This morning’s run of the GFS (American) model is again hinting at tropical development in the Gulf at 12-14 days bringing the disturbance right into Louisiana. This model has been there before hinting for 10-14 days before Alberto something would form in the Gulf & move to our west, move to our east, move right over us, yada, yada, yada. With the MJO (Madden-Julian Oscillation) moving into the unfavorable (sinking air) phase, I place little or no faith in the GFS solution at 14 days…and so should you. Our big news for the next 3-5 days will be on the near record heat coupled with the near zero rain chances. Gardeners should be on full alert. Water your plants & flowers or they will begin to wilt. Our next rain chance isn’t likely until late Sunday into Monday when a weak front will try to approach and push through. We all know at this time of the year fronts are no longer cool, but just bring us some drier (less humid) air for a day or two. There is still an upper trough over the eastern Gulf tonight, but models show an upper ridge will build eastward out of Texas (where highs topped 100+) into LA/MS tomorrow through Saturday. After a below normal April temperature-wise, May is likely to be the hottest ever that will continue into the first week of June. What will cool us & make us less hot? Typical daily afternoon T-Storms driven by daytime heating. Don’t get the rain, you bake. Lucky to get wet, you’re less hot. Looking at it in a positive way, our next real cold front is only 14-16 weeks away. You want to be negative? We have another 4 months of this brutal heat. Another way to cool down…head to the Rockies where at least at night there is a crispy chill in the air. Stop whining folks…think of how the early settlers back in the 17-1800s had to deal with the heat without electricity & AC? Had to be a tougher generation back then! Stay tuned!
FYI…FOX 8’s annual Hurricane special Weathering the Storm 2018 airs Thursday evening at 6 pm.