Bundle Up Louisiana, it’s Going to be a Miserably Cold Winter
It's hard to imagine freezing temperatures and cold winds when we're dealing with brutal heat and weeks of triple digit temperatures, but that may well be what we have in store for us in just a few short months, according to Farmers Almanac.
Snowmageddon of 2021
For most of us, the memories of February 2021 are still vivid in our minds. We were actually snowed in for most of that historic week. And we were snowed in without power and without water as pipes froze and burst. And while emergencies and disasters bring out the best in us, it also tends to show the worst. People were hoarding supplies like bottled water like it was pure Iranian Beluga Caviar.
Here in Northwest Louisiana, we're just not prepared to deal with severe winter conditions. Although I prefer the cold over the hot... there's a reason, (actually there are several), that I don't live in Minnesota or North Dakota. But, of those reasons, the winter weather would be near the top of the list.
Winter Forcast for Louisiana
What is causing this extreme heat? And why is the upcoming winter expected to be another harsh one? Farmer's Almanac is forecasting above normal precipitation with colder than normal temperatures for Louisiana. This is because of the El Nino over the Pacific Ocean. The El Nino is also what's causing these extremely hot temperatures over us right now. The Farmer's Almanac predicts that there is the possibility of a winter storm moving into our area in late January, that can be categorized as a major winter storm. It's still too early to know if it will be anything like Snowmageddon of 2021, but here's hoping it's not even close.
But Summer Ain't Over Yet
Weather Channel Meteorologist Richard Lewelling told KEEL News what we're dealing with now is caused by a "high-pressure dome" over the southern part of the country, causing the temperatures to remain high, while keeping any measurable precipitation from being able to form to offer any relief. According to extended forecasts, triple-digit temperatures are expected into September, with upper 90's continuing several weeks into the fall.