How rare is a snow event in Louisiana?
Posted on 12/8/2017 3:23:00 PM.
South Louisiana saw some snow Friday morning to the delight of residents. So how rare of an event is this? State Climatologist Barry Keim says, believe it or not, we actually see white flakes more often than hurricanes. But for it to span nearly the entire bottom half of the state is very rare.
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South Louisiana may see some wintry conditions
Posted on 12/7/2017 3:00:00 AM.
The recent cold snap could bring southeast Louisiana some wintry precipitation tonight into Friday morning. State Climatologist Barry Keim says even though the air temperature will stay above freezing, you may still see freezing precipitation.
 
"Note that even if the surface temperatures are above freezing, say 33 or 34 degrees, the air above it may still be below freezing, snow and sleet can form and you can get snow and sleet that can form at the surface."
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Cold front drops temperatures into the 30s across the state
Posted on 12/6/2017 2:49:00 AM.

A cold front has crossed the state, bringing Louisiana the coldest weather of the season. State Climatologist Barry Keim says we can expect to see clouds and lingering rain through Thursday. He says break out the sweaters and winter coats. 

“Low temperatures this morning are in the 40s across the state and high temperatures this afternoon are only going to reach into the 50s and the temperatures are going to continue to fall over the next few days.”
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La Nina keeps pushing rain away from Louisiana
Posted on 11/29/2017 11:50:00 AM.
Louisiana is falling further behind in rainfall. The recent arid conditions is blamed on the current La Nina pattern that is in place. State Climatologist Barry Keim says there has been very little rain this fall.
 
 
 
 
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Cooler fall like weekend coming for Louisiana
Posted on 11/8/2017 3:00:00 AM.
Recent record breaking heat in some areas of the state will give way today to much cooler temperatures as a cold front moves in. State Climatologist Barry Keim says expect a gray dreary day.
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State Climatologist: It will feel like fall this week
Posted on 10/23/2017 3:00:00 AM.

This past weekend’s cold front has brought even cooler temperatures to Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says it really feels like fall today.

"Minimum temperatures this morning across the state are in the 50s and 60s and high temperatures are only going to reach the mid 70s." Keim said. "It's going to be a stunningly beautiful day."
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Warmer and drier weather expected in Louisiana this winter
Posted on 10/19/2017 11:52:00 AM.

NOAA released their winter outlook saying La Nina will dictate a warmer and drier winter in Louisiana for a second year in a row, moving winter weather away from the southeastern U.S. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the weather could be setting up for a repeat of 2011.
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Cold front brings in much needed dry, cool air
Posted on 10/16/2017 3:27:00 AM.

A significant cold front moved through the Bayou State leaving us with some much needed relief. State Climatologist Barry Keim says this front has brought in much cooler and drier Canadian air and pushed out the warm Gulf of Mexico air. He says the afternoon highs will be in the 70s in northern parishes and low 80s in the coastal zone.
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It Has Been a Busy Hurricane Season
Posted on 10/9/2017 12:55:00 PM.

The formation of Tropical Storm Ophelia in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean makes it 15 named storms during this very active Atlantic hurricane season. State Climatologist Barry Keim says 2005, the year Katrina struck New Orleans, is still the highest recorded year for activity.
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Forecasters say we could see a hurricane in the Gulf this weekend
Posted on 10/4/2017 12:06:00 PM.

The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Depression number 16 has formed in the southwestern Caribbean Sea and move into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend as Tropical Storm Nate. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the storm has the potential to strengthen into a hurricane.
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