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|Weather extremes begin year|
Sandwiched between an arctic air mass and a humid Pacific front, Franklin Parish has seen an extreme swing in weather conditions during the first days of January.
According to Bill McLemore of the LSU Sweet Potato Research Station, the low temperature on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 3 was 18 degrees with a high temperature of 40 degrees. Just three days later, on Sunday, Jan. the high was a balmy 76 degrees.
McLemore takes the official temperature and rainfall measurements for the National Weather Service.
What's with these weather extremes? According to Gary Chatelain of the National Weather Service in Shreveport, two weather systems have been playing out in early January.
The cold weather of last week was "high pressure, Arctic, super dry, super cold air," said Chatelain, followed by a front from the Pacific Ocean that was "much milder."
Chatelain said the windy, sometimes stormy weather of Monday night and Tuesday was the tail end of the system that brought flooding rains and tremendous snowfall the West Coast last week.
According to the NWS, as the Pacific front passes through Tuesday the temperatures will drop into the 60?s for the highs and 40?s for the lows.
For local weather from the National Weather Service, visit http://www.srh.noaa.gov/shv/.