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Yesterday’s very active evening gave way to a much colder day throughout Greater Lafayette. While we’re still waiting on the National Weather Service to determine what kind of storm uprooted trees and damaged some structures throughout Lafayette and the surrounding area, winds remained a significant factor for our Wednesday.
Before yesterday’s storms arrived, Lafayette reached 67°; that temperature marked our warmest temperature felt here in Lafayette since February 20th and the first time we’ve even seen the 60s here since February 28th. Then there was today. The day’s high temperature of 37° was recorded at midnight this morning. After that, strong westerly winds drove our morning low to 30°, afternoon temperatures were able to recover a by a few degrees, only peaked as high as 34° in Lafayette! As of 6:00 P.M. ET Wednesday, we were the same 34° cooler in Lafayette than we were at the same time Tuesday evening.
High pressure to our southwest will continue to maintain our breezy westerly wind flow through the evening and overnight hours. As a result, temperatures will fall back towards the mid 20s tomorrow morning. Our morning low of 25° Thursday will dip 13° below the norm for this time of the year. Fortunately, afternoon highs are expected to exceed this afternoon’s through the remainder of the extended forecast.
Unfortunately, each afternoon’s high temperature on that extended forecast between today and next Tuesday, will average out to be 18° below normal. Our warmest day during that period, tomorrow, will be 12° below the average height, while Saturday will be as many as 20° below the day’s average high of 60°. Actual “warmth” isn’t expected to return to the region until at least April 11th or 12th. However, those two days look to remain a degree or two shy of the average high and that warmup (if that’s what you want to call it) will likely be short-lived.
According to the latest projections from the Climate Prediction Center, we may have to wait another two weeks before we consistently see spring-like temperatures for Greater Lafayette. Cross those fingers, because I’m not sure how much more of it I can take!
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