Forecast Details for New Orleans, LA

Recent Locations: New Orleans, LA  
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 78. Calm wind.
Thursday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Heat index values as high as 105. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Thursday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 79. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 92. Heat index values as high as 106. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 79. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Sunny, with a high near 92. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the morning.
Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Mostly clear, with a low around 80. South wind around 5 mph.
Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Sunday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 78. West wind around 5 mph.
Monday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. West wind around 5 mph.
Monday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 79. Southwest wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. West wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 79. South wind around 5 mph.
Wednesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. West wind around 5 mph.

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Weather Topic: What are Nimbostratus Clouds?

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A nimbostratus cloud is similar to a stratus cloud in its formless, smooth appearance. However, a nimbostratus cloud is darker than a stratus cloud, because it is thicker.

Unlike a stratus cloud, a nimbostratus cloud typically brings with it the threat of moderate to heavy precipitation. In some cases, the precipitation may evaporate before reaching the ground, a phenomenon known as virga.

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Precipitation in the form of water droplets is called rain. Rain generally has a tendency to fall with less intensity over a greater period of time, and when rainfall is more severe it is usually less sustained.

Rain is the most common form of precipitation and happens with greater frequency depending on the season and regional influences. Cities have been shown to have an observable effect on rainfall, due to an effect called the urban heat island. Compared to upwind, monthly rainfall between twenty and forty miles downwind of cities is 30% greater.

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