By Eric Schmidt

The New Orleans Saints have undergone one of the most chaotic offseasons of any NFL franchise this season with the Bountygate scandal and having been slapped with multiple suspensions. The Saints and the New Orleans area have been able to rebound after Hurricane Katrina but a new tropical system, Tropical Storm Isaac, seems to be looming on the horizon for the region, with every model showing the tropical cyclone becoming Hurricane Isaac.

Other than writing about football, I have been an avid hurricane follower for several decades. Tropical Storm Isaac is rounding Key West, Florida as I type and many of the most accurate computer models this hurricane season are dialing in on New Orleans as a possible landfall. Without digging into a very detailed weather breakdown, Isaac is a very disorganized storm currently, but is going to be entering into a very favorable environment for further development.

The official forecast track from the National Hurricane Center has been trending back to the west over the last few runs. The current track shows Isaac as a hurricane, making landfall just to the east of Louisiana around 8am on Wednesday. Global models however are trending further to the west.

The New Orleans Saints are set to open their 2012 season on September 9, against the Washington Redskins. Tropical Storm Isaac has been a very difficult storm to forecast, many models ramp the storm up to a formidable storm once it enters into the Gulf of Mexico, and while this doesn’t have the appearance of Hurricane Katrina, Isaac could make a significant impact in the Louisiana region. Another distraction that the Saints do not need.

 

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