Parts of SE La. catching up from drought
NEW ORLEANS - Although heavy showers have drenched wide sections of southeastern Louisiana over the past two weeks, much of the state is still trying to catch up on rainfall that has been lagging in 2011.
The National Weather Service said Monday that the southeastern portion of the state appears to be sitting below the edge of a high-pressure ridge now developing over the Great Plains - the type of weather feature that has broiled much of the United States.
Over the past two weeks, portions of Louisiana south of Lake Pontchartrain, have seen anywhere from six to 14 inches of rain, while north of Lake Pontchartrain, rainfall has averaged three to four inches, with radar indicating some areas that got eight to 10 inches.
That's not the case in other parts of the state. Over the past two weeks, Baton Rouge officially has had 3.4 inches of rain, while nearby Livingston Parish has recorded 2 inches. Lafayette stood Monday at 3.3 inches, Lake Charles at 2.6 inches and Alexandria at just below 2.2 inches.
Northern Louisiana, though, is still dry. Northern Louisiana is still dry: Shreveport has recorded 0.64 inches of rain over the past two week, while the tally stands at 0.43 percent in Monroe.