WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Weather Weather en-us Copyright 2020, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 7 Jul 2020 HH:07:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 More rain on Tuesday, Flash Flood Watch continues https://www.wbrz.com/news/more-rain-on-tuesday-flash-flood-watch-continues/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/more-rain-on-tuesday-flash-flood-watch-continues/ Weather Tue, 7 Jul 2020 6:13:00 AM Meteorologist Marisa Nuzzo More rain on Tuesday, Flash Flood Watch continues

***FLASH FLOOD WATCH*** remains active through 7 p.m. this evening. Areas that flooded on Monday will be most at risk for flooding again this afternoon.

THE FORECAST:

Today and Tonight: Another rainy day is in store. The morning hours will be cloudy but mostly dry. Afternoon showers will start to pop up around noon and become more widespread by the evening. Showers will be capable of brief downpours and the Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through 7pm tonight. Areas that see rain should look out for water in the roadways. Highs will be near 87 degrees. Shower activity will die out as the sun goes down. Overnight lows will be near 75.

 

Up Next: Afternoon showers and storms will be possible again on Wednesday. Drier air will be moving in, decreasing the frequency and intensity of storms that form tomorrow. Temperatures will top out in the upper 80s. Thursday will be drier and warmer with temperatures climbing well into the 90s and afternoon pop-up showers very few in number. Overnight lows will warm up a little too and be near 76. Just a few showers and storms are expected each afternoon as we approach the weekend.

 

The Tropics: Tropical Storm Edouard became a post tropical cyclone on Monday afternoon. The maximum sustained winds are near 45mph and little to no change in strength is in the forecast. Edouard will likely be absorbed into a larger atmospheric boundary today. The National Hurricane Center is no longer issuing outlooks for Edouard. 

Closer to home, a small low pressure inland over central Georgia is associated with disorganized thunderstorm activity. Though significant development is unlikely, the low is expected to become more defined as it moves northeast toward the Carolinas. The main threats with this system are increased storm activity in the impacted areas. Once the low reemerges over the Atlantic, some development is possible. Regardless of development, the low is forecast to produce locally heavy rainfall that could cause flash flooding across portions of the southeastern U.S. during the next couple of days. Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent. Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.

 

THE EXPLANATION:

Our viewing area is situated on a boundary between two ridges. This is creating ample instability and lift for prolonged showers and storms for Tuesday. A ridge that is currently over the 4 Corners will start to dig and expand eastward toward us on Wednesday. This will increase subsidence and bring dry air further east. Rain chances and coverage will slowly decline as this dry air moves in. 500 mb heights are also expected to increase. Temperatures will climb well into the 90s by the end of the week.  
--Marisa

 

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Storms on Tuesday may produce heavy rainfall https://www.wbrz.com/news/storms-on-tuesday-may-produce-heavy-rainfall/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/storms-on-tuesday-may-produce-heavy-rainfall/ Weather Mon, 6 Jul 2020 2:28:03 PM Storms on Tuesday may produce heavy rainfall

Tonight and Tomorrow: Tonight, we'll see a clear off of the heavy showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy skies will remain with lows in the mid 70s. Tomorrow, expect another round of showers and thunderstorms - especially during the afternoon hours. A few could be heavy at times, similar to what occurred today. Remember, the flooding concerns happen when storms move slowly and dump a lot of rain in a short amount of time.

Looking Ahead: Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected Wednesday afternoon, but coverage will not be as widespread. By Thursday, our pattern will turn much drier and hotter. By the weekend, we could see high temperatures in the mid 90s!

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Flash Flood Watch issued through Tuesday https://www.wbrz.com/news/flash-flood-watch-issued-through-tuesday/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/flash-flood-watch-issued-through-tuesday/ Weather Mon, 6 Jul 2020 6:04:31 AM Meteorologist Marisa Nuzzo Flash Flood Watch issued through Tuesday

***FLASH FLOOD WATCH***

Showers and thunderstorms are expected across the area today and tomorrow with the possibility of heavy downpours from any of the storms. Several locations around the area have already received several inches of rainfall over the past few days and grounds have become saturated. Any additional rainfall could cause flash flooding across these areas.

Some localized total rainfall accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are likely with isolated higher amounts possible. Localized flash flooding will be possible across the area.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

THE FORECAST: 

Today and Tonight: Monday, we start off the week with much more rain. As we move through the afternoon hours, rain coverage will become more widespread. Most of us will see some rain today. When it’s not raining, it will be cloudy and temperatures will climb to near 86 degrees. Some showers may linger into the overnight hours keeping lows near 74.

Up Next: Tuesday will be rainy too, similar to today with highs near 87 degrees. Showers and storms will become less widespread on Wednesday and more isolated by Thursday. Through the week highs will slowly climb back into the mid 90s by the weekend. 

The Tropics: Tropical Depression Five was named Tropical Storm Edouard late on Sunday night. Edouard is located far off the east coast of the US and is moving northeast at 36mph. The maximum sustained winds are near 40mph and little to no change in strength is in the forecast. Edouard will likely become post-tropical later late Monday. 

Closer to home, a small low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico near the Florida Panhandle is associated with disorganized thunderstorm activity. Though significant development is unlikely, the low is expected to become more defined as it moves northeast toward the Carolinas. The main threats with this system are increased storm activity in the impacted areas. 

Additionally, a strong tropical wave, centered about 650 miles east of the Windward Islands, is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Some slight development of this system is possible today before environmental conditions become hostile for development on Tuesday. The wave is forecast to move through the Lesser Antilles on Tuesday and could produce locally heavy rainfall as well as gusty winds on some of those islands. Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent. Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.

THE EXPLANATION:

Our viewing area is situated on a boundary between two ridges. This is creating ample instability and lift for prolonged showers and storms for Monday and Tuesday. A ridge that is currently over the 4 Corners will start to dig and expand eastward toward us on Wednesday. This will increase subsidence and bring dry air further east. Rain chances and coverage will slowly decline as this dry air moves in. 500 mb heights are also expected to increase. Temperatures will climb well into the 90s by the end of the week.  

 --Marisa

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Tropical Storm Edouard forms in the north Atlantic https://www.wbrz.com/news/tropical-storm-edouard-forms-in-the-north-atlantic/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/tropical-storm-edouard-forms-in-the-north-atlantic/ Weather Sun, 5 Jul 2020 9:56:01 PM Meteorologist Jake Dalton Tropical Storm Edouard forms in the north Atlantic

Tropical Depression Five has strengthened into Tropical Storm Edouard with 40 mph winds. Edouard is racing to the northeast at 35 mph, away from the United States.

Edouard is now the earliest fifth named storm on record for the Atlantic basin, beating the previous record of July 11th (Hurricane Emily) from the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

There is no threat to the mainland United States, as the system will stay over open waters.

Remember, the hurricane season continues through the end of November. We typically see our peak in tropical activity in mid September.

-- Meteorologist Jake Dalton


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Daily chance for storms continues, watching the tropics https://www.wbrz.com/news/daily-chance-for-storms-continues-watching-the-tropics/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/daily-chance-for-storms-continues-watching-the-tropics/ Weather Sat, 4 Jul 2020 10:23:47 PM Meteorologist Jake Dalton Daily chance for storms continues, watching the tropics

Tonight and Tomorrow: Tonight, a few overnight showers are possible but most will remain dry and muggy. Lows will be in the mid 70s. Tomorrow, expect numerous showers and thunderstorms through out the day. A few could be heavy at times. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.

Looking Ahead: This soggy pattern will continue into at least Tuesday of this week before rain chances come down a bit. An upper level trough is parked over the Gulf south and until it begins to move away from the area, rain chances will remain on the higher side. By the later half of the week, we'll be under the influence of a high pressure ridge, meaning we'll start to trend drier and warmer into next weekend. Highs will warm into the mid 90s through out the end of the week.

The Tropics: We're monitoring two areas in the tropics. Tropical Depression Five formed over the western Atlantic Saturday morning and is now pulling away from Bermuda. There is still a chance for the tropical depression to organize into a tropical storm, which would give it the name Edouard. If it does acquire a name, it will be the earliest fifth named storm on record in the Atlantic basin. The current record is July 11 of the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane season. This system will stay over open waters and not impact land.

A weak area of low pressure in the northern Gulf of Mexico, which has been responsible for keeping our rain chances on the high side, has a low chance of tropical development the next two days before moving over the northern Gulf Coast. Next week, the area of low pressure will move offshore of the Carolina's where further organization is possible.

-- Meteorologist Jake Dalton

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Tropical Depression Five develops over the western Atlantic https://www.wbrz.com/news/tropical-depression-five-develops-over-the-western-atlantic/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/tropical-depression-five-develops-over-the-western-atlantic/ Weather Sat, 4 Jul 2020 9:56:04 AM Meteorologist Jake Dalton Tropical Depression Five develops over the western Atlantic

Tropical Depression Five formed Saturday morning over the western Atlantic. Tropical Depression Five is expected to become Tropical Storm Edouard by Saturday night as it passes near Bermuda. This would be the earliest fifth named storm on record, beating the previous record of July 11th from the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

There is no threat to the mainland United States, as the system will likely stay over open waters.

Remember, the hurricane season continues through the end of November. We typically see our peak in tropical activity in mid September.

-- Meteorologist Jake Dalton


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Showers and storms continue through the weekend https://www.wbrz.com/news/showers-and-storms-continue-through-the-weekend/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/showers-and-storms-continue-through-the-weekend/ Weather Fri, 3 Jul 2020 3:34:22 PM Meteorologist Jake Dalton Showers and storms continue through the weekend

Tonight and Tomorrow: Tonight, most of us will remain dry but muggy. Lows will be around 76. Tomorrow, temperatures will climb to the upper 80s between on and off showers and storms. A few could be heavy at times. While an all day wash out is not expected, most of us will see rain at some point through out the day. Have a back up plan to head indoors if you're planning on doing any outdoor activities.

Looking Ahead: This somewhat soggy pattern will continue through the holiday weekend, and even into at least Tuesday of next week before rain chances come down a bit. An upper level trough is parked over the Gulf south and until it begins to move away from the area, rain chances will remain on the higher side. Over the next five days we could see widespread rainfall totals of 2" - 4" with locally higher amounts.

-- Meteorologist Jake Dalton

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Rain to cool things down https://www.wbrz.com/news/rain-to-cool-things-down/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/rain-to-cool-things-down/ Weather Fri, 3 Jul 2020 5:39:43 AM Meteorologist Marisa Nuzzo Rain to cool things down

Name of the game this weekend will be… Rain Cooled Air.

THE FORECAST: 

Today and Tonight: Temperatures will climb to near 90 between on and off showers. We will have a hot afternoon but those who see some rain will have much more comfortable temperatures. Most of us will likely see at least some rain today. Low temperatures will struggle to be cooler than 76. The humidity will be oppressive when it’s not actively raining. Stay hydrated!

Sun and Heat Safety: Some friendly reminders for your summer of fun events—sunburn can occur in less than 15 minutes with the extreme U.V. Index typical of this time of year. In addition to that, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can set in just as quickly. Seek medical attention if you or somebody you know is affected. While we all enjoy a list of cool beverages, be sure water is at least a part of that list! Finally, look before you lock. DO NOT leave people or pets in an unattended car. 

 

Up Next: Highs will remain in the upper 80s for Saturday and Sunday, and more widespread rain is expected. Pockets of sunshine will bring humidity between rounds of rain. Saturday looks rainier with on and off showers expected for most of the day. The rainy pattern will continue through Sunday and early next week. Locally large amounts of rainfall will be possible with the rain this weekend. There is a risk of flooding for areas that receive several rounds of heavy rain. Overnight lows in the mid-70s. Have an indoor plan in case you get cause in a shower this weekend. Monday will continue to be rainy on and off, there will be plenty of sun to heat temperatures to about 90 degrees.

 

The Tropics: No active advisories.

THE EXPLANATION:

A stationary boundary is going to move south over the viewing area today. This will be the main lifting mechanism to support on and off rain in the afternoon hours. Temperatures are likely to drop into the upper 80s. The front will stall, and continue to provide instability and lift for rain through Tuesday. 

 --Marisa

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Keep an eye on the radar https://www.wbrz.com/news/keep-an-eye-on-the-radar/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/keep-an-eye-on-the-radar/ Weather Thu, 2 Jul 2020 5:48:12 AM Meteorologist Marisa Nuzzo Keep an eye on the radar

1 PM UPDATE:

We are keeping an eye on the radar as a line of storms moves south from Mississippi. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a level 1, marginal risk, for strong wind associated with these storms. Areas north and east of Baton Rouge (including Baton Rouge) should stay weather aware this evening. Some brief downpours, gusty wind, and frequent lightning will be possible on your evening commute. Track it along with us on our weather app and stay with us as the situation evolves.

THE FORECAST: 

Today and Tonight: Temperatures will climb to near 93 but with high dew points, the “feels like” temperatures will be closer to 100 degrees or higher. Some rain will offer relief from the heat. A round of showers will move through from northeast to southwest in the evening hours. There will still be several hours of hot sunshine in the afternoon. Low temperatures will struggle to be cooler than 77. The humidity will be oppressive and the UV index is high 9/12. Limit time outdoors and stay hydrated.

Sun and Heat Safety: Some friendly reminders for your summer of fun events—sunburn can occur in less than 15 minutes with the extreme U.V. Index typical of this time of year. In addition to that, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can set in just as quickly. Seek medical attention if you or somebody you know is affected. While we all enjoy a list of cool beverages, be sure water is at least a part of that list! Finally, look before you lock. DO NOT leave people or pets in an unattended car. 

 

Up Next: Highs will remain in the 90s for Friday too, but more widespread rain is expected. Pockets of sunshine will bring humidity between rounds of rain. Saturday looks rainy too with on and off showers expected for most of the day. Rain will knock the high temperatures down to about 88. The rainy pattern will continue through Sunday and early next week. Temperatures will be in the upper 80s and low 90s with overnight lows in the mid 70s. 

The Tropics: No active advisories.

THE EXPLANATION:

The Bermuda high is helping to sustain southerly flow and provide moisture for afternoon convection. An upper-level ridge will shift west while a trough digs on Thursday. This pattern will persist through the weekend. An area of enhanced vorticity will bring more rain chances and potentially an MCS overnight on Thursday into Friday. An upper level low will become the dominating feature as we move into the weekend, enhancing convective activity during peak heating hours. Temperatures are likely to drop into the upper 80s for your highs. Additionally, an upper-level trough will remain in place, also enhancing lift and convection for all hours of the day Friday and Saturday.

 --Marisa

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June in review: temperatures and rainfall https://www.wbrz.com/news/june-in-review-temperatures-and-rainfall/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/june-in-review-temperatures-and-rainfall/ Weather Wed, 1 Jul 2020 10:55:53 AM Meteorologist Marisa Nuzzo June in review: temperatures and rainfall


TEMPERATURES:
June had above-average temperatures for 13 out of the 30 days (red), below-average temperatures for 10 out of the 30 days, and 7 days hit exactly on the average.


RAIN:
June had 17 dry days (tan) and 13 days with rain (green). The rainfall from the 5th- 10th was associated with Tropical Storm Cristobal, and Baton Rouge was hit hardest on Monday the 7th with 2.47 inches of rain. Cristobal was not the heaviest rainmaker this past month.


On June 24th, Baton Rouge broke a record for the largest amount of rainfall on that day with 3.34 inches. This was the day a strong line of storms moved through the entire viewing area. Many lost power and you were probably in a severe thunderstorm warning at some point that afternoon. This is just proof that all storms can pack a punch and it does not take a hurricane or a tropical system to cause damage to roofs and trees.


Between those two rain events, we had a dry stretch with dew point temperatures in the 50s and 60s. Good hair days and blue skies… remember that?


THE RELATION:
Notice the tan and red boxes and the blue and green boxes tend to fall on the same days. When we have rain, it helps to cool the air, and a lot of the time it will cool below average for the day. When there is no rain, the atmosphere heats more efficiently. That’s why from the 14th-20th all the temperatures are at or above average.


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Heat Advisory day two https://www.wbrz.com/news/heat-advisory-day-two/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/heat-advisory-day-two/ Weather Wed, 1 Jul 2020 5:49:06 AM Meteorologist Marisa Nuzzo Heat Advisory day two

The National Weather Service has issued a *HEAT ADVISORY* for all local parishes except St. Mary until 7pm Wednesday. The heat index, or feels like temperature will range from 104 to 108 degrees. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.

THE FORECAST:

Today and Tonight: Today will look very similar to yesterday. Temperatures will climb to near 92 but with high dew points, the “feels like” temperatures will be closer to 100 degrees or higher. A few afternoon showers are possible, we are expecting only 10% coverage. Most of us will stay dry. The humidity will be oppressive and UV index is in the extreme 11/12. Limit time outdoors and stay hydrated. Overnight tonight things won’t cool much past 78 degrees.

 

Sun and Heat Safety: Some friendly reminders for your summer of fun events—sunburn can occur in less than 15 minutes with the extreme U.V. Index typical of this time of year. In addition to that, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can set in just as quickly. Seek medical attention if you or somebody you know is affected. While we all enjoy a list of cool beverages, be sure water is at least a part of that list! Finally, look before you lock. DO NOT leave people or pets in an unattended car.

 

Up Next: Beware that 90s will feel more like 100s for Thursday too. Some rain will offer relief from the heat. A round of showers in the afternoon will move from the northeast to the southwest. Low temperatures will struggle to be cooler than 77. Highs will remain in the 90s through Friday before more rain and cooler temperatures and more rain move in for the weekend. Friday looks like it will be the wettest day in the forecast. More widespread rain will be possible on Friday and it will linger into Saturday too. We will continue to monitor changes as we move closer to the weekend.

 

The Tropics: No active advisories.

 

THE EXPLANATION:

Through Wednesday the regular summertime pattern will dominate. The Bermuda high is helping to sustain southerly flow and provide moisture for afternoon convection. An upper level ridge will shift west while a trough digs on Thursday. This pattern will persist through the weekend. An area of enhanced vorticity will bring more rain chances and potentially an MCS overnight on Thursday into Friday. An upper level low will become the dominating feature as we move into the weekend, enhancing convective activity during peak heating hours. Temperatures are likely to drop into the upper 80s for your highs.
--Marisa

 

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YOUR PHOTOS EXPLAINED: a rain shaft and crepuscular rays https://www.wbrz.com/news/your-photos-explained-a-rain-shaft-and-crepuscular-rays/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/your-photos-explained-a-rain-shaft-and-crepuscular-rays/ Weather Tue, 30 Jun 2020 8:20:14 AM Chief Meteorologist Dr. Josh Eachus YOUR PHOTOS EXPLAINED: a rain shaft and crepuscular rays

On Saturday evening, the WBRZ Weather Team received an interesting and beautiful photo from Jacob Oubre in the Baton Rouge area. The photo shows a cloud above a larger deck of clouds with a blurry, hazy area in between. A check of the radar revealed that a shower was occurring around that time. With this, it can be inferred that the blurry area below the higher cloud is a rain shaft—a visible column of rain falling from the base of the cloud. It is worth noting, that clouds rain out from the base upward so it is possible this cloud was previously much lower or even one with the clouds seen below.

The sun setting behind the clouds illuminated the rain shaft making for a particularly spectacular and defining view of the rain shaft. Sunbeams that originate below the horizon during twilight hours are known as crepuscular rays. These can sometimes have an orange tint due to the amount of air particles they must shine through and are most vivid when the contrast from light to dark is high.

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Baton Rouge area under heat advisory; It could feel like 108 degrees today https://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-area-under-heat-advisory-it-could-feel-like-108-degrees-today/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-area-under-heat-advisory-it-could-feel-like-108-degrees-today/ Weather Tue, 30 Jun 2020 5:42:06 AM Meteorologist Marisa Nuzzo Baton Rouge area under heat advisory; It could feel like 108 degrees today

Welcome to summer in south Louisiana! The National Weather Service has issued a *HEAT ADVISORY* for all local parishes except St. Mary until 6pm Tuesday. The heat index, or feels like temperature will range from 104 to 108 degrees. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.

THE FORECAST: 

Today and Tonight: Today will look very similar to yesterday. Temperatures will climb to near 92 but with high dew points, the “feels like” temperatures will be closer to 100 degrees… and it will be very humid. In the morning hours, a few preexisting showers may creep into our most northern counties and parishes. A few afternoon showers are possible with slightly more coverage expected than yesterday, also accounting for any morning rain, about 30%. Overnight tonight things won’t cool much past 77 degrees.

 

Up Next: The summertime pattern will continue for the next few days. Temperatures in the low 90s and overnight lows near 76 with very high humidity on Wednesday. Beware that 90s will feel more like 100s. We can’t rule out a few showers each afternoon, we are only expecting 20% coverage on Wednesday and Thursday. Low temperatures will struggle to be cooler than 76. Highs will remain in the 90s through Friday before more rain and cooler temperatures and more rain move in for the weekend. 

The Tropics: A trough of low pressure is located off the coast of North Carolina. Significant development of this system is not anticipated while it moves generally northeastward, away from the east coast of the United States, and merges with a frontal boundary. Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent. Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.

 

THE EXPLANATION:

Today some preexisting rain bands in Northern Louisiana will drive some rain possibilities for our northernmost counties and parishes. Through Wednesday the regular summertime pattern will dominate. The Bermuda high is helping to sustain southerly flow and provide moisture for afternoon convection. An upper-level ridge will shift west while a trough digs on Thursday. This pattern will persist through the weekend. An area of enhanced vorticity will bring more rain chances and potentially an MCS overnight on Thursday into Friday. An upper level low will become the dominating feature as we move into the weekend, enhancing convective activity during peak heating hours. Temperatures are likely to drop into the upper 80s for your highs. 

 --Marisa

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Was Spring 2020 nicer than usual? https://www.wbrz.com/news/was-spring-2020-nicer-than-usual-/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/was-spring-2020-nicer-than-usual-/ Weather Mon, 29 Jun 2020 10:29:13 AM Chief Meteorologist Dr. Josh Eachus Was Spring 2020 nicer than usual?

Was it just me, or did we have really pleasant weather over the last few months… like the kind of weather that makes you want to be outside? Or, did we just spend more time outside than usual due to the coronavirus quarantine? Perhaps, it was a little bit of both.

As is typical for the WBRZ Weather Team, we let data do the talking. There are a couple of (subjective) ways to characterize “nice” weather. For these purposes, we picked three: sun, mild temperatures and low humidity.

Before sharing our results, these parameters were used. Data was collected from March, the beginning of climatological spring to June 20, or about the time that astronomical summer begins. Climatological spring ends on May 31, but we included a chunk of June because we wanted to see what the data said about a cold front that passed in Mid-June allowing for some unseasonably low humidity. Due to the limited availability of dew point data, which we use to gauge humidity and how it is feeling outside, our time period will just go back to 2006.

First, the easy one: rainy versus dry days. 2020 was not much different from an average year. 47 of the 112 days in 2020 registered rain whereas the 19-year period averaged 45 days with rain. Actually, May had a significantly higher number of days with rain (15) compared to average (11.6).

Second, temperatures also did not stray very far from normal. March was significantly warmer than usual while April, May and June were all within a degree or so of average.  

Third, we categorize the humidity: dew point temperatures. Here there was a mixed bag of results. March and April 2020 were slightly more humid (higher dew points) than previous years while May and early June were slightly less humid (lower dew points). However, none of the numbers were significantly (statistically) different from the averages. It is possible that since the months of May and June were a little less humid than usual, that helped the perception of a more comfortable spring because those months are when higher humidity truly begins to return for the warm season. So, any breaks, are noticeable and welcome!

The bottom line is that data does not necessarily prove our spring weather was any nicer than usual. It is possible some of us perceived this just by virtue of being able to spend more time outside than in years past. See, it’s not so bad out there!   


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Feels like triple digits https://www.wbrz.com/news/feels-like-triple-digits/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/feels-like-triple-digits/ Weather Mon, 29 Jun 2020 6:13:04 AM Meteorologist Marisa Nuzzo Feels like triple digits

Muggy, soupy, sticky, whatever you call it... it's not pleasant.

THE FORECAST: 

Today and Tonight: Just a few showers are expected to pop-up this afternoon, mostly along the sea breeze front as it moves in. We will have partly sunny skies and temperatures near 92 to start your week. It will be very humid with dew points in the upper 70s. This will make the “feels like” temperatures climb well into the triple digits. In the hottest hours of today, it will feel like 100 degrees. Overnight lows will be near 76.

 

Up Next: The summertime pattern will continue for the next few days. Temperatures in the low 90s and overnight lows near 75 with very high humidity on Tuesday and Wednesday. Beware that 90s will feel more like 100s. We can’t rule out a few showers each afternoon, we are only expecting between 20-30% coverage on Tuesday and Wednesday. Starting Thursday into the nighttime hours, look out for more widespread rain, 50-60%. Highs will remain in the 90s through Friday before more rain and cooler temperatures move in for the weekend. 

 

The Tropics: Shower and thunderstorm activity associated with a tropical wave located over the central tropical Atlantic has increased during the past few hours. Some slight development of the wave is possible during the next day or so while it moves westward to west-northwestward at around 20 mph. Strong upper-level winds are forecast to inhibit further development by mid-week. Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent. Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.

 

An area of low pressure is forecast to form off of the southeastern coast of the United States on Tuesday. Some development of this system could then occur later this week as it moves generally northeastward well offshore of the east coast of the United States. Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent. Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

 

THE EXPLANATION:

The sea breeze will be the main lifting force for any rain this afternoon. Through Wednesday the regular summertime pattern will dominate. The Bermuda high is helping to sustain southerly flow and provide moisture for afternoon convection. An upper-level ridge will shift west while a trough digs on Thursday. This pattern will persist through the weekend. An area of enhanced vorticity will bring more rain chances and potentially an MCS overnight on Thursday into Friday. An upper level low will become the dominating feature as we move into the weekend, enhancing convective activity during peak heating hours. Temperatures are likely to drop into the upper 80s for your highs. 

 --Marisa

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Hot and humid start to the week https://www.wbrz.com/news/hot-and-humid-start-to-the-week/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/hot-and-humid-start-to-the-week/ Weather Sun, 28 Jun 2020 8:50:46 AM Meteorologist Jake Dalton Hot and humid start to the week

Tonight and Tomorrow: Tonight, expect warm and muggy conditions with lows around 76. Expect mostly sunny skies tomorrow with highs around 92. Pop-up afternoon showers and storms will be possible, especially after 2 pm.

Looking Ahead:

As we look into the extended forecast, we're going to be locked into a typical summer time pattern through the beginning of next week. That means, daily afternoon shower and thunderstorm chances. While no day will be a total wash out, summer time storms can sometimes pack a punch with heavy downpours, gusty winds and frequent lightning.

Better chances for rain look to come in Fourth of July weekend.

-- Meteorologist Jake Dalton

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Rain chances continue through the weekend https://www.wbrz.com/news/rain-chances-continue-through-the-weekend/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/rain-chances-continue-through-the-weekend/ Weather Fri, 26 Jun 2020 2:09:06 PM Meteorologist Jake Dalton Rain chances continue through the weekend

Tonight and Tomorrow: We'll remain dry but very muggy overnight with lows around 76. Tomorrow, a very similar story as Saturday. A dry morning will give way to a few pop-up storms in the afternoon. Highs will be around 91.

Looking Ahead:

As we look into the extended forecast, we're going to be locked into a typical summer time pattern through the beginning of next week. That means, daily afternoon shower and thunderstorm chances. While no day will be a total wash out, summer time storms can sometimes pack a punch with heavy downpours, gusty winds and frequent lightning.

A more active pattern looks possible as we head into Fourth of July weekend.

-- Meteorologist Jake Dalton

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Afternoon showers and Air Quality Alert https://www.wbrz.com/news/afternoon-showers-and-air-quality-alert/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/afternoon-showers-and-air-quality-alert/ Weather Fri, 26 Jun 2020 5:12:04 AM Meteorologist Marisa Nuzzo Afternoon showers and Air Quality Alert

Thank you for keeping yourself save during this week’s severe weather. Today our only severe threats will be in terms of air quality.

 

THE FORECAST:

Today and Tonight: Expect a few showers to bubble up in the afternoon hours, but we will be mostly dry. Plenty of sunshine behind a dusty haze will put high temperatures near 90 this afternoon, but it will be very humid. Overnight lows will be near 74.

 

An *AIR QUALITY ALERT* has been issued for the Baton Rouge area for Friday. A high concentration of Saharan Dust combined with warm temperatures and light morning winds will reduce pollutant dispersion and enhance low level ozone formation. Therefore, air quality levels will be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups in the Baton Rouge area. READ MORE about what to do and how to help by clicking here.

 

Up Next: Saturday will be a similar story to today, but we can expect larger rain coverage throughout the day, about 40%. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday have between a 20%-30% chance for afternoon rain and temperatures will be in the low 90s. Any showers will be capable of gusty winds and frequent lightning. When it’s not raining, it will be muggy and overnight lows (or not so lows) will be near 74 degrees.

 

The Tropics: No active advisories.

 

THE EXPLANATION:

An upper level trough will move offshore today and in its place a ridge will build northward for the weekend. A high pressure center over the norther Gulf will contribute to drier conditions today. Peak heating hours are likely to initiate convection for some areas on Friday afternoon. A more typical summertime pattern will begin on Monday with showers and thunderstorms possible each afternoon. Gusty winds and frequent lightning will be a daily threat.  
--Marisa

 

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Air Quality Action Day for Baton Rouge area https://www.wbrz.com/news/air-quality-action-day-for-baton-rouge-area/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/air-quality-action-day-for-baton-rouge-area/ Weather Thu, 25 Jun 2020 4:11:38 PM WBRZ Weather Air Quality Action Day for Baton Rouge area

** AIR QUALITY ADVISORY WILL GO INTO EFFECT FROM 6 AM FRIDAY TO MIDNIGHT **

Southerly winds on Thursday have transported a significant plume of Saharan dust into Louisiana, increasing particle concentrations, despite thunderstorm activity. Friday, conditions will be favorable for more Saharan Dust to be transported into the Bayou State. Air Quality Index values will be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups across southern Louisiana Friday. Pollutant carryover into Saturday will yield Moderate AQI levels statewide.

This area includes East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston, Ascension and Pointe Coupee parishes. The weather conditions will be favorable for the formation of ozone.

The Air Quality Index indicates that ozone will be at the orange level, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups. Increasing ozone levels may cause unhealthy air quality during afternoon hours. Active children and adults, the elderly and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activities and exertion.

What you can do to help reduce the formation of ozone:

- Drive less. Carpool, walk and bike, combine errands and care for your car. Be sure your gas cap is on tight.

- Refuel your vehicle, mow grass and use gas powered lawn equipment and off road vehicles after 6 p.m.

- Postpone chores that use oil based paint, varnishes and solvents that produce flame.

- If you barbeque, use an electric starter instead of starter fluid.

- Take your lunch to work or walk to lunch

- Conserve Energy in your home

Incorporating these tips into your daily routines can make a significant difference. We all have a stake in better air quality.

SPREAD THE WORD by telling family, friends, co-workers and neighbors about OZONE ACTION DAYS.

More information about current air quality and what you can do to help prevent ozone formation is available online at the DEQ website www.deq.louisiana.gov


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Saharan Dust and your health https://www.wbrz.com/news/saharan-dust-and-your-health/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/saharan-dust-and-your-health/ Weather Thu, 25 Jun 2020 9:57:58 AM WBRZ Weather Saharan Dust and your health

You may have heard some discussion on the Saharan Dust plume over the last few weeks. Saharan dust usually gets carried off the western coast of Africa this time of year.

Sometimes, it makes it to the southeastern coast of the United States due to the westerly flow of the atmosphere, and this year is no exception. The Saharan Dust has arrived in southern Louisiana. As early as Thursday morning, some places began to see the haze.

Though it makes for some interesting optics, the dust also impacts our air quality. If you are sensitive to changes in air quality or an allergy sufferer, be prepared for the changes that are to come.

AIR QUALITY UPDATE THURSDAY 10:30am

The air quality is projected to decrease but should remain in the moderate category for the rest of the day on Thursday.

If you are sensitive to air quality and allergens, here are some tips from the experts:

1.) Stay up to date with the local forecast on the Saharan Dust

2.) Wearing a face mask outdoors can help keep dust particles out of your nose and mouth

3.) Keep up with your allergy medications

4.) Talk to your allergist

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