Cajun Weather Spotters of Acadiana

Cajun Weather Spotters of Acadiana Objective of this page is to provide additional updates on weather events in Acadiana and Southwestern Louisiana. This group is made up of NWS and Spotter Network trained storm spotters.
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Admin/Spotter Coordinator Andy Thibodeaux (Church Point, LA) - National Weather Service Certified Basic Skywarn Storm Spotter and Advanced Skywarn Spotter. Trained Storm Spotters: JD Kittles (Eunice, LA) Jack Wall (Anacoco, LA) Marcus Toups (Rayne, LA) Jonathan Bostick (St. Martinville, LA) Alexandra Noel (Duson, LA) Consultants: Trevor Sonnier (Crowley,LA)- Meteorologist at KLFY. Atmospheric Science degree from UL-Monroe.

Admin/Spotter Coordinator Andy Thibodeaux (Church Point, LA) - National Weather Service Certified Basic Skywarn Storm Spotter and Advanced Skywarn Spotter. Trained Storm Spotters: JD Kittles (Eunice, LA) Jack Wall (Anacoco, LA) Marcus Toups (Rayne, LA) Jonathan Bostick (St. Martinville, LA) Alexandra Noel (Duson, LA) Consultants: Trevor Sonnier (Crowley,LA)- Meteorologist at KLFY. Atmospheric Science degree from UL-Monroe.

Mission: We strive to provide additional weather information on a social media platform.

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01/15/2021

Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories for Vermilion (LAC113) Louisiana Issued by the National Weather Service Wind Advisory issued January 15 at 3:51PM CST until January 15 at 6:00PM CST by NWS January 15, 2021 at 03:51PM ...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING... * WHAT...Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph expected. * WHERE...Portions of central, south central, southwest and west central Louisiana and southeast Texas. * WHEN...Until 6 PM CST this evening. [email protected] https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/wwacapget.php?x=LA126188BCFEFC.WindAdvisory.126188C8F900LA.LCHNPWLCH.46f166820b94c2c0002fdff8dd08ec0f

01/15/2021

Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories for Jefferson Davis (LAC053) Louisiana Issued by the National Weather Service Wind Advisory issued January 15 at 3:51PM CST until January 15 at 6:00PM CST by NWS January 15, 2021 at 03:51PM ...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING... * WHAT...Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph expected. * WHERE...Portions of central, south central, southwest and west central Louisiana and southeast Texas. * WHEN...Until 6 PM CST this evening. [email protected] https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/wwacapget.php?x=LA126188BCFEFC.WindAdvisory.126188C8F900LA.LCHNPWLCH.46f166820b94c2c0002fdff8dd08ec0f

01/15/2021

Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories for St. Martin (LAC099) Louisiana Issued by the National Weather Service Wind Advisory issued January 15 at 3:51PM CST until January 15 at 6:00PM CST by NWS January 15, 2021 at 03:51PM ...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING... * WHAT...Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph expected. * WHERE...Portions of central, south central, southwest and west central Louisiana and southeast Texas. * WHEN...Until 6 PM CST this evening. [email protected] https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/wwacapget.php?x=LA126188BCFEFC.WindAdvisory.126188C8F900LA.LCHNPWLCH.46f166820b94c2c0002fdff8dd08ec0f

Stormcast - Gulf Coast Weather
01/15/2021

Stormcast - Gulf Coast Weather

Rain Showers 101...

01/15/2021

Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories for Vermilion (LAC113) Louisiana Issued by the National Weather Service Wind Advisory issued January 15 at 9:08AM CST until January 15 at 6:00PM CST by NWS January 15, 2021 at 09:08AM ...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING... * WHAT...Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph expected. * WHERE...Portions of central, south central, southwest and west central Louisiana and southeast Texas. * WHEN...Until 6 PM CST this evening. [email protected] https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/wwacapget.php?x=LA126188BC03D0.WindAdvisory.126188C8F900LA.LCHNPWLCH.46f166820b94c2c0002fdff8dd08ec0f

01/15/2021

Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories for Jefferson Davis (LAC053) Louisiana Issued by the National Weather Service Wind Advisory issued January 15 at 9:08AM CST until January 15 at 6:00PM CST by NWS January 15, 2021 at 09:08AM ...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING... * WHAT...Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph expected. * WHERE...Portions of central, south central, southwest and west central Louisiana and southeast Texas. * WHEN...Until 6 PM CST this evening. [email protected] https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/wwacapget.php?x=LA126188BC03D0.WindAdvisory.126188C8F900LA.LCHNPWLCH.46f166820b94c2c0002fdff8dd08ec0f

01/15/2021

Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories for St. Martin (LAC099) Louisiana Issued by the National Weather Service Wind Advisory issued January 15 at 9:08AM CST until January 15 at 6:00PM CST by NWS January 15, 2021 at 09:08AM ...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING... * WHAT...Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph expected. * WHERE...Portions of central, south central, southwest and west central Louisiana and southeast Texas. * WHEN...Until 6 PM CST this evening. [email protected] https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/wwacapget.php?x=LA126188BC03D0.WindAdvisory.126188C8F900LA.LCHNPWLCH.46f166820b94c2c0002fdff8dd08ec0f

01/15/2021

Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories for Vermilion (LAC113) Louisiana Issued by the National Weather Service Wind Advisory issued January 15 at 6:35AM CST until January 15 at 6:00PM CST by NWS January 15, 2021 at 06:35AM ...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING... * WHAT...Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph expected. * WHERE...Portions of central, south central, southwest and west central Louisiana and southeast Texas. * WHEN...Until 6 PM CST this evening. [email protected] https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/wwacapget.php?x=LA126188BB992C.WindAdvisory.126188C8F900LA.LCHNPWLCH.46f166820b94c2c0002fdff8dd08ec0f

01/15/2021

Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories for Jefferson Davis (LAC053) Louisiana Issued by the National Weather Service Wind Advisory issued January 15 at 6:35AM CST until January 15 at 6:00PM CST by NWS January 15, 2021 at 06:35AM ...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING... * WHAT...Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph expected. * WHERE...Portions of central, south central, southwest and west central Louisiana and southeast Texas. * WHEN...Until 6 PM CST this evening. [email protected] https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/wwacapget.php?x=LA126188BB992C.WindAdvisory.126188C8F900LA.LCHNPWLCH.46f166820b94c2c0002fdff8dd08ec0f

01/15/2021

Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories for St. Martin (LAC099) Louisiana Issued by the National Weather Service Wind Advisory issued January 15 at 6:35AM CST until January 15 at 6:00PM CST by NWS January 15, 2021 at 06:35AM ...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING... * WHAT...Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph expected. * WHERE...Portions of central, south central, southwest and west central Louisiana and southeast Texas. * WHEN...Until 6 PM CST this evening. [email protected] https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/wwacapget.php?x=LA126188BB992C.WindAdvisory.126188C8F900LA.LCHNPWLCH.46f166820b94c2c0002fdff8dd08ec0f

KLFY Chief Meteorologist Heath Morton
01/15/2021

KLFY Chief Meteorologist Heath Morton

Behind a cold front, Friday will be breezy with west/northwesterly winds at 15-25 mph.

Some good news about the Lake Charles radar progress.
01/15/2021

Some good news about the Lake Charles radar progress.

Kudos to our team working hard at KLCH Lake Charles since early January to install electronic components inside the radome. An initial test of the electronic/mechanical equipment is expected to occur by end of next week, but no data will be available at that time. The radar could be fully operational by the end of January!

Worked in Johnson Bayou this morning. The waters are pushed back into the Gulf of Mexico, so I had to stop and get a cha...
01/13/2021

Worked in Johnson Bayou this morning. The waters are pushed back into the Gulf of Mexico, so I had to stop and get a chance to walk on dry land to the rock barriers. It's pretty neat to see how the waves shape the sand.

US National Weather Service Lake Charles Louisiana
01/13/2021

US National Weather Service Lake Charles Louisiana

High pressure will be over the area today with sunny skies. Highs today will be in the upper 50s. Lows tonight will be in the 30s inland and 40s near the coast. Highs tomorrow will be in the 60s. Winds will be southwesterly at 5 MPH today and tonight. 5 to 15 MPH with gusts up to 20 MPH will be expected tomorrow.

Anyone in that area? There is a very small chance (like 5%) for precip in Acadiana this evening. Should you see that, it...
01/13/2021

Anyone in that area? There is a very small chance (like 5%) for precip in Acadiana this evening. Should you see that, its a small chance that precip could include frozen precip. No way to tell where right now, just one of those maybe lucky deals

Any of my folks in St Mary Parish seeing a few sleet or graupel pellets? Won’t amount to anything, but a few stray sleet pellets possible.

01/12/2021
Rob Perillo Chief Meteorologist KATC

Going to be an interesting morning in Acadiana , if the fog sets up. Be careful on the roadways.

There's a wrinkle in tonight's forecast for Acadiana and it's not a done deal...if we do clear out there is the chance of fog developing across portions of the area...and with temperatures dropping below freezing we could see some freezing fog that could make for potentially a few slippery road spots with some rime icing possible especially across northern Acadiana into Central Louisiana by morning...that's if skies clear and fog kicks in within a few hours after clearing. Will watch our trends closely for this just in case...

Another cold night in store for Acadiana. Definitely have your plants covered and warm area for the pets. Pipes should b...
01/11/2021

Another cold night in store for Acadiana. Definitely have your plants covered and warm area for the pets. Pipes should be ok this round, but still a good idea to protect if possible.

Hard Freeze Warning for CenLA for temperatures dropping into the mid-20s...provided clouds clear out...and that's a mid-sized "IF"...not a pipe-buster other than for exposed outdoor plumbing. The rest of Acadiana should range in upper 20s to lower 30s depending on cloud cover and wind.

Tuesday morning wind chills in the mid 20s for most of us!

Winter weather advisory is now extended into the Northern Acadiana Parishes.
01/11/2021

Winter weather advisory is now extended into the Northern Acadiana Parishes.

The Winter Weather Advisory has been expanded to include Hardin County as well as southern portions of Jasper and Newton counties in Texas and Beauregard, Allen, and Evangeline parishes in Louisiana until 8:00 AM CST Monday. A trace up to 1 inch of snow is possible.

Cold rain moving into Acadiana. No winter precip expected in Acadiana right now (maybe isolated areas of sleet). Snow Ch...
01/10/2021

Cold rain moving into Acadiana. No winter precip expected in Acadiana right now (maybe isolated areas of sleet). Snow Chance isn't 0, but very very low.

KLFY Meteorologist Trevor Sonnier
01/10/2021

KLFY Meteorologist Trevor Sonnier

Here's my latest thinking in regards to winter precipitation across the state tonight. South of Highway 190, an all-rain event is expected as temperatures will be too warm both at ground-level and aloft for any type of winter precipitation to occur. Further north, across Beauregard, Allen, Evangeline, and St. Landry, a brief period of a wintry mix could be possible. It's a slim chance and little to no accumulation is expected in these areas, if it occurs at all. Across central and northern portions of the state, snow totals of 2-4 inches are expected through tomorrow morning. This will affect travel in these areas!

US National Weather Service Lake Charles Louisiana
01/10/2021

US National Weather Service Lake Charles Louisiana

Morning Update: Some light accumulations of snow and sleet will be possible in portions of the region overnight into Monday morning. A potent winter storm will impact the region from late Sunday through early Monday. Precipitation in the southern half is expected to remain a cold rain, but further north snow and sleet is expected to mix in with the rain, potentially becoming predominately snow at times. As such, some snow accumulations will be possible in east central TX into central LA. The sharp gradient for the rain/snow line may result in accumulations from as little as a trace to up to around 2 inches. ~Chanelle

Maybe..and a slight maybe there will be some sleet reach the ground in the storm near Crowley. The lower level atmospher...
01/10/2021

Maybe..and a slight maybe there will be some sleet reach the ground in the storm near Crowley. The lower level atmosphere is actually warm and dry, so the radars are being tricked this morning. The winter precip may be occurring higher up in the atmosphere, but not making it down here.

One of those events where the height of the radar return doesn't match what is making it to the ground. Maybe some isola...
01/10/2021

One of those events where the height of the radar return doesn't match what is making it to the ground. Maybe some isolated sleet in Acadiana this morning, but shouldn't last long as surface temperatures are expected to rise above freezing.

SNEAUX?! Cold temperatures for this morning with readings in the mid-30s. Meanwhile, the atmospheric lift is increasing and precipitation coming in a little earlier than predicted. While it may be exciting to see colors, other than green, on this radar--I'm highly skeptical any snow is falling. Looking at the atmosphere currently, while surface temperatures are in the mid-30s, there's a bit of an inversion aloft, meaning temperatures are holding steady if not rising a degree or two further up in the atmosphere. This leads me to believe most of the precipitation is falling as rain this morning, although some sleet is possible as I've been receiving sleet reports throughout the morning!

Meteorologist Scot Pilie'
01/08/2021

Meteorologist Scot Pilie'

🌪CONFIRMED🌪 — EF1 Tornado in Parks, Louisiana on Wednesday night with 110mph winds. Fortunately, no one was home when tornado destroyed trailer on Grand Bois Road.

US National Weather Service Lake Charles Louisiana
01/08/2021

US National Weather Service Lake Charles Louisiana

Is it going to snow? Well, maybe...maybe not (spoken like a true Meteorologist)! We will host a Facebook Live briefing at 7:00 PM to discuss this most important question. We'll also take a look at the upcoming week. See you at 7. ~ Donald

Damage officially ruled a tornado near Parks, LA last night
01/07/2021

Damage officially ruled a tornado near Parks, LA last night

The National Weather Service has surveyed the damage in St Martin Parish and confirmed a tornado touchdown last night between Parks and Breaux Bridge on Grand Bois Road...either a high end EF1 or low end EF2 tornado with roughly 110 mph winds or higher depending on the final evaluation.

A single wide mobile home was rolled over and completely destroyed (see my earlier post) but fortunately it was not occupied at the time. No injuries have been reported with this severe storm.

An official damage report is forthcoming.

More damage in the Parks area
01/07/2021

More damage in the Parks area

In Parks, Louisiana — Fortunatelty, no one was home at the time. Mobile home was rolled a few times from potential tornado/straight line winds. If you zoom into this pic you can see the frame is upside down. 📸Kylie Angelle

This white line could change a little North or South so we just wait and see.
01/07/2021

This white line could change a little North or South so we just wait and see.

Heads up: Late Sunday night into early Monday morning, there is a potential for a wintry mix of precipitation in parts of East TX and central LA. It's too early to know accumulation amounts. Please continue to monitor our page for the latest information as time progresses. ~Chanelle

Rob Perillo Chief Meteorologist KATC
01/07/2021

Rob Perillo Chief Meteorologist KATC

We had reports of damage last night from Parks to Breaux Bridge where a storm was either producing strong downburst winds or a tornado. Damage followed the pea-size hail which makes me lean toward straight line winds...looks like 75-85 mph winds either way. NWS may investigate but Meteorologist Bradley Benoit will file a report on KATC at 5 and 6 pm. Photos courtesy of BreAnna Kae Flores in Parks.

While checking the weather last night, I noticed the rain was actually making the lasers from my Christmas decorations v...
01/07/2021

While checking the weather last night, I noticed the rain was actually making the lasers from my Christmas decorations visible.

US National Weather Service Lake Charles Louisiana
01/07/2021

US National Weather Service Lake Charles Louisiana

Cool and cloudy weather is on tap through tonight, with cloud cover clearing out through the day tomorrow. Highs will warm into the low to mid 50s both today and tomorrow, with lows falling into the mid 30s to low 40s tonight.

Winter precip forecast in Louisiana is very tricky. Small details will lead to excitement in some areas and disappointme...
01/07/2021

Winter precip forecast in Louisiana is very tricky. Small details will lead to excitement in some areas and disappointment in others. This "chance" will be late Sunday/early Monday morning. For now it's a wait and see, and cross your fingers if your hoping for snow.

❄THE S-WORD?!❄ Let’s talk about the chatter about Sunday night-Monday morning’s wintry weather potential for parts of the Deep South.

First things first, the showers & thunderstorms from overnight have ended. Clouds will linger today-much of Friday. Much colder weather pattern on the way!

The good news? As it stands now, our next chance for rain looks to arrive late Sunday night, well after the Saints-Bears playoff game.

The system Sunday night-Monday morning continues to look interesting, especially for the I-20 corridor and north-central Louisiana. That's where cold air will coincide with over-running precipitation from offshore low pressure system,

For south Louisiana, it’s looking too warm. More likely that we won't see much besides a chilly rain. 😔

For far reaching areas of the Northshore into south Mississippi, late Sunday night the precipitation may begin as a few sleet pellets before switching to rain. Then Monday morning a brief rain/sleet/flurry mix does appear possible. No impacts expected.

⚠️NOTE⚠️ — We’re still 3-4 days away from this *hint* of mischief on any model guidance. Forecast models will give & take over the next few days, and the forecast is FAR from set in stone. This graphic is simply preliminary thoughts. Simply something to check back in on!

Cold, Windy, and Cloudy this Thursday
01/07/2021
Cold, Windy, and Cloudy this Thursday

Cold, Windy, and Cloudy this Thursday

Cold and windy weather is taking over for your Thursday. Temperatures will hover in the 40s to 50s all day behind a strong northwest wind. Gusts could get as strong as 35 mph this afternoon. Beside…

The last of the the strongest cell is getting ready to move over the Atchafalaya Basin. Hope no one had damage tonight. ...
01/07/2021

The last of the the strongest cell is getting ready to move over the Atchafalaya Basin. Hope no one had damage tonight. This will be my last radar shot for the evening. The cold will be here tomorrow morning, so be prepared.

01/07/2021

Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories for Vermilion (LAC113) Louisiana Issued by the National Weather Service Special Weather Statement issued January 06 at 10:09PM CST by NWS January 06, 2021 at 10:09PM ...SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR LAFAYETTE...EASTERN ACADIA... NORTHEASTERN VERMILION...NORTHWESTERN ST. MARTIN AND SOUTHERN ST. LANDRY PARISHES UNTIL 1100 PM CST... At 1008 PM CST, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line extending from near Richard to Indian Bayou to near Wright. Movement was east at 40 mph. [email protected] https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/wwacapget.php?x=LA126188404484.SpecialWeatherStatement.126188406810LA.LCHSPSLCH.42593865d42f9769cdd4961700cd77bd

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This page was started in August 2011, after I decided I would try and help out with some of the questions that are being asked to many of the TV meteorologist on social media. I do not have a degree in Atmospheric Science or Meteorology, but I did attend two semesters at ULM for that area of study. I am now an advanced trained storm spotter for the National Weather Service. When this page was first started, I was the only one posting updates. A few years ago, I decided to form a spotter group across Acadiana, and bring in more trained spotters to help run the page and to help assist the National Weather Service during severe weather events. My vision for this page is to be an additional source of weather information on a social media platform. We do often give advise, but you should always follow any information from the degreed meteorologist or National Weather Service first. I enjoy spending my time on this page and keeping my weather passion alive.

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Between Port Barre and Opelousas at about 6:15 near savoies sausage.. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10224673183795889&id=1199656905
Monsoon to the left and blue sky sunshine to the right. New Iberia Hwy 182.
Looking at the current satellite images, it looks like the storm might be taking a slight jog to the east, which will help reduce the impact to Louisiana.
Duson this evening
I will be online and on the GMRS/Ham networks this weekend for the storm. Operating on the 462.700 repeater in the area and monitoring 146.52 for emergencies and weather info. Real time weather at my location can be monitored at https://www.wunderground.com/dashboard/pws/KLABATON322 my spotter network id is: 10300
Tropical Storm Cristobal is forecast to make landfall in central Louisiana (Zone 2 - U.S.) as a tropical storm on Monday, June 8, 2020.
Here is one of the shots I was able to get of the tornado warned cell that came through the area yesterday evening. I was on the southwest side of the storm as it passed my house. I was able to watch it as it moved southeast. - JD
Video taken by Jessica Rodriguez Foret in the Mamou area
Here is the best lightning shot I was able to capture last night while watching the storms in Branch.
Captured some slow motion lightning from the storms tonight. Hope yall enjoy!
Great coverage of all local weather as well as extra posts and explanations that are really helpful and informative. I love getting my weather from this page and have been a follower for years.
Another foggy day in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo credits to Austin Frederick