Labor Day weekend historically has been a busy time in the tropics and especially for us here in Louisiana. In recent memory we've had a number of storms or threats over the holiday weekend including Katrina, Gustav and Isaac. That is not the case this year.
"The season's not over yet," State Climatologist Barry Keim warns. "The midpoint is September the 10th."
Channel 4 Meteorologist Derek Kevra points out that we are getting close to a record breaking season, in terms of the furthest into a hurricane season without a hurricane.
"September 11th is the latest date that we've ever seen the first hurricane," Kevra explained. "That is a record that is in jeopardy this year."
He says based on what is out there now, if things don't change soon, we could well go beyond September 11th without a hurricane.
So far this year we have had six tropical storms, but no hurricanes.
Keim warns, however, that a prevailing weather system that's been deterring formation over the central Atlantic Ocean may not stick around much longer. He notes we've seen slow starts and then a barrage of activity before.
"A couple of years ago at this point in the season we had six named storms and ended up with 19," according to Keim.
He says we are just now entering the "teeth" of the season.