Summary: 2-8 Dec 2013
Barry Keim/ State
Climatologist / email@example.com
(Based on preliminary
reports received from approximately
120 NWS Cooperative sites from across the state)
Precipitation and Freezing Rain Hit North Louisiana
weather week opened on 2-4 December with return from off of the Gulf of
Mexico. This led to some unseasonably
warm temperatures across the State, with maximum temperatures reaching into the
upper 70°s in northern
Parishes and low 80°s
across the southern half of the State.
Some temperature records were broken.
On 5-6 December, a strong cold front slowly tracked across Louisiana
from northwest to southeast. The front
then stalled along the Louisiana Coast.
Temperatures were very warm on the south side of the front, and quite
cold behind the front, with temperatures just below freezing in much of northern
Louisiana. This led to a wintry mix of
precipitation across northern Parishes, including freezing rain. Temperatures were mostly in the 30°s and 40° s
in the southern half of Louisiana, after the front passed, but above
freezing. This led to very cold rains
and miserable weather conditions.
Similarly, overrunning clouds and rains continued on 7-8 December
bringing unpleasant conditions to the State.
the week, Statewide precipitation averaged 0.52
inches, which was 0.67 inches below normal. Rainfall was generally heavier in
the Northwest, declining toward the Southeast, though only the North-Central
Climate Division was above normal for the week. Statewide temperature averaged 52°F, which
was an amazing 3°F above normal, though this average is made up of very warm
temperatures at the beginning of the week, and cold temperatures at week’s end.