Whew! What a day! As I mentioned yesterday, timing & location. The South Shore east of LaPlace & Kenner was spared the brunt of today’s storms. We did have a wind gust at FOX 8 of 50 mph, but the tornado damage stayed to our west and north. A cold front is bringing cooler and drier air in for the next several days and you’ll need sweaters and jackets once again. Winds will still be strong through at least midday on Wednesday with much less wind for Thursday-Saturday. No more rain is expected until next week. My last day is next Wednesday and, wouldn’t you know it, models are hinting at another strong upper disturbance might head our way. What a way to go out! Not!
With 8 days to go, let me talk about the weather observer network we have here at FOX 8. I tried to duplicate what Roy Leep (my 1st boss) had in Tampa & what I developed in my time in Dayton, Ohio. I asked for viewers who had rain gauges to call me with their rain totals. We started with a couple but through the years, we now have nearly 60 individuals who help make my weather truly local. Some have been with me for decades with the oldest being “Miss Betty” in Metairie at a young 93. In fact, Miss betty had a health scare last week & had a pacemaker put in. But she was back at it again tonight. All Hail Miss Betty! Several have passed on through the years and I can’t thank them enough as they all are unpaid (free) reporters. Tomorrow we look back at how I became “little Tiger Woods”!