NOAA lowers predicted storm total for 2018 hurricane season
Posted on 8/9/2018 12:03:00 PM.
NOAA has lowered its prediction for the number of named storms for this hurricane season. Back in May, government forecasters estimated as many as 16 storms, now they say the 2018 total could be between 9 and 13. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the likelihood of an El Nino during the second half of the season is growing. 
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Climatologist: expect rain through the 4th of July
Posted on 7/3/2018 11:10:00 AM.

Soggy conditions are expected for the 4th of July as a tropical wave moves across the southern half of Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the highest rainfall totals are expected along the coastline.

“So expecting rain totals of about two inches along the coastal zone, that’ll taper down to about a half inch or less up in northern parishes.”

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Heat index could reach 110 degrees as June kicks off
Posted on 6/1/2018 11:02:00 AM.

It was a warmer than normal May and June is picking up right where May left off. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the thermostat will be turned up a few degrees this weekend. 

“Saturday and Sunday we can expect afternoon temperatures to reach into the mid or upper 90’s, with heat index values ranging from 100 to 110.”

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New hurricane season opens with up to 9 hurricanes predicted
Posted on 6/1/2018 3:50:00 AM.
The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season officially starts today despite the fact that the Gulf Coast has already seen its first named storm of the year. NOAA projects 10 to 16 named storms, 5 to 9 hurricanes, and 1 to 4 major hurricanes. State Climatologist Barry Keim says that’s not too far off base for an average year.
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Tropical disturbance threatens Memorial Day weekend
Posted on 5/23/2018 1:19:00 PM.

Forecasters are beginning to get a better idea of what’s going to happen with a low pressure system that’s on its way to the gulf. Invest 90L is being given about a 60 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone. State Climatologist Barry Keim says Louisiana may be in store for a nasty Memorial Day.

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Nungesser: Mardi Gras benefits the entire state
Posted on 2/9/2018 11:26:00 AM.
The carnival season ramps up this weekend with parades all across the state. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says New Orleans is the focal point for Mardi Gras, but the entire state benefits from an influx of tourists who want to be a part of the celebration.
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Cold front moves into Louisiana
Posted on 1/11/2018 2:55:00 AM.

Get ready for a return of cold temperatures. A strong cold front will move through the state today, dropping temperatures and keeping highs below 50 degrees for the weekend. State Climatologist Barry Keim…

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Keim: Louisiana to get frosty start to new year
Posted on 12/27/2017 11:49:00 AM.
Louisiana is experiencing another very cold day, and it looks to stay this way and get even chillier into the New Year. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the polar vortex has arrived with a vengeance and it's going to affect us for at least the next week and perhaps even longer.
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No White Christmas, but colder air will arrive in time
Posted on 12/22/2017 10:23:00 AM.

It will feel a lot like Christmas as a cold front will bring more seasonable temperatures to Louisiana. After experiencing highs near 80 in parts of the state, state climatologist Barry Keim says a strong cold front will usher in colder air starting Saturday.

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How rare is a snow event in Louisiana?
Posted on 12/8/2017 3:23:00 PM.
South Louisiana saw some snow Friday morning to the delight of residents. So how rare of an event is this? State Climatologist Barry Keim says, believe it or not, we actually see white flakes more often than hurricanes. But for it to span nearly the entire bottom half of the state is very rare.
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