Gumbo Weather, a designation as definitive as Hurricane Season
but more important. Gumbo Weather, the phrase flips a switch in a
Cajun's head and thinking goes "one track". In short Gumbo
Weather is the time of year when the weather cools off. The first
"cold snap" brings thoughts of a big pot of chicken/sausage
or seafood gumbo.
I guess Soup Weather and Gumbo Weather are one in the same, what
do you think? Is it actually the chill in the air, or is it the
chill in your bones that designates Gumbo Weather? If it's the chill
in your bones then we can't really pinpoint what Gumbo Weather is
since some of us "catch a chill" at different
temperatures, right? So what do we do?
We'll I got to thinking... oh oh! It all goes back to weather,
hot, cool, warm, cold, whatever. The weather man or lady is using
phrases on TV indicating what the air feels like on the skin. You
know these phrases as Heat Index and Wind Chill. When I hear the
phrase Heat Index, I definitely don't think of Gumbo, but when I
hear Wind Chill I can drop my deeply engrained fear of eating gumbo
at the wrong time. But, I still want to know at what temperature
Gumbo Weather begins.
I decided to get to the bottom of this so I went straight to the
weather man. I asked our friendly weather pro at KATC, Dave Baker.
My question: "At what temperature do you switch from Heat Index
to Wind Chill references?"
Here is Dave's answer (sic). Heat Index is used at 60ºF and above and
Wind Chill at 59ºF and below. There it is folks, Gumbo Weather is
officially when the air temperature is 59ºF or colder. Case Closed.
Okay smarty pants, what if it's 40 degrees when I get up in the
morning and it's 65 degrees at supper time? Put the dang air conditioner
on 59 and eat! And no singing at the table.