Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

It’s been cold in New Orleans lately. The last two nights we’ve had freeze warnings. I don’t think it actually froze, though. Fortunately the new insulation under our house seems to be making a huge difference in terms of our general comfort level. The energy savings remain to be seen. I still find cold weather […]

Cold Front

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Another cold front passed through our area this weekend. On Saturday it was unseasonably warm, on Sunday unseasonably cold, and all day long Sunday I felt out of sorts — not quite right — like my body was out of tune. Nothing severe, but a tiny headache, a touch of fatigue, a slightly upset stomach, […]

Back to School

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Instead of strengthening into a named storm, Tropical Depression #5 petered out and dissipated into nothing but a bunch of rainy weather. If it had played out differently, school might have been cancelled, but as it was today was the first day of classes at Xy’s new school. Yes, she’s teaching again, as I mentioned […]

Purple & Black Rain

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

The dry spell was broken at last this morning. Purple (and Black) Rain by Editor B

Better Safe

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

I woke around dawn to the sound of heavy downpouring rain. After it kept up for a while, I reluctantly dragged myself out of bed, put on a pair of boxers, some sandals, and a baseball hat, and ran out to move the car up to the driveway. Xy tried to tell me it wasn’t […]

Thawing Out

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

There was a little frost outside this morning, but our cold snap seems to be coming to an end. The morning bike ride was chilly but not bone-chilling. It looks as though we won’t see freezing temperatures for the rest of the week. Hopefully the rest of the season! Personally I’d be happy if I […]

My Big Chill

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

By strange coincidence, I found myself watching The Big Chill Friday night. It’s one of those super-famous movies that I’ve just somehow never seen. Alas, when the flick was over and I turned in for the evening, I neglected to leave a trickle of water running, as I’d done Thursday night. This, despite the fact […]


Friday, January 8th, 2010

We are experiencing the coldest damn weather since we moved here to New Orleans ten years ago. In fact it may break records going back much further than that. Our new house is raised and has no subfloor. I’d been told a cold wind can whip under the floor something fierce, and sure enough over […]

Well, Crap

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Overnight New Orleans got pounded by heavy, heavy rain for several hours. Also some serious gusts. We lost power for a while during the night and there was of course some street flooding throughout the city. The weather has caused our fumigation to be postponed. They were set to tent the house this morning, but […]

Summer Is Cool

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Unseasonably cool weather again today, something we’ve been enjoying off and on for the last couple weeks. Nevertheless I feel that summer is here. Xy’s done with school, not just teaching but also the extra days teachers have to work after classes end. (In fact she’s cleared out her classroom and brought home a huge […]

Uncommon Cold

Friday, January 16th, 2009

I’m feeling better, though by no means 100%, and I’m back at work today. Ironically, as I’ve gotten over my cold, the weather here’s colder than ever. Yes, a cold front swept through overnight, and it’s mighty chilly in New Orleans. (Strangely enough our car has started without problems despite the recent cold weather.) How […]


Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Here’s something I’ve never seen before: It’s snowing in New Orleans. Update: So early this morning as I was taking the girl to school, I thought to myself, “It’s cold and wet and damp and nasty — but at least it’s not snowing.” Rimshot. Boss Lady and O were beside themselves. Sadly enough, the only […]

Partly Nippy

Monday, October 27th, 2008

It was cooler today, with a bit of a nip in the air, the first hint of cold weather since spring. I object to this turn of affairs. I don’t know if it’s my body or my mind that takes greater umbrage. But I can feel myself clench up, mentally and physically. I was a […]

A Change in the Weather

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

A cold front came through yesterday, pushing rain before it. Now the weather here is distinctly cooler and drier. The oppressive heat and humidity of summer is gone, at least for a little while. Furthermore, we’re over the hump of hurricane season. After the 10th of September, I think, the historical record indicates a dramatic […]


Thursday, September 11th, 2008

I got Iked on my bike this morning. I was partway to work, and I noticed the sky was getting dark — really dark. Hope I can make it there before… And then the heavens opened and the water poured down. By the time I got to campus, the rain had practically stopped. I guess […]

Ike Is Wearing a Cowboy Hat

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Sometimes a phrase gets stuck in my head and just keeps repeating like a mantra. Last month it was a random remark by my mother-in-law: “It’s only going to get worse.” But for the last two days, the phrase echoing in my mind comes courtesy of GJ: Hurr.Ike is wearing a cowboy hat. Looks like […]

Buggin’ Out

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

New Orleans remains within Gustav’s cone of anxiety. The prognosticators seem to think he’ll make landfall late Monday somewhat west of here, but hurricanes have a way of turning unexpectedly for good or ill. This one’s gonna be too close for comfort. When Ivan threatened back in 2004, only the foolish and the poor remained. […]

Distant Early Warning

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Gustav is set to enter the Gulf this weekend. He’s only a tropical storm right now, but he should be a hurricane by then. I only became aware of Gustav yesterday, when Karen asked, “When do we start freaking out?” My reply: “Thursday morning.” It’s only Wednesday now, so I’m not worried yet. But I […]

What Cool Breezes Do

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Fay was a killer storm. Yet now she’s disintegrating over land somewhere to the north and east of here, and we’re being gently lashed by cool breezes and mild drizzling rain. It doesn’t feel like August in New Orleans, not by a long shot. This is a dark time of the year here. August used […]


Saturday, May 24th, 2008

We finally turned on the AC today as even the nights are getting quite warm. I like to make it to June 1st if we can, but this year not quite. This always strikes me as the saddest day of the year somehow. We now have five window units, at least three of which are […]