New Orleans Endures One of the Coldest Mardi Gras Ever

By Kristen Rodman, Staff Writer
Mar 4, 2014; 9:01 PM ET
Share |

It was a cold, wet day for Mardi Gras participants in New Orleans Tuesday.

The high temperature hit 41 degrees for the Big Easy, more than 20 degrees below the date's average temperature of 69 degrees. It rests two degrees above the coldest high temperature on record for a Mardi Gras, which was 39 degrees on Feb. 14, 1899.

In past years when Fat Tuesday fell on March 4, the temperature was typically in the 60s or even high 70s. The previous coldest high for the celebrations on this date was 56 degrees in 1939.

After a cold front brought a few showers and colder weather to New Orleans on Monday, rain made a quick return just in time for Mardi Gras celebrations.

Rain moved throughout the area Tuesday, starting off as some morning showers followed by a steadier rain in the afternoon.

This rain will continue into the evening before tapering off overnight, making for a wet day.

Not only did people in New Orleans have to endure the rainy weather, but also the chilly weather brought by the passage of Monday's cold front.

Detailed New Orleans Weather
Louisiana Weather Radar
Southeast Regional Weather Radar

The rain looks to clear the area on Wednesday for those heading home or staying to celebrate an extra day with temperatures rebounding to near 60.


Comments left here should adhere to the Community Guidelines. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.

More Weather News

  • Coastal Storm to Drench DC to NYC, Boston

    Sep 23, 2014; 6:30 PM ET

    Umbrellas and raincoats will be put to good use by those along much of the Interstate-95 corridor as rain moves northward during the middle of the week.

Daily U.S. Extremes

past 24 hours

  Extreme Location
High 110° Death Valley, CA
Low 31° Tuolumne Meadows, CA
Precip 1.91" Russell, KS


On average, substantial cooling takes place across Canada and the extreme northern U.S. from late September through October as much less heat energy is absorbed by the ground. At the same time, storms are more potent as the jet stream strengthens and shifts south. Tropical storms remain a threat as the ocean waters remain warm.

This Day In Weather History

Washington, D.C. (1980)
The high temperature hit 90 degrees for the 67th time in 1980. Never before had there been a year with so many 90-degree readings. The previous record was 59 days in 1966.

Redding, Calif. (1991)
Record high of 104 degrees; the previous record was 103 degrees in 1964.


9/24/2014 4:25:40 AM /news-entry.asp 4 .75.111 (accuweather)-- [new]