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Pleasant pattern continues...Iota making landfall as a Category 5

Posted at 5:30 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 23:53:31-05

While another beast of a hurricane will be making landfall in Nicaragua as a Category 5 storm Monday evening, Acadiana will continue to enjoy clear skies and cool fall temperatures.

In the near term, with those clear skies early Monday evening, Acadiana should be afforded a brief opportunity to see the International Space Station flyover at 6:46 pm, and as an added bonus, following it not far behind will be the SpaceX Crew1 Space Capsule ferrying 4 fresh astronauts to the station, with both craft docking around 10pm tonight.

Temperatures will cool nicely again overnight with Tuesday morning lows likely in the low-mid 40s across the Acadiana area.

Wall to wall sunshine will continue Tuesday and Wednesday with highs in the low-mid 70s Tuesday and lower 70s Wednesday.

A few clouds may begin to show up by Thursday or Friday but mostly sunny skies are expected for the most part into the weekend.

Temperatures will begin to moderate later this week and will be near 80° by Sunday, but our next front should arrive by Monday accompanied by the chance of a few showers.

The latter part of the 10 Day Forecast looks a little more unsettled for Acadiana with a waffling front interacting with a couple of upper level disturbances.

And for the first time in a while, the area may see some thunderstorm activity by mid-next week...and perhaps some robust storms as well.

Meanwhile, in the tropics, Category 5 Hurricane Iota was sporting 160 mph winds and will be making landfall overnight in Northeast Nicaragua.

In addition to catastrophic wind damage, the storm will produce a surge up to 15-20 feet and will produce 10-30" of rain, with flooding and mudslides likely into Honduras Tuesday.

Iota is the strongest hurricane of this record 2020 season, and the latest Category 5 storm on record...the hits just keep coming.

And believe it or not, the National Hurricane Center is giving a 40% chance of a new system developing in the Southwestern Caribbean in the next 5 days...this hurricane season just won't quit.

Sugar Cane Smoke Notes:

In case you were wondering about the smoky conditions in Lafayette Monday afternoon, satellite imagery clearly showed a smoky plume emanating from the Point Coupee parish area be carried by the northeasterly winds in the region...likely tied to cane burning.

We will likely see some more pockets of cane smoke across portions of Acadiana Tuesday...and for the next several weeks for that matter.

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