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.
"Over the past ninety days, the state has only averaged 4 1/2 inches of rain, whereas about 13 1/2 inches of rain would be considered normal over this time period."
A warm and dry winter is predicted for Louisiana. Keim says much of north Louisiana is already seeing drought conditions.
"Definitely it's more acute in north Louisiana. The whole state has been impacted over the last 60 to 90 days. North Louisiana has been hit particularly hard. They're already in what we call D-2 status, the second level of drought."
An updated three-month forecast is due from the Climate Prediction Center tomorrow. Keim says he expects more of the same. With this weather pattern, he says the strong La Nina will keep moisture from coming south.
"The main reason is that the storm patterns have been extremely limited this fall. Really all across the eastern United States. And the storms that we have had have remained north of Louisiana. More on the Great Plains and the midwest U.S."