March 3, 2015 10:50 AM
The National Weather Service issues a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING when a storm is capable of producing winds of 58mph or greater or hail over one-inch in diameter. These storms can also produce a tornado with little or no advance warning.
Straight-line winds produced by severe thunderstorms can produce as... more »
March 2, 2015 10:53 AM
Meteorologically speaking, it is now severe weather season for Southeastern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi. While tornadoes, damaging thunderstorm winds, large hail, and flash floods can occur at any time of the year, now through May is the time in which these hazards most often occur. As such, the week of... more »
December 23, 2014 9:38 AM
The National Weather Service has issued a TORNADO WATCH for the entire WBRZ viewing area until 6pm Tuesday. This includes the Parishes of East Baton Rouge, Ascension, Assumption, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Mary, Tangipahoa, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana in Louisiana and the Counties... more »
December 23, 2014 5:50 AM
A strong cold front pushing through the region will bring the threat for strong thunderstorms today.
Today and Tonight: Before Santa's sleigh arrives in South Louisiana, we'll need to buckle up for a bumpy ride. Some strong thunderstorms are expected around the region today. The National... more »
December 22, 2014 6:21 AM
The first full day of winter may not feel so, as thermometers eclipse 70° with a touch of humidity in the air. Then, a strong storm threat warrants our attention for Tuesday.
Today and Tonight: Monday won't necessarily be an active weather day but the atmosphere... more »
November 21, 2014 6:01 AM
While many prepare for an end to the work week, we must also keep a close watch on an elevated threat for severe weather this weekend.
Today and Tonight: Friday will end up very similar to Thursday. Partly sunny afternoon skies won't inhibit the ongoing warmup... more »
November 20, 2014 6:09 AM
Dry and mild weather will prevail as forecast focus shifts to a weekend severe weather threat.
Forecast Discussion: Slight ridging in the upper -levels will work with a surface high pressure system to our northeast to promote a warming trend into the weekend. Southeasterly winds will return average to... more »
October 13, 2014 5:04 PM
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The National Weather Service has confirmed that two tornadoes struck Arkansas as a powerful storm system crossed the state, as well as Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Meteorologist Joe Goudsward says a tornado struck near Ashdown, about 150 miles southwest of Little Rock, where a man was... more »
October 13, 2014 4:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - High winds have already begun to wreak havoc on the power infrastructure of Baton Rouge as severe weather moves into the area.
Customers without power as reported by Entergy by parish as of 5:30 p.m. are as follows:
*East Baton Rouge - 2,209 *West Baton... more »
October 13, 2014 2:04 PM
BATON ROUGE- A tornado watch for the area was canceled following an evening of powerful storms Monday.
Earlier in the day, The National Weather Service issued a TORNADO WATCH for the entire WBRZ viewing area until 10 p.m. Monday. A cold front advanced over the region, bringing a squall... more »
October 13, 2014 8:10 AM
The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has highlighted the entire WBRZ viewing area under an enhanced risk for severe weather on Monday.
The storm threat will be two-pronged.
Thunderstorms are expected to develop as early as midday. From noon until 5pm, isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms... more »
October 7, 2014 8:53 AM
A non-thunderstorm event in Southeastern Louisiana on Monday served as a prime example of why meteorologists cannot only rely on the often publicized "computer forecast models."
In the pre-dawn hours of Monday, October 6 (12z), a squall line of nasty thunderstorms flared up ahead of a weak cold front... more »
October 6, 2014 8:19 AM
An ongoing complex of showers and thunderstorms in the Arklatex Region diving southward is expected to weaken as it approaches the local area this afternoon. Skies will be sunny early with some cloud development by lunch time. With the afternoon hours may come isolated shower and thunderstorm activity. High temperatures... more »
October 2, 2014 11:56 PM
The National Weather Service has issued a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH for a portion of the WBRZ viewing area until 5am Friday. This includes the Parishes of East Baton Rouge, Ascension, Assumption, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Mary, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana in Louisiana and... more »
September 16, 2014 8:09 AM
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... more »
September 15, 2014 5:34 AM
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... more »
September 5, 2014 8:45 AM
We've got some football to play. We could really do without any follies from the weather. But unfortunately, the stale summer pattern will continue. Ample heat and humidity will be firing off rounds of showers and thunderstorms each afternoon through Monday.
Friday Forecast: For your Friday Night fix of... more »
August 25, 2014 5:57 AM
On Monday, expect partly sunny skies early, with thermometers jumping up to the lower 90s. Humidity will stay quite high. By late morning and early afternoon, showers and thunderstorms will be developing from east to west across the region. These showers and thunderstorms will be widespread and slow-moving, thus some... more »
August 12, 2014 5:45 AM
On Monday, a line of showers and thunderstorms passed through the Baton Rouge area with a photogenic phenomenon leading the way.
While the parent trigger for the shower and thunderstorm activity was a cold front, what set up on the leading edge of evening precipitation is known as a... more »
July 28, 2014 5:51 AM
Another partly sunny, hot and humid day is expected across Southeastern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi. Look for high temperatures to reach the mid 90s with high humidity pushing afternoon feels-like temperatures over 100° again.
By the afternoon, showers and thunderstorms will develop from north to south along a well-advertised... more »
July 17, 2014 11:05 AM
Beginning Friday, the Baton Rouge area will run a risk for heavy rainfall that is expected to carry through the weekend.
A round of showers and thunderstorms is expected to track across the region between Friday Morning and Friday Afternoon. The initial line of storms could produce gusty winds,... more »
July 14, 2014 5:38 AM
Not unlike last week or the weekend, today will warm quickly with early sunshine before the hot, humid and unstable air bubbles into clouds that could pop out a few showers and thunderstorms from the lunch hour into the late afternoon. Top out temperatures will be in the lower 90s.... more »
July 11, 2014 5:30 AM
A change to the running forecast-as shower and storm chances appear to remain elevated today.
Look for a quick warm up today as sunshine will dominate early. Just enough cool air lingers aloft for clouds to bubble up and produce scattered showers and thunderstorms. As has been the case... more »
July 10, 2014 5:27 AM
Thursday should be the final afternoon in the current stretch of active weather where many backyards pick up measurable rain. Showers and thunderstorms are likely, with partly sunny skies otherwise. Any storms will be capable of heavy rain, gusty winds and frequent lightning. Still, enough warmth of the sun will... more »
July 9, 2014 5:30 AM
Once again, showers and thunderstorms will be likely with more than 60% of the viewing area expected to receive measurable rain. In between showers, partly sunny skies will send thermometers into the lower 90s.
Activity will diminish at night with partly cloudy skies and muggy lows in the mid... more »
July 8, 2014 11:12 AM
Forecasters have announced to the point of redundancy that heat and humidity are two of the primary ingredients for shower and thunderstorm development. Living in South Louisiana, one must wonder then why it doesn't rain every single day from June through September.
Beyond heat and humidity, there is an... more »
June 27, 2014 9:32 AM
Stats, strikes and safety--lightning safety awareness is wrapping up and the details discussed provide information that we can use to guard against one of nature's top killers. Still, myths surround the deadly electrical current and understanding the truth about lightning could be life-saving knowledge.
Since 1951 the United States... more »
June 26, 2014 9:38 AM
Understanding the overall behavior of lightning, types of strikes and the history of people being struck provides guidelines as to what should and should not be done in a thunderstorm.
No place outdoors is safe during a thunderstorm. If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you... more »
June 26, 2014 6:16 AM
Expect another day of relative cloudiness and thus thermometers will keep to the middle 80s. Still, like Wednesday, enough instability will be present to set off showers and storms, especially in the afternoon. Again, a few storms may contain downpours, gusty wind and frequent lightning.
Tonight, activity will wane... more »
June 25, 2014 5:02 PM
BATON ROUGE - Lightning and heavy downpours moved into the area late Wednesday afternoon, causing traffic headaches and widespread power outages.
Old Hammond Highway, between Sherwood and Flannery, was closed early in the evening rush and remained closed late into the night because lanes were blocked by a downed... more »
June 25, 2014 10:23 AM
Lightning is a deadly and unpredictable electrical current. However, realizing that there are many ways to be struck by lightning may help you make decisions in a thunderstorm that reduce your chances of being hit. Any type of strike can be deadly. If someone is hit, they should be given... more »
June 24, 2014 10:37 AM
Louisiana is a "Sportsman's Paradise" and a place where people flock to the outdoors for all sorts of activities. With great summer fun in our hot and humid state, there exists a blend that can potentially turn deadly.
Louisiana is bested by only Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi for... more »
June 24, 2014 6:07 AM
A little more sunshine can be expected today versus yesterday. That added daytime warmth will lead to more scattered showers and storms popping during the afternoon hours. Like Sunday, some storms could produce heavy downpours and frequent lightning. Also, the added sun will generate a high in the low 90s... more »
June 23, 2014 7:20 AM
Look for mostly cloudy skies today with scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially during the afternoon hours. Any storms will be slow moving and could produce heavy downpours as well as frequent lightning. High temperatures will top out near 90°.
The overnight low will make it into the low 70s... more »
June 13, 2014 5:46 AM
The potential exists for a few strong thunderstorms today. Areas of rain and thunderstorms are expected for the final day of the week. Some of the storms will be capable of producing damaging wind gusts and heavy downpours. Like Tuesday, an early round and a late round may cause erratic... more »
June 12, 2014 5:40 AM
In between systems, another day of fair weather is ahead before the storm threat returns tonight and tomorrow.
Your Thursday will end up dry with mostly sunny skies lending space to some increasing clouds late. Highs will likely eclipse the 90° plateau. Tonight will find increasing cloud coverage and... more »
June 10, 2014 1:28 PM
Dark, ominous clouds enveloped Southeastern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi on Tuesday Morning.
A line of heavy thunderstorms that developed ahead of a cold front in Western Louisiana blew into the region just after dawn. WBRZ viewers snapped numerous photos of the stormy sky featuring bubbling cloud bases and dark... more »
June 10, 2014 5:51 AM
Just about all should find a period of measurable rain today. As a line of showers and storms is expected, this setup will be much different than two weeks ago when scattered activity persisted for multiple days. Still, little sunshine is expected today. The cloudiness and rain cooled air should... more »
June 9, 2014 9:54 AM
The Storm Prediction Center has placed an area from the Gulf of Mexico to Kentucky under an increased risk for severe weather on Tuesday. The entire WBRZ viewing area is included in this risk area which highlights portions of Southeastern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi.
A cold front is expected... more »
June 2, 2014 8:45 AM
Like the last several days, we can expect scattered showers and thunderstorms through the daylight hours. There is just over a 50% chance that any given point in the viewing are finds measurable rainfall. Like the preceding days though, it shouldn't rain steadily in one area all day; rather we'll... more »
May 30, 2014 5:47 AM
While scattered showers and thunderstorms remain in the forecast today, radar trends indicate that through the morning hours, the rain axis will slowly shift east of the Baton Rouge area. As a result, Baton Rouge and points to the west have been dropped from the FLASH FLOOD WATCH. This also... more »
May 29, 2014 6:30 AM
A ***FLASH FLOOD WATCH*** is in effect until 7pm Thursday for the entire area.
Subsequent rounds of showers and storms could be heavy at times but are not expected to be as extreme and widespread as Wednesday's event.
Look for more scattered showers and thunderstorms today which could... more »
May 28, 2014 1:32 PM
Flooding storms strike Southeast Louisiana
A large batch of thunderstorms brought more than a foot of rain to some portions of Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday Morning.
As of 1pm Wednesday, radar estimations indicated rainfall totals in excess of 12" for areas in and around Lafayette along with rural... more »
May 28, 2014 6:36 AM
A ***FLASH FLOOD WATCH*** is in effect until 7pm Thursday for the entire area.
Widespread showers and thunderstorms may produce heavy rain, gusty winds and frequent lightning today and tomorrow. Persistent storms may produce ponding of water on roadways and in areas of poor drainage. Flash flooding is also... more »
May 27, 2014 5:47 AM
As the pattern transitions today, warm and humid conditions early will allow afternoon clouds to bubble into scattered showers and thunderstorms. Action will be most likely on a line from McComb to Baton Rouge and points to the northwest. Prior to any rainfall, highs should top out in the middle... more »
May 13, 2014 5:26 AM
It will remain warm and very humid with highs in the upper 80s. Again, there will be enough instability for showers and storms to develop in the afternoon; however coverage today should be slightly lesser than Sunday and Monday. Areas that do not see a storm pop, could register the... more »
May 12, 2014 8:52 AM
Crispy lawns, thirsty flowers and parched gardens got all the water they could handle over the last few days. Rain gauges returning a nearly 5" deficit for the year, almost returned to the annual norm in just a few hours on Friday.
Showers and thunderstorms that began in the... more »
April 29, 2014 9:51 AM
Destructive and deadly tornadoes ripped through parts of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee on Monday while Southeastern Louisiana experienced virtually no active weather. The quiet outcome occurred despite the fact that areas of the Bayou State actually had an atmosphere just as, if not more primed for strong thunderstorms than hard... more »
April 29, 2014 8:24 AM
We'll need to pay close attention to the forecast once again before a cold front clears the region and the threat for severe storms subsides.
The setup: The storm system that has been making headlines for the last several days with large, long-lived and deadly tornadoes will finally clear... more »
April 28, 2014 8:37 AM
The setup: A deep upper level low continues to spin leeward of the Rocky Mountains. Smaller lobes of energy are rotating around this low and serving as driving mechanisms for areas of showers and thunderstorms from Texas all the way to the Ohio Valley. There is also a surface cold... more »
April 14, 2014 8:38 AM
Warm, sticky southerly winds of about 15mph are expected to persist into the afternoon. Thermometers will make the jaunt from a start in the 70s to the lower 80s. Mostly cloudy skies can be expected early with a few peeks of sunshine aiding the quick warm-up. Normally welcome, any glimpse... more »
April 8, 2014 6:34 AM
Clouds will be more widespread than sunshine today. Showers and a few thunderstorms are expected to develop over the mid-morning and afternoon hours. While showers and storms will likely remain below severe limits, a few could be on the strong side with some gusty winds and small hail-pea to marble... more »
April 3, 2014 5:28 AM
The warmest and most humid day of the week lies ahead with highs in the mid 80s and a continued humid southerly breeze of 10-15mph. Like Tuesday and Wednesday, while some peeks of sun are possible, the trend will be for skies to grow increasingly cloudy through the day. As... more »
March 28, 2014 1:15 PM
A second round of showers and thunderstorms is expected to roll across Louisiana on Friday Night. The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center continues to highlight the area for an increased risk of severe weather. The primary threats from the strongest storms will be large hail, damaging winds and heavy... more »
March 28, 2014 6:16 AM
Today & Tonight: Round one of showers and storms, that occurred overnight, will settle down through the morning. While skies will remain mostly cloudy, a few peeks of sun, a muggy beginning to the day and a moisture-laden air mass will allow thermometers to jump into the upper 70s and... more »
March 27, 2014 6:05 AM
While a few breaks of sun may occur, skies will feature more clouds for much of the day. High temperatures will finally return to average, in the lower 70s, as southerly winds will transport milder air and moisture into the region. Speaking of those winds, once again they will be... more »
March 1, 2014 2:46 PM
The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted a large portion of Southern Louisiana, including Baton Rouge, for a severe weather risk late Sunday into Monday.
Warm and moist air is expected to continue lifting into the area from the Gulf of Mexcio through the day on Sunday. Meanwhile, a strong... more »
February 19, 2014 6:39 AM
Once the latest round of fog fades away, a little more blue sky than previous days should be revealed. With added radiation from the sun, thermometers will take a run at 80°. It may feel a little more like April than February out there as well because dew points will... more »
December 13, 2013 6:48 AM
Expect mostly cloudy skies today as the area of high pressure moves to the east of Louisiana. That will allow the winds to shift from the northeast to the southeast by the afternoon, and that will draw up warmer and more humid air from the Gulf of Mexico. I'm not... more »
November 25, 2013 6:42 AM
An area of low pressure is forming in the Western Gulf of Mexico and it will move toward far Southeast Louisiana. This will send some scattered showers and a few thunderstorms over South Louisiana this afternoon along with cloudy skies. We will not warm up much with high temperatures struggling... more »
November 22, 2013 7:30 AM
The clouds will stick around all day as a cold front moves into Louisiana. We will gradually see scattered showers developing throughout the afternoon hours. A few thunderstorms will also be possible. It will be warm and humid with high temperatures in the mid 70s.
The cold front will... more »
November 18, 2013 7:46 AM
WASHINGTON, Ill. - Storms that swept across the Midwest left at least six people dead and unleashed powerful winds that flattened neighborhoods, flipped over cars and uprooted trees.
Illinois was struck the hardest by the unusually powerful late-season tornadoes Sunday. Washington, a town of 16,000 about 140 miles southwest... more »
October 31, 2013 7:17 AM
A strong trough of low pressure will send a cold front into Louisiana and through Baton Rouge today. It will be very warm and humid ahead of the front and that will make the atmosphere unstable. This will also allow for scattered showers and storms to develop during the afternoon... more »
October 4, 2013 8:52 AM
An area of high pressure is located east of Louisiana today, and that will keep east to southeast winds over us along with Tropical Storm Karen. This will give us partly cloudy skies with isolated showers and storms. Highs will be in the upper 80s.
Tonight is looking pretty... more »
October 3, 2013 6:48 AM
You can expect a warm and humid afternoon as an area of high pressure sits to the east of Louisiana. There will be enough moisture in the atmosphere to help set off isolated showers and storms with the heating of the day. High temperatures will be in the upper 80s.... more »
October 2, 2013 8:04 AM
An upper-level low is spinning over Northern Louisiana and Western Mississippi. This low will continue to draw up moisture from the Gulf of Mexico this afternoon and help to set off more scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some heavy rain will be possible. High temperatures will be in the mid 80s.... more »
October 1, 2013 7:18 AM
The stationary front remains stalled west of Baton Rouge, and now an upper-level low has formed along it. These two features will tap into the deep moisture over us and that will set off scattered showers and storms over Southeast Louisiana again today. Some of the rain will be heavy... more »
September 30, 2013 6:49 AM
The cold front will remain stalled today, and a few disturbances will move along the front. This will allow us to have scattered showers with a few thunderstorms this afternoon. Some heavy rain is possible. High temperatures will be held down thanks to the rain as they only climb into... more »
September 24, 2013 6:49 AM
The combination of a warm front, a low in the Gulf, a trough and a cold front will impact the weather in Baton Rouge this afternoon. This will lead us to getting scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms. Some of the rain could be heavy at times, and minor flash... more »
September 23, 2013 7:32 AM
The cold front will turn into a warm front and it will start retreating back to the north this afternoon. This will increase the humidity, the clouds and give us isolated showers and thunderstorms with the daytime heating. High temperatures will be in the upper 80s.
The warm front... more »
September 20, 2013 8:52 AM
A cold front is moving into Louisiana today and it will set off scattered showers and thunderstorms across the Capital City. Some heavy rain will be possible. High temperatures will be in the upper 80s.
The rain and storms will continue this evening and that will make for some... more »
September 19, 2013 6:51 AM
Deeper tropical moisture continues to arrive today from the south. This is helping to set off the scattered showers and storms with the heating of the day with partly to mostly cloudy skies. High temperatures will be in the lower 90s.
Most of the rain will come to an... more »
September 18, 2013 6:48 AM
The ridge of high pressure in the mid to upper-levels that has been sitting over us the last few days will move to the east of Louisiana. This will allow for some return flow, or southerly winds to come back over the state. These winds will start to usher in... more »
September 10, 2013 7:06 AM
We will have another hot afternoon as a ridge of high pressure builds toward Louisiana from the west. At the same time, a weak disturbance will move along the eastern-edge of the ridge, or right over Louisiana. Moisture will be increasing a little more today as well. This means we... more »
September 6, 2013 9:14 AM
The pesky front that has been stalled north of Baton Rouge this week is still stuck south of the I-20 corridor. It will dissipate today, but it will help to set off isolated showers and storms again today with partly cloudy skies. It will be hot and humid with highs... more »
September 5, 2013 6:47 AM
The cold front continues to be stalled north of Baton Rouge or over Central/Southern Mississippi. This means we will have more of the same type of weather we've had for the last few days - partly cloudy, hot and humid with isolated thunderstorms. Any storm could be strong with heavy... more »
September 4, 2013 6:26 AM
Get ready for another hot and humid afternoon with more storms. The cold front is still located north of Baton Rouge, and it will slowly move south throughout the day. Once the temperatures get into the 90s, we will start to see isolated showers and storms popping up just like... more »
September 3, 2013 6:27 AM
A cold front will slowly move southward toward Baton Rouge during this afternoon. This will help set off isolated showers and storms over us today. Some of the storms could be strong with heavy rain and gusty winds. Otherwise, we will have a mix of sun and clouds when it... more »
September 2, 2013 6:48 AM
We will have a hot and more humid afternoon across the Baton Rouge area as the eastern edge of a ridge of high pressure moves closer to Louisiana. At the same time, another area of high pressure in the Gulf of Mexico will move to the east, and this will... more »
August 23, 2013 8:18 AM
A tropical wave/trough of low pressure will be slowly moving to the west across the Northern Gulf of Mexico today. As this wave approaches Louisiana it will interact with a sea breeze and they will set off scattered showers and storms over Baton Rouge. Otherwise, we will have a mix... more »
August 22, 2013 6:46 AM
It is going to be a hot and humid afternoon across Southeast Louisiana just like it should be for late-August. A tropical wave is located over the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and that will be moving toward the Northern Gulf later today and tomorrow. We will be partly cloudy with... more »
August 21, 2013 6:47 AM
Get ready for a soggy afternoon! Louisiana is sitting between to areas of high pressure. This causes a weakness to develop over us, and that leads to rain. Additionally, there is a weak area of upper-level low pressure associated with an easterly wave/tropical wave moving west across the Northern Gulf... more »
August 15, 2013 6:33 AM
The cold front will stall along the Louisiana Coast this afternoon. It will be close enough to help set off a few showers and storms in Baton Rouge with partly cloudy skies. Some drier air will start to move into town today and that will help to make it feel... more »
August 14, 2013 7:14 AM
A cold front is slowly moving south into Louisiana along with a disturbance that is moving along it. Combine that with plenty of tropical moisture over Baton Rouge and daytime heating and that will give us scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could be strong to... more »
August 13, 2013 6:53 AM
You can expect another afternoon with scattered showers and thunderstorms. This is thanks to a stalled front located north of Louisiana plus daytime heating with all of the Gulf Moisture sitting over us. Any storm could be strong with gusty winds and have heavy rain. Otherwise, we will have a... more »
August 9, 2013 6:52 AM
We will see an increase in the amount of storms we receive today, and that will give us a break from the heat! This is thanks to an upper-level low and a tropical wave that are moving across the Gulf of Mexico. These systems will increase the amount of moisture... more »