The super soaking is behind after a general 5-7” of rain fell across Southern Louisiana over the weekend. Some locations found even higher amounts with areal flooding occurring in typical trouble spots. The deluge ended the 90 day drought with a Baton Rouge now showing a 2-3” rain surplus for that timeframe.
Today and Tonight: For the third straight day, we face clouds, showers and thunder. Fortunately, there is nothing to suggest it is a long lasting affair as has been the case since Saturday Afternoon. Due to the gloomy conditions, highs will keep to the mid 70s with lows tonight heading for the mid 60s. While spotty showers can't be ruled out-- the steadiest action will be behind us.
Looking Ahead: Tuesday, many more locations will be dry. While clouds will linger and a spotty shower could pass, the steady soaking will be left behind. High temperatures will make it into the mid to upper 70s. Overnight lows will be in the low 60s as clearing continues. Wednesday through Friday will be mostly clear with highs in the upper 70s and lows in the upper 50s. Expect less humidity as well.
When does the rain end and when does the sun return? Meteorologist Josh Eachus uses balloon soundings, ensemble temperatures and forecast models to sum up our next week in the daily weather briefing, RIGHT HERE.
Forecast Discussion: The remnants of Hurricane Patricia and associated upper level low will lift to the northeast through today, with additional showers. Fortunately, as dry air is working into the back side of the system, rainfall will be less intense and less widespread. Still, there will be enough energy to leave a few showers through Tuesday. Into midweek, we can expect a drying trend as a cold front pushes through the area-- eliminating the menace low and moisture to boot. Thus, drier, cooler and more stable air will envelop the region through week's end with mainly clear skies and seasonable temperatures. Another disturbance will swing through the jet stream next weekend and this will return rain to the area. Details are still unclear as to how long-lasting this next system will persist. For now, we keep rain on the board for Saturday and Sunday.
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