For many of
you, the only good thing about the recent bout of winter weather is that
it didn't last too long. But even a couple of days cooped-up indoors can
lead to some cabin fever!
with the most recent installment of "Polar Louisiana" but our latest
Arctic slammer is ending Thursday morning with an exclamation mark! Baton
Rouge's pre-dawn low of 17 degrees wasn't a record, but it is the lowest
reading for the city this winter. In fact, it's the lowest reading for the
Capital City since the low of 15 degrees on Feb. 5, of 1996, nearly 20 years
ago! Metro Airport stayed at or below 20 degrees for roughly six hours
Thursday morning with temps at or below freezing for 15 hours or more.
The low for
McComb, MS reached 12 degrees Thursday morning as part of an unbroken run
approaching 60 straight hours at or below freezing! That's the lowest reading
for the city since February 1996, too.
And so, for
the time being, the slogan is, "Goodbye ice! Goodbye arctic cold!"
The warming trend kicks-in Thursday and by the weekend, it will feel like
So, are we
done with winter? Probably not.
averages three to four freeze days during February. And since 1960, there
have only been three years in the month of February - 1990, 2005 and 2008 -
that Baton Rouge was freeze-free. In fact, there has been at least one
freeze after March 1 in nearly half of the past 50 years. So, don't put
the winter clothes in storage just yet.
plan on milder days ahead with highs in the 60s for Friday and temps climbing
up into the 70s for just about all WAFB neighborhoods on Saturday.
rain-maker for the area is not that far down the road, however. Everyone
should plan for isolated afternoon and evening showers in Saturday's forecast
as the next front approaches from the northwest. Rain is likely on Sunday as
the front arrives.
meantime, enjoy the warm-up, survey the freeze and ice damage in the garden and
be very thankful this is the Sportsman's Paradise and not Minnesota!