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Beautiful Thursday; threat of strong storms return Friday

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Posted at 4:59 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 23:27:10-04

Acadiana will continue to enjoy beautiful May weather with a cool night ahead, a sunny and warm Thursday, but it will be followed by a good chance of storms with our next front by Friday afternoon.

In the near term, look for a clear, cool and crisp night with temperatures Thursday morning bottoming out in the mid-50s.

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There will be two added celestial bonuses for Wednesday evening; in addition to the last super moon of 2020 (the May "Flower" Moon), there will be the possibility of catching a glimpse at a parade (42) of the SpaceX Starlink Satellites that will be streaking through the northeastern sky between 8:32 and 8:42 pm.

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However, even though our skies will be crystal clear, it's unclear as to whether the brightness of a rising super moon may inhibit our viewing...nonetheless, the satellites have been spotted locally in the past, so we know they can be seen, but the moon's brightness will be the viewing wild card.

The satellites will be moving from north to south in the northeastern sky.

Get away from city lights and make sure you have an unobstructed view to the northeast (ie away from trees and buildings). For future viewings click here.

Look for wall to wall sun to continue for our Thursday with highs right around the upper 70s to lower 80s.

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Milder temperatures are anticipated Thursday night as our winds turn back around out of the southeast, holding readings closer to the mid 60s.

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Gusty southerly winds will increase mid-morning Friday ahead of our next frontal system and round of storms that look to arrive by Friday afternoon/evening.

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Once again Acadiana is hatched in for a marginal risk of a few severe storms that could produce wind damage and hail.

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And per the Storm Prediction Center (SPC), there could be an upgrade to the storm threats in the outlook area in subsequent forecasts...so stay tuned.

Afterwards, expect a nearly fall-like pattern Saturday to follow with cloudy, breezy and cool conditions along with temperatures struggling to get out of the 60s.

Sunshine should return Sunday, with a fair weather pattern likely to continue through mid-next week.

The KATC 10 Day Forecast has 50s for lows at night for five nights in a row before we get warmer and definitively more humid later in the week...and these may be the last 50s we see until later in October, so enjoy the air-conditioner free days we have ahead!

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