NOAA predicts wetter than normal winter for Louisiana and Gulf South
Posted on 10/19/2018 12:43:00 PM.

It may be a warmer than normal winter outlook across most of the country, but forecasts say Louisiana will be in for an average Bayou Winter, with above average rain totals. State Climatologist Barry Keim says that’s due to the likely presence of a weak El Nino that’s sending cloudy weather our way.

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Cool weather finally arrives!
Posted on 10/11/2018 3:24:00 AM.

Thursday morning’s nice, cool weather may be here to stay for another week according to State Climatologist Barry Keim. A cold front has settled in, bringing with it temperatures as low as the 50s this morning in North Louisiana. Keim says unlike previous glimpses at fall weather in past weeks, this might be the real deal.

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Tropics super active as we hit the statistical peak of hurricane season
Posted on 9/10/2018 6:49:00 AM.
Today marks the statistical peak of the Atlantic hurricane season and there are three hurricanes forecasters are watching in the Atlantic Ocean. State Climatologist Barry Keim says sea surface temps are just right in the storm breeding grounds.
"And all of that energy is being fed to the atmosphere when the conditions are ripe, we can pop off these type of storms," said Keim. 
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Tropical Storm Gordon uneventful for Louisiana
Posted on 9/5/2018 1:38:00 PM.

For the coastal areas of Louisiana, Tropical Storm Gordon is now in the books with very little effect on the region. The storm made landfall last night near the Alabama-Mississippi line. State Climatologist Barry Keim says although there was much attention put onto Gordon, he says when it comes to monitoring the weather, better safe than sorry.

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NOAA lowers predicted storm total for 2018 hurricane season
Posted on 8/9/2018 12:03:00 PM.
NOAA has lowered its prediction for the number of named storms for this hurricane season. Back in May, government forecasters estimated as many as 16 storms, now they say the 2018 total could be between 9 and 13. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the likelihood of an El Nino during the second half of the season is growing. 
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Climatologist: expect rain through the 4th of July
Posted on 7/3/2018 11:10:00 AM.

Soggy conditions are expected for the 4th of July as a tropical wave moves across the southern half of Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the highest rainfall totals are expected along the coastline.

“So expecting rain totals of about two inches along the coastal zone, that’ll taper down to about a half inch or less up in northern parishes.”

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Heat index could reach 110 degrees as June kicks off
Posted on 6/1/2018 11:02:00 AM.

It was a warmer than normal May and June is picking up right where May left off. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the thermostat will be turned up a few degrees this weekend. 

“Saturday and Sunday we can expect afternoon temperatures to reach into the mid or upper 90’s, with heat index values ranging from 100 to 110.”

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New hurricane season opens with up to 9 hurricanes predicted
Posted on 6/1/2018 3:50:00 AM.
The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season officially starts today despite the fact that the Gulf Coast has already seen its first named storm of the year. NOAA projects 10 to 16 named storms, 5 to 9 hurricanes, and 1 to 4 major hurricanes. State Climatologist Barry Keim says that’s not too far off base for an average year.
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Tropical disturbance threatens Memorial Day weekend
Posted on 5/23/2018 1:19:00 PM.

Forecasters are beginning to get a better idea of what’s going to happen with a low pressure system that’s on its way to the gulf. Invest 90L is being given about a 60 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone. State Climatologist Barry Keim says Louisiana may be in store for a nasty Memorial Day.

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Nungesser: Mardi Gras benefits the entire state
Posted on 2/9/2018 11:26:00 AM.
The carnival season ramps up this weekend with parades all across the state. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says New Orleans is the focal point for Mardi Gras, but the entire state benefits from an influx of tourists who want to be a part of the celebration.
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