It has been right about 10 days since some of the coldest weather of the past few decades moved into Acadiana. Now that that air mass has come and gone and has been replaced with warmer weather let's revisit the period between February 14th-22nd and put our weather into Perspective.
An arctic trough dipped into the central US during the second week of February and brought widespread temperatures that were 30°+ below the average for February normals. This included here in Louisiana where multiple bouts of winter weather pushed through the region. The big story with this weather pattern was the temperatures though.
Here in Acadiana we broke several cold weather records throughout the week whether reaching record morning lows or coldest highs. Out of the region, the NWS keeps track of these records in Lafayette where we made a new record hitting 16° as well as New Iberia where almost 10 new records were set during this period! Even though we saw all this record cold this year, the overall trend has been less harsh winters here in Acadiana and Arctic intrusions like this are becoming less frequent in the area.
Of course, weather has its ups and downs and cold weather doesn’t last forever. Spring is right around the corner and with average Spring temperatures almost increasing 3° over the past 50 years, we are once again looking at a warm regime to stick around Acadiana. The Climate Prediction Center outlook for Spring has a very good chance of above average conditions here through May.