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What happened to winter?

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Posted: Apr 30, 2014 2:38 PM by Meteorologist Robert Gauthreaux
Updated: May 1, 2014 11:00 AM
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What happened to winter? It seems like just last month we had temperatures in the 20s! Well, we did reach the 20s in March, and only a few days ago we reached 89 degrees! While we are still officially in spring, we typically see our first 90 degree day in May; usually around the 14th. Temperatures in the spring aren't always as stable as they are in the summer. With numerous cold fronts pushing their way through the area, our temperature can fluctuate dramatically.

We're bound to reach 90 degrees in the weeks to come, but the earliest observation of 90 degrees in Baton Rouge occurred as early as March 2nd. That's pretty bizarre when we reached 29 degrees on March 4th of this year. The latest observation of 90 degrees in a given year was recorded on June 10th; over a week into hurricane season.

Overall, this April has been drier than average. We typically see about 5.56 inches of rainfall in April, but the lack of April showers only led to about 3.53 inches. This being the case, the Baton Rogue area is still not in an abnormally dry stage overall. Our warmest temperature in April was on the 27th when we topped out at 89 degrees. Our coolest temperature occurred on April 16th when we reached 52 degrees.


Here's the average breakdown on what we typically experience in April and May:

MAX MIN RAINFALL
April 1st 74° 53°
5.56"
April 30th 80° 60°
May 1st 81° 60°
5.34"
May 31st 87° 68°

The longest dry spells we have experienced thus far this year was a 9-day span in January and a 7-day span in February. Right now we're forecasting another dry spell beginning April 30 with plenty of sunshine. Be prepared for next month. While it won't officially be summer on June 1st, it will be hurricane season. That sort of makes a few more nights in the 20s seem bearable.

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Data compiled from the Southern Regional Climate Center.

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