Capital City getting thirsty
Lacking April showers bring thirsty May flowers. The fourth month of 2014 brought little action to Baton Rouge area rain buckets during its final fortnight.
April 2014 checked in with 3.53" of liquid precipitation, nearly an inch below historical average. The statistic is hard to believe given that the area was 75% of the way to average midway through the month. That is when the dry trend began. Since April 15, including the first several days of May, only 0.03" of rain has fallen.
As of May 6, there have been 5 straight days without measurable precipitation. Surprisingly though, this does not mark the year's longest stretch without precipitation. In fact, that occurred from January 14-22, marking 9 straight days without precipitation. Actually, trace amounts every 4 or 5 days since April 15 have dampened what would otherwise be the most parched period in several months. However, trace amounts do no favors for area gardens and freshly planted spring flowers.
The dry spell is fairly limited to areas immediately in and around Baton Rouge. Locations just to the north and south of the city have had recent soakings on account of scattered thunderstorm activity in late April.
Since January, the Capital City is running a deficit of 4.34" in the rainfall category, having received just 16.02" for the year thus far.
The month of May averages 4.89" of water in the gauges, but has yet to receive a measurable amount this go around.
Several opportunities for rain are in the forecast. Friday and Saturday may bring a batch or two of area-wide rainfall, while Thursday, Sunday and Monday offer the chances for pop-up afternoon thunderstorms. Forecast models have Southeastern Louisiana in an area pegged for up to 1.5" of rain by Sunday Morning.
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