Pat Shingleton: "2015 Round-Up..."
The Top Ten Weather Events in 2015 included a missed prediction for New York. A year ago the National Weather Service suggested that this event could be the highest snow event on record. After the storm only 9.8 inches of snow was recorded in Central Park while other sections of northern New England received 30 inches as this event was numero uno on the list. Number 2 on the list are the May floods that inundated Texas and Oklahoma, the wettest on record. Making the third position was the climate change controversy and the rate of warming for planet Earth. Tropical Storm Bill made the list and garnered the fourth spot. In June 16th the storm made landfall on the Texas coast and further contributed to record flooding in Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri. A heat wave hit the Pacific Northwest during the summer with daytime highs of 116 degrees in late June. California's "Valley Fires" gained headlines as 76,000 acres were scorched on September 12th. Flooding in South Carolina caused $2 billion in economic losses and was determined to be the worst event in 1,000 years. Climatologists determined that 4.4 trillion gallons of rain was dropped. Hurricane Patricia hit on October 23rd in west Mexico as the eighth worst with the Paris Climate Summit in the 9th slot. Number 10 was our recent Christmas Weather. Baton Rouge had three consecutive days of record heat through Christmas Day with record flooding in the Midwest. Early January events took me back 13 years and the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Tiger fans packed the Super Dome on a cloudy, cold day. Rain changed to sleet, then flurries. At the end of the game, snow was accumulating in Baton Rouge.