Seasons around here are usually described as football, Mardi Gras, and hurricane, but the season of summer is upon us, starting Saturday morning.
Summer begins officially at 5:51 a.m., says Louisiana climatologist Barry Keim.
"At that moment, the sun will shine directly down on the Tropic of Cancer, and we will experience the summer solstice," Keim said. "This is also the longest day of the year here in Louisiana, with approximately 14 hours of daylight."
Keim also says we can expect a hot and relatively dry summer this year.
"This is somewhat related to the developing El Niño out in the eastern Pacific," he said. "We anticipate it having an impact on our hurricane season which is going to basically mitigate the number of hurricanes and the intensity of the hurricanes throughout much of this season."