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March 19, 2014

Warm weather on its way after harsh winter

PORT ARTHUR — After incurring Mother Nature’s wrath on several occasions during a winter that brought frigid temperatures and icy conditions, a balmy spring is music to Southeast Texas ears.

That is precisely what is in store when spring officially begins March 21, Donald Jones, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, La., said.

The next two weeks will bring brisk nighttime temperatures in the upper 40s when a cold front moves in early next week. Over the weekend, Jones said, temperatures will hover closer to 60 degrees for the low and afternoon highs of 70 degrees.

“It’s a fairly pleasant pattern for the next seven day or so,” he said.

As March turns into April, temperatures will rise, beginning around 75 degrees and ending the month with highs of 80 degrees.

Southeast Texans may long remember the winter of 2014 as the harshest season of their lifetimes, but in fact, this year’s winter did not even breach the top 10 of coldest temperatures on record in Port Arthur.

“It was a pretty cool winter, but not the coldest by any means,” Jones said. “It officially missed the top 10, but we’re talking about tenths of a degree difference between one or another.”

Several Southwest Louisiana towns did experience their 10th-coolest winter on record, including Lake Charles, Lafayette and New Iberia.

Although Southeast Texans has weathered colder conditions in years past, the winter of 2014 eclipsed the record for the amount of official snowfall events in a single season, with two.

“That’s double what we’ve ever had before,” Jones said.

But the good news, Jones said, is that the area seems to be out of the woods as far as hard freezes.

“If we were to see another freeze, it would break the record for latest freeze,” he said.

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