Hurricane Irma is a Category 5 storm moving through the Caribbean, but state climatologist Barry Keim says Irma should be Florida’s problem, not Louisiana’s. He says a cold front will move over the state today and the timing could not be better for Louisiana, but it’s very unfortunate for Florida.
“Thank God for that cold front. It’s going to be incredible conditions for the latter part of this week and into the weekend, and in addition it’s going to keep a major hurricane from hitting us. So it’s pretty incredible conditions,” Keim said.
Keim says Irma should pass just north of Cuba as a major hurricane. He says the storm will maintain its strength as it closes in on Florida. But he says conditions will change as the storm begins to enter the Gulf late Saturday or early Sunday.
“It’s going to intersect with the front that’s crossing Louisiana today, and the upper air above the front will steer Irma northward, stopping its westward movement, which should basically protect Louisiana,” Keim said.
Keim says the storm certainly bears watching, because things can change, but for now Louisiana appears to be in the clear. He says the cold front will bring delightful conditions to the Bayou State that will last through the weekend.
“Here in Louisiana, we can expect a significant drop in humidity and morning minimum temperatures in the 60s, perhaps even as low as 60 in parts of the state, with high temperatures in the low 80s,” Keim said.