It’s been bone dry out there in south Louisiana, but lawns and drought-stricken lands may get a little relief this weekend with a possibility of rain coming Saturday and Sunday.
As a broad area of low pressure in the southwest Gulf of Mexico moves farther north, it will help bring more moisture back into the Gulf states, said Alek Krautmann, National Weather Service meteorologist. The rain chances will hit Texas first, but is expected to also transfer more moisture over to Louisiana with chances of rain at 40 percent for Saturday night (LSU hosts Western Kentucky at 6 p.m.) and 50 percent chance on Sunday.
In addition, a cold front is expected to arrive around the same time which could mean the possibility of thunderstorms over the weekend as well.
Louisiana needs the rain. Currently, more than half the state is classified as being in extreme drought.
Although Baton Rouge got trace amounts of rain September 27 through 29, the last real rain event was back on Sept. 11 with six tenths of an inch, said Barry Keim, state climatologist.
In the Baton Rouge area, there’s only been about 2.2 inches of rain since Sept. 1, according to National Weather Service records. That’s about five inches below normal. In the New Orleans area, the total is 2.72 inches of rain since Sept. 1. That’s about four inches below normal.
Keim told the Associated Press last week that the past 90 days have been the driest for this time of year since 1895 in northwestern and north-central Louisiana.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has made farmers in 25 Louisiana parishes and 19 Mississippi counties eligible for drought disaster aid.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.