It's hard to think about needing a jacket when there are three tropical systems currently churning in the Atlantic Basin but with the cooler weather forecast for the next few days now would be a great time to see if we will actually have a "winter" in Louisiana.

For a lot of us, a Louisiana Winter means just having to wear a jacket in the morning and enjoying hot gumbo in the evening. We will certainly have our "cold" days but it looks as if the next ice age won't be happening in our state over the months of December, January, and February.

The official forecast from the National Weather Service says we can expect above normal temperatures. So there's a good chance you'll be able to wear your shorts to the mall in the week leading up to Christmas.

Forecasters also aren't expecting the winter season to be any wetter than normal. That means there should be plenty of dry leaves to really help those New Year's allergies fire up in time for your good luck kiss.

The Old Farmer's Almanac is saying we should screw our wigs on tight because we are in for a wild ride. By a "wild ride", they believe the forecast for Louisiana and surrounding states will have weather extremes. That means some very cold days followed by some unseasonably warm days. There will be periods of a lot of rain and then times when it won't rain at all.

Regardless, none of these forecasts will mean anything if we can't make it through the rest of the Hurricane Season. Right now I'd much rather be discussing wind chill than storm surge.


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