Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Light at the End of a Cloudy Tunnel is...SUNSHINE!!!

Whew!   It seems like weeks since we've seen mostly sunny days, but finally we are in for a stretch (3 days at least, perhaps 5-7) of lots of sunshine, mild temperatures and NO RAIN!!!   Tonight's rainfall will end after midnight and it'll still be cloudy when daybreak arrives.  Be patient as clearing skies will move in from the west making for a much brighter afternoon.   It will be somewhat cooler (50s) and you'll need jackets & sweaters, but the sunshine will warm our hearts.  After a windy Friday, high pressure will move right over us for Saturday & Sunday keeping skies clear & lowering the surface winds. Temperatures will warm into the 60s after chilly morning lows in the 30s & 40s.   South winds will bring back some clouds late Sunday into Monday with a very week front approaching for Tuesday.  Long range models are starting to hint that an East Coast upper trough will develop after Jan. 15th and that might be the trigger on bringing some real Winter cold into the lower 48?   However, for the next 7-10 days we should see more average to above average temperatures with zero chance for freezing temps south of Lake Pontchartrain.   Historically, our coldest weeks of the Winter happen during the mid part of January.  That will not be the case for January 2019.  What we might see is the coldest air coming later January into February?  Stay tuned!

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