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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • March storms brought hail, high winds

  • For the month of March, Bastrop averaged 1.39 inches of rain, according to the Weather Channel. While that may not seem right, LSU AgCenter Crop Specialist Terry Erwin said north of Mer Rouge had a lot more rain than south of Mer Rouge.
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  • "In the northern parts of the parish, several fronts moved in producing hail, whereas in Collinston, the past weekend's rains were the first storm for the area," Erwin stated.
    More rain is predicted for this week, with Wednesday showing an 80 percent chance of rain, but the weekend should be sunny, with highs in the upper 70's.
    One of the sights that is familiar right now across the parish is trees toppled, uprooting themselves. David R. Foster, Director, Harvard Forest at Harvard University, a Long-Term Ecological Research Site funded by the National Science Foundation says one of the main reasons for trees falling is a phenomenon known as “windthrow” which uproots a tree.
    “The tree trunk acts as a lever and so the force applied to the roots and trunk increases with height,” says Foster. “Taller trees are more susceptible to windthrow.”
    Spring seems to be on it's way, but in Louisiana, that could change on the turn of a dime. So keep that light jacket and umbrella close at hand.
     
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