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Beaumont, Texas to Lafayette, Louisiana

Another quick little trip, playing catch up tonight. The last three trips will include Beaumont, which is fantastic, if you ask me. This trip will last only about 2 hours, covering 134 miles. That means an average speed of about 64mph, all along one dang highway. Let’s turn this car around and make our way to the east.

The difference between the last road trip and this one is that we will be driving through the area a day sooner. As a result, the wave moving into the Plains will still be hung up in eastern Montana, and a weak area of high pressure will lie over the eastern Gulf of Mexico. This is the perfect set up to cycle onshore some low level moisture into east Texas and southern Louisiana. Expect considerable overcast with some showers from Beaumont to Lake Charles, but some clearing from that point to Lafayette. Not a complete washout, but disappointing, compared to the previous trip, covering much of the same ground!

Sweltering Summer Days

The South is a hot and humid place during the summer months, and Lafayette is no exception. Scattered thunderstorms are the norm throughout the season thanks to the ever-present humidity, but they dodged ’em both days to start of the week. Temperatures varied a bit more than most outlets had them pegged to be, but Weather Channel took home the win.

Monday: High 97, Low 80.
Tuesday: High 90, Low 72.
Forecast Grade: B

Lafayette, Louisiana

A few technical difficulties last night, but we are back, and we are forecasting for Lafayette now, today. Anthony will be back with something a little later tonight. Who knows that that will be about.

At 1PM, CT, Lafayette was reporting a temperature of 93 degrees with mostly sunny skies. The primary feature east of the Rockies is a cutoff low in the Upper Midwest moving towards the Great Lakes. Flow south of the system is from the northwest until it reaches central Louisiana, where it begins to meander at the upper levels. The point for Lafayette is that there isn’t a sea breeze to speak of, and instead a languid, hot day will close out the weekend.
As the low continues to shift to the northeast, the cooler drier air at the back end will barrel southward towards Louisiana. This will trigger some showers and storms as soon as tomorrow morning. Unfortunately for Lafayette, as the parent low shifts to the northeast and unravels, the motivation for the boundary to continue to move southward will be limited. The threat for showers and storms will therefore continue through the afternoon and into Tuesday morning. Expect clouds and fog to develop in the mornings as well to help keep temperatures down a little bit, but the humidity will still be quite high.
Tomorrow – Showers and occasional thunderstorms possible, with morning haze, High 96, Low 78
Tuesday – Overcast early, then clearing with some showers and storms, High 92, Low 77

TWC: Tomorrow – Isolated thunderstorms, High 97, Low 76
Tuesday – Sunny, High 93, Low 73

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny with a shower or thunderstorm around High 95, Low 77
Tuesday – Partly sunny with a thunderstorm High 92, Low 74

NWS: Tomorrow – A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, High 96, Low 77
Tuesday – A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, High 93, Low 75

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 95, Low 75
Tuesday – Mostly sunny with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 92, Low 75

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy with Scattered Storms High 95, Low 77
Tuesday – Partly Cloudy with Scattered Storms High 93, Low 75

FIO: Tomorrow – Light rain starting in the afternoon. High 94, Low 75
Tuesday – Light rain starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.High 89, Low 70

We can look at the satellite imagery and just see where the tail of the boundary is getting tied up. HINT: It’s the Ozarrks.

Springfield, Illinois to Lafayette, Indiana

Whenever we do a short trip, it always seems to be through Indiana, for some reason. This trek will only last 3 hours and cover 178 miles. The drive will be at a pace of 61.2mph, thanks to some lower roads in western Indiana. I guess we should probably get going.

A head of a broad area of low pressure across the High Plains, moisture will be pumping north into the Mississippi Valley. A vorticity maximum will be the focal point for heavier rain and thunderstorms, and will be centered around Cape Girardieau, Missouri. This will keep rain fairly light around Springfield, and perhaps we will even see some dry conditions through Champaign. The rest of the stretch will likely be pretty drizzly, however, with light rain continuing from the home of the University of Illinois to the home of their contemporary, Purdue University in Lafayette (well, Purdue is in West Lafayette, but you get the point).

Lafayette, Louisiana

Hey gang! We’re going with a video forecast this time around!

Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 78, Low 61
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy High 79, Low 62

TWC – Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 80, Low 61
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy, High 81, Low 63

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy High 81, Low 61
Wednesday – Rather cloudy with a shower or thunderstorm in spots in the afternoon High 81, Low 63

NWS: Tomorrow – Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, High 82, Low 61
Wednesday – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, High 81, Low 62

WB: Tomorrow – Partly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. High 82, Low 61
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 81, Low 62

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy with Patchy Fog High 82, Low 63
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy with Isolated Storms, High 71, Low 63

FIO: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 78, Low 60
Wednesday – Foggy in the morning. High 79, Low 61

Not much variance. High temperatures will greatly depend on insolation. Hope you enjoy the video!

Winter’s chill extends all the way to the Gulf Coast

Mid-week in southern Louisiana seemed so promising. Temperatures were as warm as 64 degrees on Tuesday, the sun was shining and then the bottom fell out. A strong upper level trough dragged cold air from the Arctic all the way to the Lafayette area. While temperatures were warm in the morning on Thursday, temperatures fell off quickly in the afternoon. It was a midnight low that dropped just below freezing late yesterday. A sign of things to come. Outlets that forecast hourly all the way to the end of day two had the best forecasts, with Victoria-Weather leading the way.
Actuals: Wednesday – High 64, Low 31
Thursday – High 56, Low 30

Grade: B-D

Lafayette, Louisiana

It certainly has quieted down around the United States after a pretty nasty start to the year. One place that was blasted was Cajun country, but the rain is finally over. How long will that last?

At 253PM, Ct, Lafayette was reporting a temperature of 49 degrees with clear skies. The remnants of a cold front were providing some clouds off shore, but also the focal point for some northerly flow that continued to led cooler than normal temperatures to Lafayette, as well as greatly appreciated stability.
Lafayette will continue to find itself south of the crest of a deep upper level trough, which will allow the area to remain stable with the best baroclinicity well north and east of Lafayette, but cold air will continue to spill from the north into Louisiana. A reprieve from the unusual chill isn’t expected in the next couple of days, and in fact, there is a chance for even colder air on Wednesday as the trough attempts to dig further to the south.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 60, Low 33
Wednesday – Increasing clouds, High 53, Low 32

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy, High 59, Low 33
Wednesday – Partly Cloudy, High 49, Low 40

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny and warmer High 58, Low 32
Wednesday – Windy and cooler with some sunshine giving way to clouds High 51, Low 31

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 59, Low 33
Wednesday – Mostly sunny High 51, Low 31

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy High 58, Low 35
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy. High 50, Low 42

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy High 59, low 34
Wednesday – Partly Cloudy High 50, Low 43

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy until evening. High 58, Low 34
Wednesday – Partly cloudy in the morning and breezy starting in the afternoon. High 47, Low 29

That doesn’t sound bad, but I assure you it will feel that way for Lafayette. Lows near or below freezing! That’s brutal! Those Wednesday lows are gong to be in the evening as the upper level trough, helping generate the wave seen on satellite in the Midwest, will reach its southernmost point.

Lafayette, Indiana to Savannah, Georgia

Today we embark on a 2-day, 845-mile trip from Lafayette, IN down through the Ohio and TN Valleys to good ol’ Savannah. Hope you’re looking to one last beach getaway of the season! Let’s see how the trip there will be



Strong high pressure continues to sit over the Northeastern quadrant of the country, keeping every high and dry. The only issue is if there is some morning fog to burn off, but even if there is, it will only last an hour or two after sunrise. As we travel through Kentucky, there will be some cumulus clouds starting to bubble up around midday, and we could even see an isolated shower as we make our way into Nashville. These should be short-lived, however, and of little consequence as we push our way into Chattanooga, our stop for the night.


There’s a disturbance that’s slowly shifting from the FL Panhandle up towards the southern Appalachians, and this is expected to bring some pretty decent rainfall to the Southeast. As we head into Northern Georgia, our trip will slow down some as we hit these showers and thunderstorms, and will continue to have to deal with them as we move through Atlanta. Activity should lighten up some in the afternoon as we make our way into Savannah, but will increase once again during the late-evening and overnight hours after we arrive. Guess the beach will have to wait one more day.


Lafayette, Indiana

We’re pointing the forecast wagon towards Lafayette, Indiana, the town adjacent to my alma mater of Purdue University.

At 536PM, ET< Lafayette wasn't reporting, but locations around the region were reporting temperatures of 80 degrees with sunny skies. High pressure dominates the region both aloft and at the surface, so this was as good a time as any for the observer to take a coffee break. Perhaps it is a bit more than a coffee break, as Lafayette hasn't reported since early this morning. All the same, high pressure isn't expected to vacate the region for several days. A slight wave aloft, nearly imperceptible in wind vector analysis, is expected to develop across the center of the country, but with little surface borne support, the manifestation of this wave will only be a few high clouds. Tomorrow - Mostly sunny, High 82, Low 53 Sunday - Partly cloudy, High 79, Low 55 TWC: Tomorrow - Partly Cloudy High 81, Low 54 Sunday - Partly Cloudy High 81, Low 55 AW: Tomorrow - Sunny to partly cloudy and pleasantly warm High 79, Low 52 Sunday - Partly sunny; warm in the afternoon High 79, Low 55 NWS: Tomorrow - Mostly sunny, High 80, Low 53 Sunday - Mostly sunny, HIgh 79, Low 55 WB: Tomorrow - Mostly sunny. HIgh 80, Low 53 Sunday - Partly cloudy. High 80, Low 55 WN: Tomorrow - Mostly Sunny HIgh 81, Low 54 Sunday - Partly Cloudy High 79, Low 55 Not bad, even if the resident observer has decided to take the day off. Lafayette