Today’s high only reached 89, 3 short of the record of 92, but way above the normal/average of 80. Much colder air remains over western & northern Louisiana, but it has struggled to make much headway towards us as a large upper high is anchored over the SE & Gulf Coast. The front continues to stagger closer to us and should arrive sometime before daybreak. This will be a very shallow layer of cooler air making for lots of low clouds & fog on Wednesday morning. You should notice a different feel when you head off to work tomorrow, but the core of the cold will stay to our north. We’ll have to wait until Saturday evening for a real cold front to roar through making for a great feeling Sunday. Best rain chances will be with the front Saturday afternoon & evening. There could be some light rain/drizzle tomorrow morning with the weaker front, but that will be more a nuisance. Next week could turn stormy & we should get used to it, since in an El Nino year, the southern/northern Gulf storm track usually gets very active. Once into December with colder air around…who knows? Could this be the year of Winter snows across the Gulf coast? I don’t mind cooler. I do mind Arctic Blasts & snow.
ABC News had the owner of the house still standing after being in Michael’s eyewall. How did he do it? Build out of concrete & steel, have pilings down to 40 feet, have smaller windows and the mandatory elevation that allows the storm surge waves to pass underneath the house. What I think will happen is folks will just take their insurance money and rebuild the same way as before the storm. Lesson learned? Nope. Stay tuned!