This morning featured the coldest air around here since last January, but at least we don't have to deal with all that snow.
To keep it in perspective, upstate New York near Buffalo ended up with about 5 feet in 24 hours. The cold temperatures were still a bit much to deal with for many people. While we all think it's early for all this cold, the records lend to that argument. Armstrong International Airport tied a record of 31 set in 1951, and Slidell shatters the previous record of 29 set in 2008, getting down to 23 degrees.
Audubon does make a great point, though, when we talk about "ever" or "in history" when it comes to weather. The records at this reporting station go back further in history - first from the Old Customs House and then from the park. You have to go all the way back to 1903 for the 29-degree record closer to the heart of the city. The north shore saw the most dramatic drops with low- to mid-20s for much of the night. It made it all the way down to 22 in McComb.
Now we are on the upswing. It's pretty dramatic with this afternoon seeing temperatures in the middle 50s and peaking at 60 degrees in Kenner. That's a 10 to 15 degree swing from yesterday, and there is more to come.
The next three days are going to be the be the nicest this week with more mild temperatures and staying dry. Temperatures will bounce back into the 70s. Saturday we are looking for a disturbance to push by that will trigger storms, some of which could be severe. Pay close attention to the upcoming weather, as it looks like it will approach late on Saturday when most people may be distracted by their weekend activities.