It has been quite a hot and dry summer! Much of south Louisiana is still abnormally dry for this time of the year. If you go further north around Shreveport, conditions become even worse. Residents are dealing with severe drought conditions. According to the National Weather Service, we have only received 3.79 inches of rain this entire month here in Baton Rouge. Interesting enough, this is actually slightly above our monthly July average of 3.00 inches. Due to our slightly above average rain totals, drought conditions have dropped from moderate to abnormally here in the Capital City. However, long-range forecasts are not looking good for substantial rain. Drought conditions could quickly fall back into a more severe category.
For those continuing to deal with drought conditions, there is not much relief in sight over the next several days. There is a large ridge of high pressure over Texas that will move eastward in the days ahead. This will keep us hot and dry. In fact, even looking at the extended forecast (the month of August), rain totals are expected to be at or below average for much of Louisiana.