Acadiana is slowly transitioning out of one of the strangest winter seasons that I have ever experienced.  We had periods of freezing rain, sleet, and snow and temperatures that dipped into the teens. Now that we have officially made it into the Spring season what can we expect?

NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released their official outlook for the next three months yesterday. The report from the government weather guessers suggested that we will make up for a cold winter by having a warmer than normal spring.

"For the Central Gulf Region, for the spring, we are favoring above normal temperatures for your region for  the April, May, and June time period and this is expected to continue through the summer months."

Jon Gottschalk acting Chief of the NOAA Climate Prediction Center made those comments to the Louisiana Radio Network. The forecast for precipitation over the spring months was not so clear. There was enough of a discrepancy in data that officials with NOAA declined to issue that forecast as of now.

What about for the weekend?

It won't be bad, but it won't be great either. Acadiana residents will notice an increase in clouds during the day today. By Saturday there will be a slight risk of rain showers. The outlook for Sunday holds a better chance of rain and those rain chances will spill into the beginning of the work week. With Monday actually being the day with the best chance of showers.