us mostly cloudy. I'm keeping only about a 20% chance of shower coverage throughout the day. Bring an umbrella with you just in case, but we won't see a washout today. We will eventually see a little clearing in the late evening and overnight. Temperatures will reach the mid 80s and then cool back down only to lower 70s. 

Expect a little more sunshine tomorrow and for the rest of the week. We'll keep low rain chances throughout the week as well, then by Friday, a cold front will bring us some more pleasant conditions.

We're back to feeling muggy and we will likely feel muggy for most of the week, until Friday. That's when we expect a cold front to bring us some thunderstorms, then dropping our temperatures and humidity for another a taste of Fall! Get ready for it!

 

On Facebook: Meteorologist Robert Gauthreaux III

On Twitter: @RG3wbrz

 

~RG3

 


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Rain gone today, here tomorrow http://www.wbrz.com/news/rain-gone-today-here-tomorrow/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/rain-gone-today-here-tomorrow/ Weather Fri, 26 Sep 2014 3:57:02 AM Meteorologist Robert Gauthreaux III Rain gone today, here tomorrow

You can expect another rain-free day today, with perhaps a few more clouds and some more humidity. Temperatures will stay out of the 90s, reaching only about 87 degrees; still plenty warm enough to sweat a little.

Moving into the weekend, an upper-level trough stretching from the Midwest down toward Texas will help pull up excess moisture from the western gulf. This will bring us showers and thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday. We should still keep some peeks of sunshine on Saturday, but you may need to be prepared for a few showers. Sunday is looking more wet and cloudy, but at the moment, most of the models are taking a majority of the heavy rain toward the eastm near Mississippi and Alabama. The best chance of rain however, does remain on Sunday. The humidity will be back and it will seem like Fall never happened. Temperatures should stay out of the 90s this weekend, but only cool to the upper 60s.

A few showers linger into Monday, then an area of high pressure builds in and this should keep rain chances at a minimum for midweek.

Tropics: We are watching the same area, still about 1100 miles east of of the Windward Islands. It hasn't moved much at all, but the convection does look a little better. That being said, this area has only a 10% chance of development within the next 2 days.

On Facebook: Meteorologist Robert Gauthreaux III

On Twitter: @RG3wbrz

 

~RG3

 


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UPDATE: Weekend forecast possibilities http://www.wbrz.com/news/update-weekend-forecast-possibilities/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/update-weekend-forecast-possibilities/ Weather Thu, 25 Sep 2014 7:37:57 PM Meteorologist Josh Eachus UPDATE: Weekend forecast possibilities

With newer information coming in, weekend forecast details have become clearer but unfortunately, a few minor timing issues still exist.

A weak disturbance developing in the Gulf of Mexico will navigate northward towards the coast by Sunday. At this time, the two key computer forecast models offer slightly different scenarios. These subtle differences in the speed of a low pressure system leave questions as to exactly when showers may begin.

1.The American Model (GFS) brings a weak low pressure system to the Mississippi/Alabama coast by Sunday Morning. Aside from coastal locations, the GFS keeps our area dry until Saturday Night and keeps steadier rain to the east on Sunday.

2.The European Model (ECMWF) brings a modest low pressure system to the Southeast Louisiana Coast by Saturday Night. This solution starts up scattered showers and thunderstorms as early as Late Saturday Afternoon and maintains steadier and more appreciable rain chances on Sunday.

Based on the current atmospheric setup and the latest trends...

HERE IS OUR FORECAST: Saturday will begin dry and pleasant with temperatures in the upper 60s. While there may be some sunshine early, look for clouds to thicken through the day. Overcast skies could actually make for more comfortable tailgating weather, holding thermometers in the lower to middle 80s. By late afternoon, showers will begin developing along the Louisiana Coast. The rain is expected to keep south of I-10 until evening. After dusk, spotty showers may begin to pop-up around the Baton Rouge area. This means that IF there is a shower during the Saturday's LSU events, it would likely occur during the game itself. The overnight hours will maintain the possibility for scattered showers.

Expect mostly cloudy skies on Sunday with some periods of rain and thunder-especially in Parishes southeast of Baton Rouge. A total washout is not anticipated. Highs will keep to the lower 80s. Any lingering rain will wrap up by Sunday Night.

We will keep you updated right up until kickoff should forecast adjustments be needed.

Be sure to get your weekend weather updates from Meteorologists Robert Gauthreaux and Keller Watts.

You can get forecasts from Meteorologist Josh Eachus weekdays on 2une-In from 5-7am and News 2 at Noon from 12-1pm. Additionally, you can get the fastest and latest forecasts and weather news by checking in with wbrz.com/weather, connecting with Josh on Google+ and following him on Twitter.


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Pat Shingleton: More Nuts, More Winter? http://www.wbrz.com/news/pat-shingleton-more-nuts-more-winter-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pat-shingleton-more-nuts-more-winter-/ Weather Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:12:58 AM Pat Shingleton Pat Shingleton: More Nuts, More Winter?

In response to yesterdays column, a reader questioned the lack of acorns on her street and sidewalk as compared to four years ago. The amount of nuts on the ground then, could have been attributed to Hurricane Isaac. There appears to be evidence that additional acorns may identify an approaching cold season. During my exercise run, I recognized signs of fewer nuts from oak trees. In my younger years and in our backyard in Pennsylvania, the butternut trees were ready for collection in mid September. My mom insisted that we collect the nuts with gloves, placing them in baskets for storage in the basement. The nuts were excellent in her Christmas cookies. Why the gloves? The butternut residue stained your hands and was difficult to remove.


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Touch of humidity http://www.wbrz.com/news/touch-of-humidity/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/touch-of-humidity/ Weather Thu, 25 Sep 2014 3:37:13 AM Meteorologist Robert Gauthreaux III Touch of humidity

The moisture slowly returns and you'll feel it a little more today with temperatures only reaching the mid 60s in the morning, still a chilly start. We will stay out of the 90s again today as temperatures will reach the mid to upper 80s. It will be another warm day with mostly sunny skies. Expect a few more clouds on Friday.

As we head into the weekend, that area of high pressure keeping us high and dry will begin to weaken and a weak upper level low in the golf will bring us some extra moisture in and enhance rain chances Saturday and Sunday. High and low temperatures will gradually climb a degree or two into Sunday.

Some of the moisture will linger into Monday. Later on Monday night and Tuesday another area of high pressure should build in keeping us dry again, likely with typical levels of humidity for this time of year.

Tropics

The only area we are watching is about 1100 miles east of of the Windward Islands. This area has only a 10% chance of development within the next 2 days.

 

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On Twitter: @RG3wbrz

 

~RG3

 

 


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Continuing cool http://www.wbrz.com/news/continuing-cool/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/continuing-cool/ Weather Wed, 24 Sep 2014 6:18:12 AM Meteorologist Robert Gauthreaux III Continuing cool

Dry air will continue to accompany slightly below average low temperatures into Thursday.

Forecast Discussion: A surface high pressure system will hold pat in the Northeastern United States through Saturday. As a result, an easterly wind will be very slow to erode our dry air mass. A drier atmosphere will lead to more sunshine and rain-free conditions through Friday. By week's end, an upper level trough will develop to our northwest while the relief-providing cold front crawls back to the north as a warm front. The upper level disturbance will help to trigger a surface low pressure system along the warm front on Saturday. As the complex moves north, it will return moisture to the area and with a favorable setup in the upper levels; scattered showers and thunderstorms to widespread rain are expected Saturday Afternoon into Sunday Afternoon. Forecast models agree upon this solution and also clear the area out by Monday.

Today and Tonight: Another cool beginning to the day will be complimented by a mostly sunny, warm but dry afternoon. High temperatures are expected to grab the upper 80s. The overnight hours will find any lingering fair weather clouds diminishing, while humidity stays low and thermometers head for the middle 60s.

Wrapping the week: Thursday and Friday are expected to remain dry with ample afternoon sunshine. High and low temperatures, along with humidity will gradually climb each day.

The Tropics:
Some good news as we are rounding out summer, all is quite in the tropics.

 

On Facebook: Meteorlogist Robert Gauthreaux III

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~RG3


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Right on schedule http://www.wbrz.com/news/right-on-schedule/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/right-on-schedule/ Weather Tue, 23 Sep 2014 5:48:31 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Right on schedule

On the calendars, autumn arrived at 9:29 PM Monday. Following suit, thermometers and humidity levels made their way to a fall feel by Tuesday Morning. At 59°, it was the coolest dawn reading for Baton Rouge since May 18. Typical cooler spots in the Florida Parishes and Southern Mississippi Counties made it into the upper 50s. While many felt the coolest temperatures since Spring, thermometers did not come close to records. In 1999, Baton Rouge reached 48° on the morning of September 23.

The first full day of fall will play the part, feeling quite a bit like it! Tuesday Afternoon will be sunny and less humid with highs in the middle 80s.

Expect the overnight hours to remain clear and dry with lows in the low 60s.

The remainder of the week will be nice and settled. Temperatures will be at or just below average with highs in the upper 80s and lows in the low to mid-60s. Humidity will stay relatively low while the region will be rain free through Friday.

How would you describe the timely fall feel? See what some are saying in the attached graphic or weigh-in youself! Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to comment!


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Fall arrives http://www.wbrz.com/news/fall-arrives/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fall-arrives/ Weather Mon, 22 Sep 2014 4:04:08 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Fall arrives

The final day of summer will certainly feel and act accordingly. Early sunshine will promote a rapid warmup to nearly 90°. By the afternoon, skies will go partly sunny with perhaps a shower or thunderstorm. However, unlike the normal driver of afternoon showers-the heat and humidity, today's trigger will be a cold front that is expected to usher in some more fall-like air just in time for the seasonal change tonight at 9:29pm. Thus, overnight, winds will shift northerly as skies clear out and low temperatures will get into the lower to middle 60s in Southeast Louisiana with even some upper 50s possible in South Mississippi and the Florida Parishes.


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A little more sunshine http://www.wbrz.com/news/a-little-more-sunshine/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/a-little-more-sunshine/ Weather Fri, 19 Sep 2014 2:48:37 AM Meteorologist Robert Gauthreaux III A little more sunshine

A little more sunshine is expected to show its face today as temperatures still stay out of the 90s. As we warm up to 88° this afternoon, most of us should stay dry with a few stray thunderstorms possible. Overnight, we'll see clear skies with temperatures squeezing into the upper 60's. You can expect similar temperatures for the weekend. We'll still keep a little humidity with us and as we transition into the weekend and we'll also keep rain chances low. With a cold front moving in by the first half of the next work week, low temperatures will potentially reach the lower 60s. As far as football goes tonight and this weekend, we shouldn't need any rain jackets but it will still be a little warm during the afternoons.

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On Twitter: @RG3wbrz

 

~RG3


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Gray Thursday http://www.wbrz.com/news/gray-thursday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/gray-thursday/ Weather Thu, 18 Sep 2014 6:46:09 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Gray Thursday

Mostly cloudy skies are expected on Thursday with showers and thunderstorms developing by the afternoon hours. Due to the added afternoon cloudiness and rain showers, thermometers are not likely to make it to 90°. It will still be warm and humid however, with highs in the middle 80s.

Since a cold front is crossing the area, showers and thunderstorms may linger into the night, with mostly cloudy skies otherwise and a muggy low near 70°.

Friday begins a more settled period of weather for the local area. A passing cold front is expected to dry out the upper levels and thus leave mostly sunny afternoons Friday through Sunday. A spotty shower isn't impossible, but unlike what has been the norm over the last few weeks, most will stay dry through Saturday. Temperatures will not waver much from normal, with highs in the upper 80s to near 90 and lows in the upper 60s to near 70.

 


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Backing down http://www.wbrz.com/news/backing-down/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/backing-down/ Weather Wed, 17 Sep 2014 6:42:26 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Backing down

It will be a hazy and humid beginning to a hot September day. Skies will be partly sunny from noon to dusk as some locations dodge showers and thunderstorms. But overall, far fewer locations will find rain today versus yesterday. Thermometers will make it to near 90° with spots snagging the spotty showers keeping to the upper 80s.

The overnight hours will have partly cloudy skies and perhaps a shower. However, there won't be an end to the mugginess with lows staying in the low 70s.

You can get forecasts from Meteorologist Josh Eachus weekdays on 2une-In from 5-7am and News 2 at Noon from 12-1pm. Additionally, you can get the fastest and latest forecasts and weather news by checking in with wbrz.com/weather, connecting with Josh on Google+ and following him on Twitter.


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Research drones launched into Hurricane Edouard http://www.wbrz.com/news/research-drones-launched-into-hurricane-edouard/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/research-drones-launched-into-hurricane-edouard/ Weather Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:03:11 AM Jennifer Kay Research drones launched into Hurricane Edouard

MIAMI - U.S. government scientists are launching winged drones into Hurricane Edouard, hoping to collect data that could help forecasters understand what makes some storms strengthen into monsters while others fade away.

This week's launches mark the first time that unmanned aircraft have been dispatched from "hurricane hunter" planes flying through Atlantic tropical storms.

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the 3-foot, 7-pound drones are designed to spend hours slowly descending through storms, particularly in the lowest parts of a hurricane where the planes can't fly.

NOAA got a handful of the drones this year to test during the peak of hurricane season, thanks to post-Hurricane Sandy federal funding.

Edouard is the first major hurricane of the six-month Atlantic storm season, but it remained no threat to land Tuesday.


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Most intense hurricane ever http://www.wbrz.com/news/most-intense-hurricane-ever/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/most-intense-hurricane-ever/ Weather Tue, 16 Sep 2014 8:57:27 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Most intense hurricane ever

With world records at stake, environmental scientists have set out to determine the likelihood of a reported 42-foot storm surge and a minimum central pressure of 880mb.

For comparison's sake, Hurricane Katrina brought a 20-30 foot storm surge to portions of the Gulf Coast and had a pressure of 920mb at landfall.

On March 5, 1899, Tropical Cyclone Mahina came ashore near Bathurst Bay, Northern Australia. To date, the World Meteorological Organization recognizes its 42-foot storm surge as the largest in history. However, the report stems from an anonymously authored account of this storm, known as the ‘Outridge Booklet.' Moreover, the minimum central pressure denoted in the Outridge Booklet was 914mb, far too high for a storm that reportedly brought such a vast surge. This means either the surge or the pressure must have been misreported.

It is important to note that researchers do not refute the civil devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Mahina. 300 lives were lost and 54 vessels sank.

The Outridge Booklet, originally constructed to assist families grieving over lost loved ones, contains Tropical Cyclone Mahina storm history and accounts of those who lived through it. Using one of those accounts, in 2000, scientists searched an area where the greatest surge was reported looking for sand, shell and coral debris. Based on their findings, with the highest debris spotted at 16 feet, the report seemed unlikely.

More than a decade later, a team from Queensland, Australia initiated a renewed effort, taking on several approaches to data inspection.

Reexamining the debris deposits, nothing was found at a height exceeding 22 feet, still well below the reported surge. Combing through historical print archives, several accounts from beyond the Outridge Booklet suggest water inundation anywhere from 15-80 feet above sea level and a pressure as low as 880mb. Many of these findings came from respected biologists and doctors so modern researchers lend credence to the observations. Finally, researchers ran a numerical storm surge and wind model which allows adjustments to be made to various meteorological parameters. By plugging in the lowest possible pressures reported, the model suggested a storm surge of 30 feet.

The Australian team concluded that while a world record 42-foot storm surge does not seem plausible from Tropical Cyclone Mahina, waters could indeed have reached such heights due to a high tide and various wave action combining with the storm's landfall. However, if the minimum central pressure in Tropical Cyclone Mahina did dip to 880mb, this would be the lowest in Southern Hemisphere history.

You can get forecasts from Meteorologist Josh Eachus weekdays on 2une-In from 5-7am and News 2 at Noon from 12-1pm. Additionally, you can get the fastest and latest forecasts and weather news by checking in with wbrz.com/weather, connecting with Josh on Google+ and following him on Twitter.


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Re-runs http://www.wbrz.com/news/re-runs/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/re-runs/ Weather Tue, 16 Sep 2014 6:09:31 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Re-runs

Look for skies to cloud up by the afternoon. As a result, sunshine might not quite be able to warm thermometers to 90° so expect most locations to instead top out in the upper 80s. Regardless, like clockwork, as we reach the lunchtime hours, showers and thunderstorms will be developing as lake and sea breezes push inland. Rain activity will linger into the early evening hours before gradually diminishing.

Overnight will be partly cloudy with lows in the low 70s.

Wednesday, a lingering front will maintain the possibility for an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. Overall though, more sun and less rain is expected for Wednesday versus Tuesday. This means temperatures may get a touch warmer as well.

Then on Thursday, the lumbering front will get one last push through our area with a likely more widespread batch of showers and storms.

You can get forecasts from Meteorologist Josh Eachus weekdays on 2une-In from 5-7am and News 2 at Noon from 12-1pm. Additionally, you can get the fastest and latest forecasts and weather news by checking in with wbrz.com/weather, connecting with Josh on Google+ and following him on Twitter.


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Rain chances returning http://www.wbrz.com/news/rain-chances-returning/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/rain-chances-returning/ Weather Mon, 15 Sep 2014 3:34:48 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Rain chances returning

After some early sunshine, showers and thunderstorms are expected to flare up in reasonable numbers this afternoon. High temperatures will be seasonably warm, near 90° and humidity will keep in the oppressive categories.

With a stationary front being the forcing mechanism for showers and storms, daytime heating is the fuel, so with nighttime should come quieter time. Overnight lows will be just a touch above average, in the lower 70s.

At this time, the only system of note in the North Atlantic Tropical Basin is Hurricane Edouard which continues to march haplessly out to sea. With 105mph winds, a 966mb pressure and additional strengthening, Edouard could become the season's first major hurricane by Tuesday.

You can get forecasts from Meteorologist Josh Eachus weekdays on 2une-In from 5-7am and News 2 at Noon from 12-1pm. Additionally, you can get the fastest and latest forecasts and weather news by checking in with wbrz.com/weather, connecting with Josh on Google+ and following him on Twitter.


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Interest in an Invest http://www.wbrz.com/news/interest-in-an-invest/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/interest-in-an-invest/ Weather Fri, 12 Sep 2014 6:51:30 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Interest in an Invest

Though only a tropical disturbance, and while even the most aggressive forecasts don't allow it to ever become much more, Invest 92L does have some bearing on our extended forecast. As is the case with most tropical waves, there are numerous possibilities with very different outcomes. Here is an outlook for the next several days with potential tropical impacts noted along the way. For more detail on the near term forecast, please visit the wbrz.com weather blog.

Saturday: As a cold front stalls in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, enough moisture and uplift may be held up to leave some lingering shower and thunderstorm activity in Southeastern Louisiana. Rain chances will be highest for locations South of I-10 coastward. Afternoon college football games being played on Saturday may have to dodge a few showers or storms early, but activity is expected to wane during the evening. Otherwise, look for partly sunny skies with humid high temperatures near 90°.

Sunday: The front will not have broken the humidity much, and temperatures will only slip back to average, rather than the above average numbers being posted of late. Look for the day to begin in the low 70s and top out near 90° during the early afternoon hours. Skies will generally be partly sunny with only an isolated shower or storm possible. This is the most likely day to keep the outdoors dry over the next several.

At this point, many questions arise as to what type of weather pattern unfolds. An upper level trough will dive into the Southeastern United States. This will send another cold front into the region. Additionally, numerous waves of energy will bring instances of increased rain chances. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the upper level steering winds with this pattern will be from west to east.

Monday-Wednesday: By Monday, Invest 92L will be in the Gulf of Mexico. And by this period, half of the computer forecast models keep this disturbance to the south, and half bring it farther north. Of late, more and more of the guidance depict a more northern track. Forecasting with weather models, trends over time are worth noting (see attached image). Given the setup, two scenarios appear possible.

Scenario 1: On the southern track of Invest 92L, Monday through Wednesday would primarily be influenced by the presence of a cold front. Stalled over the region, numerous afternoon showers and thunderstorms would be possible as waves of energy ride through the upper level steering winds. While unsettled, this pattern wouldn't be much different than the recent weather in South Louisiana.

Scenario 2: Should the cold front or west to east upper level winds snare Invest 92L, the forecast models favoring a more northern track would be accurate and a much wetter week of weather would ensue. With the front stalled and constant reinforcement coming from the upper level waves of energy, an increased moisture tap from Invest 92L would lead to long duration periods of rain Monday Afternoon through Wednesday. Certainly, as is the case with any tropical disturbance, some torrential rains could be possible which would present flash flooding concerns.

Both scenarios seem equally feasible and will need monitored as we go through the weekend. We'll be sure to update you as the pattern unfolds and new guidance becomes available.

You can get forecasts from Meteorologist Josh Eachus weekdays on 2une-In from 5-7am and News 2 at Noon from 12-1pm. Additionally, you can get the fastest and latest forecasts and weather news by checking in with wbrz.com/weather, connecting with Josh on Google+ and following him on Twitter.


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Getting unsettled again http://www.wbrz.com/news/getting-unsettled-again/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/getting-unsettled-again/ Weather Thu, 11 Sep 2014 3:36:34 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Getting unsettled again

Your Thursday Afternoon will bring about a few showers and thunderstorms once again. Prior to any cooling showers, it will be another hot one with mostly sunny skies early leading to a high in the low 90s.

Expect it to be mostly clear and muggy tonight with a low in the low 70s.

This marks the peak of hurricane season, but with four named storms thus far, the Atlantic Basin is two shy of what is typical by now.

Two waves in the North Atlantic Basin are being monitored by the National Hurricane Center. One is well southwest of the Cape Verde Islands off of the African Coast. Over the next 5 days, this disturbance is given an 80% chance of development.

Another cluster of showers and thunderstorms in the Bahamas is only given a 30% chance of development over the next 5 days. While this disturbance is unlikely to develop, it could move into the Gulf of Mexico next week if it survives a passage over Florida.

You can get forecasts from Meteorologist Josh Eachus weekdays on 2une-In from 5-7am and News 2 at Noon from 12-1pm. Additionally, you can get the fastest and latest forecasts and weather news by checking in with wbrz.com/weather, connecting with Josh on Google+ and following him on Twitter.

 


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Hurricane Betsy, 49 years ago http://www.wbrz.com/news/hurricane-betsy-49-years-ago/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/hurricane-betsy-49-years-ago/ Weather Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:59:52 AM Meteorologist Robert Gauthreaux III Hurricane Betsy, 49 years ago

One of the most memorable hurricanes in Louisiana's history, struck the state late on September 9th, 1965. In many ways, Hurricane Betsy mirrored Katrina, 40 years later.


Over 164,000 homes were flooded in the New Orleans area as people fled to their rooftops and around 76 people perished in the storm. "Billion Dollar Betsy" was the first storm to accrue damage of over $1 billion. By September 22nd, about 800,000 pounds of USDA foods had been issued to refugees. Betsy made landfall as a category three packing wind gusts of 145 mph.


The storm thus prompted the construction of a New Orleans levee system which ultimately failed during Katrina.


The storm moved about 20 miles west of Baton Rouge, which was impacted by the right-front quadrant of the storm; the strongest part of a hurricane. This brought heavy flooding and power outages throughout sections of Baton Rouge and for a long time in the Capital City, Betsy was considered "the big one."


Betsy remained a hurricane far inland, until it reached northern Louisiana and was downgraded to a tropical storm.


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