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LSU Agcenter Climate Update

LSU AgCenter weekly weather summaries are provided by interim state climatologist Jay Grymes.

Weekly weather summary as of Tuesday, March 11.

A slow moving. Cold front from the north worked its way through Louisiana on March 6-7, with a second cold front pushing through the state from NW-to-SE on March 8-9.

7-day average temperatures were generally 2° to 7° above-normal for the week with many locations around the state reaching the 80°s on one or more dates. No freezes were reported. For the 7-day period.

7-day rainfall was above-normal for many locations, ranging from 1” to 3” for much of the state, helping to further trim local moisture deficits and drought conditions for a number of parishes. However, a swath of parishes through central Louisiana remain in ‘Moderate Drought’ Based on the latest U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM).

The outlook for the upcoming week (March 11-17) calls for another run of wet days from Thursday through Sunday (March 14-17). 7-day projections from the NWS Weather Prediction Center (WPC) calls for widespread 2” to 3” rains Across most of the Bayou State with rains of 1” or more for the southernmost parishes.

Note: 7-day data are largely based on NWS Cooperative and CoCoRaHS daily reports for March 3-10. A majority of these locations provide daily (24-hour) summaries at 7:00 or 8:00 AM each day.

Weekly Summary for LA (2024-03-04 to 2024-03-10)


Division/Station

Air Temperature

Precipitation

Max

Min

Avg

Norm

DFN*

1 Wk

Rain Days

Msg

DFN*

4 Wks

4 Wks DFN*

Northwest












Red River Research Station

72.2

48.0

60.08

55.36

4.77

1.99

3.0

0.0

0.79

2.32

-2.22

Minden

M

M

M

54.69

M

M

M

M

M

M

M

Mooringsport 1 N

71.9

55.0

63.43

54.97

8.46

3.03

3.0

0.0

1.89

4.56

0.14

Shreveport Southern Hills

75.1

52.0

63.57

54.43

9.14

1.8

3.0

0.0

0.56

2.82

-1.97

Extreme/Average

73.1

51.7

62.36

54.86

7.46

2.27

3

M

1.08

3.23

-1.35

North Central












Calhoun 2 N

M

M

M

53.56

M

M

M

M

M

M

M

Homer 1N

70.9

51.7

61.29

52.29

9.0

2.0

5.0

0.0

0.57

2.84

-2.63

Farmerville

M

M

M

54.79

M

M

M

M

M

M

M

Extreme/Average

70.9

51.7

61.29

53.55

9.00

2.00

5

M

0.57

2.84

-2.63

Northeast












Lake Providence

M

M

M

53.76

M

M

M

M

M

M

M

St Joseph 3 N

79.7

58.7

69.17

55.93

13.4

1.97

2.0

4.0

1.37

8.18

5.24

Winnsboro 5 Sse

73.4

54.6

64.0

55.93

8.07

3.0

4.0

0.0

1.77

3.66

-1.41

Tallulah

M

M

M

57.54

M

M

M

M

M

M

M

Extreme/Average

76.6

56.7

66.59

55.79

10.73

2.48

4

M

1.57

5.92

1.92

West Central












Leesville

76.9

53.1

65.0

57.77

7.23

0.28

4.0

0.0

-0.98

2.36

-2.26

Natchitoches #2

72.4

54.0

63.21

56.5

6.71

2.5

4.0

0.0

1.29

3.75

-1.09

Ashland

M

M

M

54.77

M

M

M

M

M

M

M

Hodges Gardens

M

M

M

56.63

M

M

M

M

M

M

M

Extreme/Average

74.7

53.5

64.11

56.42

6.97

1.39

4

M

0.16

3.05

-1.67

Central












Alexandria

74.6

56.3

65.43

57.03

8.4

0.65

4.0

0.0

-0.56

0.89

-3.96

Jonesville Locks

75.0

55.1

65.07

55.49

9.59

3.2

4.0

0.0

1.83

5.42

0.43

Eunice

M

M

M

59.07

M

M

M

M

M

M

M

Bunkie

74.0

57.0

65.5

58.33

7.17

4.45

5.0

0.0

3.33

5.25

0.86

New Roads 5 Ne

73.8

59.5

66.62

59.67

7.3

1.68

3.0

3.0

1.01

2.31

-1.96

Extreme/Average

74.3

57.0

65.66

57.92

8.11

2.50

5

M

1.40

3.47

-1.16

East Central












St. Francisville

M

M

M

M

M

M

M

M

M

1.01

-2.3

Ponchatoula

75.4

55.4

65.43

M

M

1.66

3.0

0.0

0.28

2.2

-2.77

Covington 8 Wnw

76.5

59.2

67.88

59.1

9.07

1.09

2.0

3.0

0.35

1.86

-2.32

Slidell

71.9

58.6

65.21

59.07

6.14

2.76

3.0

0.0

1.51

4.78

0.45

Extreme/Average

74.6

57.7

66.17

59.09

7.61

1.84

3

M

0.71

2.46

-1.74

Southwest












De Ridder

M

M

M

58.47

M

M

M

M

M

M

M

Jennings

76.3

56.1

66.21

59.13

7.09

1.07

4.0

0.0

0.2

1.53

-2.57

Crowley 2 Ne

M

M

M

59.61

M

1.09

2.0

3.0

0.53

1.5

-2.07

Oberlin Fire Tower

M

M

M

58.04

M

M

M

M

M

0.0

-2.77

Extreme/Average

76.3

56.1

66.21

58.81

7.09

1.08

4

M

0.36

1.01

-2.47

South Central












Donaldsonville 4 Sw

77.1

56.9

67.0

60.0

7.0

1.45

2.0

0.0

0.43

2.56

-1.43

Jeanerette 5 Nw

78.2

55.8

67.0

59.51

7.8

0.59

2.0

3.0

0.02

3.05

-0.41

Morgan City

M

M

M

61.44

M

M

M

M

M

M

M

Lafayette

M

M

M

59.63

M

M

M

M

M

M

M

Carville 2 Sw

75.7

59.7

67.67

60.3

7.77

1.89

2.0

4.0

1.38

4.19

0.06

Extreme/Average

77.0

57.5

67.22

60.18

7.52

1.31

2

M

0.61

3.27

-0.59

Southeast












Galliano

M

M

M

61.39

M

M

M

M

M

M

M

New Orleans Audubon

76.0

62.2

69.12

63.53

5.88

5.36

2.0

3.0

4.71

9.58

5.89

Gonzales

M

M

M

M

M

2.25

3.0

0.0

1.1

3.1

-1.29

Chalmette

74.5

61.5

68.0

60.44

7.9

3.9

2.0

3.0

3.39

6.75

3.03

Thibodaux 4 Se

74.6

59.0

66.79

62.29

4.5

1.78

3.0

0.0

0.62

4.93

0.61

Extreme/Average

75.0

60.9

67.97

61.91

6.09

3.32

3

M

2.45

6.09

2.06













State

74.6

56.0

65.34

57.73

7.80

2.05

4

M

1.03

3.39

-0.94


* DFN - Departure From Normal M - Missing Value

Data provided by LSU Department of Geography & Anthropology, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 Ph: (225) 578 1063, 2024-03-12 11:57:22

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