Monday, January 15, 2007

Winter Weather

It looks frosty for Central Louisiana and environs for the next two days.

That's the AccuWeather radar image for Louisiana. The blue band is snow potential and the pink band is ice potential for Monday morning. That front is moving slowly and we've probably already had our high temperature for today.

PawPaw went out for butane and talked to some of the geezers hanging around the fire at the hardware store. One fellow had just gotten off the phone with his daughter in Bossier City. It's getting icy up there.

Years of watching the weather patterns in this area have convinced me that whatever Shreveport gets, we're about five hours behind them. Add about four degrees for our more southerly latitude. We're in for icy weather ourselves.

Most folks in the United States can stand a couple of inches of snow and ice. It cripples us. We in the far Deep South have no idea how to deal with frozen precipitation, except to hunker down and wait for it to melt.

PawPaw is fixing to hunker down, check on family, and await the end of this nastiness.

UPDATE: NOAA says this about that:
Tonight: Periods of rain, mixing with freezing rain after 3am. Low around 33. North wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.

Tuesday: Rain, freezing rain and sleet likely, becoming all rain after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 35. North wind between 10 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.
I'm thinking it's probably about time to make a big pot of chili.

**UPDATE** Grandma just came into the room chuckling. She had felt a cool draft and went to investigate. We've got a fire in the fireplace and the heat from the fireplace had reached the thermostat, which turned on the air conditioning. (sigh). Only in the Deep South would you run the A/C and the fireplace at the same time. She and I concur that we probably don't need the A/C today.


Anonymous said...

Darn that Global Warming!

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking along about July and August I'll be wishing I had braved
today's near-freezing temps and howling winds and went muzzleloader deer hunting.

Anonymous said...

Lived in a house where the thermostat was just around the corner from the fireplace. Didn't have A/C, but the furnace would shut off and the rest of the house would get very cold. Slightly O/T: If you have an older home,check the attic to see if anything has been moved over close to the chimney. Many an older home has no insulation around the chimney in the attic space. We had a big old leather covered trunk that someone shoved over, and it was charred almost completely through on the chimney side. OldeForce