Cold records shattered in New Orleans and Baton Rouge

“You should have been in SE Louisiana,” says reader. “We had record lows in N.O. area of 20 degrees and no electricity for 32 hours! We woke up to 48 degrees in our house!

This winter we already have had three very low cold spells. We haven’t seen TEMPS and Freezing rain like this in my life of 55 years. Our streets for two days city wide have been impassable except for ground level short trips.



Note from Robert

Frank is correct. It was historically cold Wednesday morning in southeast Louisiana.

In New Orleans, temperatures dropped to 20F (-6.7C) at Louis Armstrong International Airport, breaking the old record low of 23F (-5C) set on Jan. 17, 1977.

And the mercury at Baton Rouge Metro Airport plunged to 14F (-10C), beating the old record low of 18F (-7.8C) set in 1977.

It was also the coldest temperature recorded on any day in Baton Rouge since Dec. 24, 1989.

Thanks to Ron R for this link

7 thoughts on “Cold records shattered in New Orleans and Baton Rouge

  1. Hey my home is set to 48 degrees in the morning to save on heat!
    I keep a small space heater on low in my bedroom at about 60F in there but in the rest of my house it’s 48F whenever the lows drop below 30F here in the morning. But by turning on the range, my other space heater on high and the central heat, it goes up to 72F within 40 minutes.

    • I don’t think you folks from the south have enough insulation, I was told by a building trades teacher in high school that 70% of heat loss is through your ceiling. I think he was correct, I read once 18 inches were required for my area so I did that. It’s great, but I worked on a whole lot of houses around here and very few have that much and they pay $$$$ for heat, same for cooling. The cost of the ins. will often pay off in fuel savings in a year. Keep your attic ventilated well though, it’s like “outside”. Too much heat loss can cause condensate on the rafters and start dripping water.

  2. They are breaking records from the late 70s? Wow. As someone old enough to remember the 70s that was a very cold period.

    I suspect and am worried that this is just the start.

  3. Hurrah for President Trump’s policy of energy dominance! We’re going to need all the energy we can produce over the next years, and the Europeans and Asians want us to step up energy exports, especially LNG.

  4. I quoted Robert’s book to fellow employees years ago and they were sceptical. I told them after the suns last low in 2010 there is an eight year lag time and they were sceptical. I told them over the phone because of the cold and ice on the roads we couldn’t get to work here in new Orleans for two days, they stopped being sceptical and are now listening. It has been eight years and Robert is right.

  5. Today, Friday, in SouthEast Louisiana, it will finally warm up above freezing, and we will find out how much damage has occurred to plumbing pipes, citrus and other fruit orchards, other infrastructure. Our region is simply not prepared to exist for three days of solid freeze. Few state or parish entities are prepared with sand, salt, or equipment for frozen roadways and bridges. For over two days, most highways have been closed to traffic. My homestead is a mush, but I have been preparing for such a time over a course of 25 years.

  6. I’m also old enough to remember the 70s. Yes, that was a very cold period. I remember in 1976 having to drive from Beeville Texas back to Houston the weekend right after Thanksgiving. It snowed on us all the way home and the temp went down to 19F that evening.

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