South Louisiana finally seeing rain as the state remains in drought

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Rain, something we haven’t seen much of for quite some time, is falling in south Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim said a storm system in the Gulf, off the Texas coast, is expected to track eastward along Louisiana’s coastline today, tomorrow, and part of Wednesday.

“Rain totals over the next two to three days could reach up to three to four inches, in coastal parishes. And still bring a pretty decent soaking of rain across the entire southern half of the state so we’re all really excited about that,” said Keim.

Keim said any rain is welcome considering 99 percent of the state is in drought and 88 percent of Louisiana is in either extreme or exceptional drought. Since October 1st there’s only been an average of one-point-nine inches of rain in the state.

“Whereas 5.8” would be considered normal for that time period for the last month and a half. So, we only had 32% of normal rainfall since October first,” said Keim.

When you look at rainfall amounts for the year, Keim said Louisiana is far behind the normal average…

“Way under half of normal rainfall and in this case under 40% of normal rain. So, we have some very, very serious issues and rain will be a much, much welcome thing over this week,” said Keim.

Keim said the system is bringing mild temps in the 50s and 60s for the next few days to the state.

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