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Sunshine Returns Today With More Windy Weather

The area of low pressure that set off the tornado outbreak across the Southeast U.S. this weekend is finally exiting the U.S.  Dozens of tornadoes were reported from Mississippi to Florida. The tornado that hit Hattiesburg was rated an EF-3 with significant damage reported there.  4 people lost their lives as well, but when you look at the damage, there could have been many more.  

We will still have some wrap around clouds from the upper-level low over us through the morning, but the sunshine will return this afternoon.  It will remain breezy for much of today with winds out of the NW around 15-20 mph.  Use caution when driving across the Causeway and other bridges.  Temperatures will be cooler today with highs in the mid 60s.  High pressure will build over us tonight.  It will be clear and colder with lows in the 40s on both sides of the lake.  

We will have plenty of sunshine on Tuesday as the high moves east of Louisiana.  It will be mild with highs around 70.  

A cold front will move into the Gulf South on Wednesday.  This will make it mostly cloudy with spotty showers moving through by Wednesday Evening.  We will be very mild ahead of the front with highs in the mid 70s.  

Another area of high pressure will build over the Southeast U.S. on Thursday and it will stay over us through the weekend.  We will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy each day.  It will be much cooler with daily highs in the upper 50s.  Lows will be in the 30s north and 40s south.  Finally some Winter temperatures across the New Orleans area!  Make sure you get out and enjoy this nice weather!


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An area of high pressure remains over the Southeast U.S. today.  This will keep us sunny and with the northwest winds over us, we will stay cool.  High temperatures will be in the upper 50s.

Another freeze is expected tonight for the Baton Rouge area.  We will be clear with calm winds and very good radiational cooling.  Low temperatures will fall into the upper 20s to lower 30s.  The NWS has issued a Freeze Warning for areas along and north of the I-10/12 corridor from 2 AM to 8 AM Wednesday Morning.  The freeze could last 2 to 6+ hours and that would be long enough to kill any vegetation.  Make sure you bring in your plants or at least cover them tonight!  Bundle up!

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For all of my friends and family that live in the Northeast is my latest analysis of the winter storm heading your way on Friday into Saturday:

The same area of low pressure that brought the heavy rain and thunderstorms to Louisiana last night and this morning will be moving up the East Coast on Friday.  It will get much stronger and become a  Nor' Easter that will impact all the major cities from Philly to NYC to Boston as well as inland areas.

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If you are wondering what is the deadliest tornado ever to hit in the Baton Rouge was back on April 24, 1908 in Amite, LA to Purvis, MS.  (Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. Environmental Films)  143 people lost their lives.  This was part of the 1908 Dixie Tornado Outbreak.  The storm started around 11:45 AM near Weiss, LA in Livingston Parish and tracked toward St. Helena Parish.  2 people were killed in Denham Springs and 2 in Montpelier.   Then it tracked toward Amite, LA where a path of damage was around 2 miles wide.  29 people were killed there.  It then traveled on the ground to Purvis, MS where the greatest damage was and most of the lives were lost.  The damage path was around 155 miles long.  

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