Endymion & French Quarter 2017
By Greg LaRose, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
A 70 percent chance of rain has members of Endymion and the other Mardi Gras season krewes that parading Saturday (Feb. 10) — as well as hundreds of thousands of attendees — expecting to get wet at some point in the day. But just how wet and when?
Keep reading for a schedule of parades with an accompanying hour-by-hour forecast, including whether the rain will stick around through the Endymion Extravaganza at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Krewe of Bush Parade Krewe of Bush Parade 2015
The Krewe of Bush includes riders of all ages. (Photo by Quentin Winstine)
Bush: 9 a.m.
The Saturday schedule starts on the North Shore with the Krewe of Bush, but staging for parades began much earlier on both side of Lake Pontchartrain. Some overnight showers to the east have moved on, and National Weather Service forecast indicates this could be the driest part of the day.
The storms headed our way are part of a deep southwesterly flow that’s bringing “unseasonably warm and moist air to the area,” according to the 3:45 a.m. Weather Service NWS forecast.
A dense fog advisory for the area’s coastal waters ended at 4 a.m., clearing out ahead of daybreak. But even without fog or rain this early, it will still be damp and warm. Temperatures will start in the low to mid 60s and creep into the lower 70s in the afternoon.
Krewe of Iris 2017
The Krewe of Iris makes it way on the Uptown parade route in New Orleans on Feb. 25, 2017. (Photo by Brett Duke, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
The chance for rain increases throughout the day, climbing markedly into the afternoon. Clouds will increase through the morning with the first rate of note expected by early afternoon.
As the expected storms train from northwest to southeast, the downpours, the first event likely to feel the impact is the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade, which starts at noon in Baton Rouge. In the New Orleans area, the leading edge of the flow will head into St. Tammany Parish first, and the southern edge will follow a bit later on the south shore.
The Krewe of Iris moved its start time of its Uptown parade up an hour to try and beat the worst of the weather, which is expected later in the afternoon. But as the parade rolls into midday, the spotty showers of the morning could give way to steadier ones. Forecasters aren’t sure that the heavier storms that areas north and west of the city should see will hold up as they move south and east. But the later in the day it gets, the better the chance of rain.
New Orleans Most Talked About Club parades in Algiers on Feb. 14, 2014. (Brian Kozak)
NOMTOC: 10:45 a.m.
The sole West Bank parade on the Carnival schedule, NOMTOC may well be able to complete its Algiers route before the rain starts, but those attending should expected increasing clouds.
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