Five Reasons To Hate Lafayette Weather In The Summertime
It's that time of year again, just as school lets out, we're looking forward to school going back in session...not because we're anxious to get back to school, but because it's so darn hot in the summer! Here are five reasons why as great is Lafayette is, it can be miserable in the summer.
Let's face it, the weather in the summer is just downright HOT. There's only so much you can do to stay cool, even in the shade. That's why all the youth softball games end right around June 1st. Not so much because it's Summer vacation, but because they'd all collapse from heat exhaustion if they played into the month. When you seriously consider taking a dip in the murky brown waters of the Vermilion River, you know its hot outside.
The most difficult job in Lafayette is to be a meteorologist in the Summer. There's almost no way to accurately predict whether it will rain or not for a majority of the Summer. With the daytime heating of the atmosphere and moist air coming up from the gulf, you may as well say 50/50 shot every day, making it difficult to plan any events outside.
Another reason why it's difficult to plan anything outside in the Summer is due to the explosion of the mosquito population. With some rain and some warm days, you can virtually see the cloud of the mosquito swarm as it rises from the surface of the drainage ditches, old spare tires, and anywhere else water collects.
The person who said 'It's not the heat, it's the humidity' must have come from Louisiana. If you travel to other warm areas, you've undoubtedly noticed the difference in 95 degrees with 10% humidity and 100% humidity. That's the reason why front porches were created, so you could sit in the shade and not do anything except drink any cold beverage that manages to stay cold for any length of time.
Last and definitely not least on the list is Hurricane season. Hurricanes give you some time to prepare for, but with all the close calls and scares, we still haven't learned how to prepare properly. Everyone is scrambling at the last minute to buy generators, water, batteries and everything else on the government approved list. One of the big problems with hurricanes is that once they start moving in a path through the gulf, it's like they send a message to other systems to play follow the leader. Then you get extended periods of time with no power, clean-up efforts, and all the bad that comes along with living in the bullseye we call South Louisiana.