Parish News

Long, Long Range Forecast

01/31/2020

Most Bossier Parish residents remember 2015 and 2016 as the years of historic flooding in the region and with the wet weather season beginning, many are paying close attention to weather forecasts.

January, 2020 has already seen above normal precipitation according to forecasters and analysts at the National Weather Service. That rainfall has brought a rise in area waterways, but predictions are those levels are expected to lower over the next month.

Increased rainfall amounts in January has brought some good news, with reports indicating drought conditions have diminished.

There’s no crystal ball that helps predict weather patterns months in advance but forecasters believe there’s a 50/50 chance of above or below average normal precipitation.

In other words, the rain events themselves will dictate what happens. NWS forecasters say only one or two heavy rainfall events (anywhere from 4 to 8 inches) could push area waterways into flood stage.

Ian Snellgrove, director of the Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said it will be important to watch the Spring river outlook when it is released. Waterway levels will also be monitored going into rainfall events through the Spring.

Many area residents look to the National Weather Service, their favorite local weather broadcast or the Weather Channel to get news of what’s up with Mother Nature. For others, there’s another source of information that still gets attention.

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, weather conditions for February in the deep South include lots of rainy periods with temperatures ranging from mild to cold.

An average temperature of 48 degrees (one degree above normal) is predicted for the month with rainfall anticipated to be four inches, about one inch below average.

Rain

all news »