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There is only one thing for sure about weather in Louisiana – it's always changing. From the lowest of the lows, to the highest of the highs, resident Louisianians have to be prepared for a wide range of climatic phenomenon, from crippling heat in the summer to devastating hurricanes in the spring, and yes, even the rare snowfall in the winter.
Fortunately, the agriculture economy in Franklin Parish is faring well this year despite the higher than average rainfall and cold snaps, according to Carol Pinnell-Alison County Agent with the LSU AgCenter.
The National Weather Service reports the parish has received over four inches of rain so far this year. More recently, three to four inches of snow blanketed the area last Friday and climatologist believe there could be more unseasonable weather to come.
Jay Grymes, LSU climatologist, studies weather patterns such as "El Niño" and the effects on the southern states.
"El Niño creates a situation that increases the number of winter storms that impact our state," Grymes said. These non-tropical storms are late fall-winter-spring phenomena.
The Southern Oscillation, often called "El Niño" or simply ENSO, is a climate pattern that occurs across the tropical Pacific Ocean. El Niño creates warmer-than normal water in the central Pacific Ocean and is best known for its association with floods, droughts and other weather disturbances.
Grymes said the next three months have a good chance of being wetter than normal, adding that 65-70 percent of springs with El Niño tend to be wet.
"Farmers need to be prepared to act if more rain comes," Grymes said of the upcoming planting season. "We can anticipate rains of 6, 8, 10 inches or more at the local level this spring."