Pat Shingleton: "Comparisons and an Old Station"
When you rise and shine Friday morning tune in to Tune-In and Josh Eachus. We expect the morning low to be a cool 56 degrees. We haven't enjoyed a cool morning since last May. Josh and your entire weather team will also be monitoring the 14th storm of the season, Matthew, that could be on Cuba by Monday. Ironically, here is a column I posted in The Advocate on September 29, 2010... "The last time we were this cool was on May 6th and May 9th when we logged an overnight low of 58. We project a low this morning of 55 and if you catch Dave Nussbaum on Tune-In this morning on WBRZ, Channel 2, he’ll verify our predictions. The 55 reading will match the last time we were this cool heading back to April 29th. We also project that we should stay under the 60 degree mark for our overnight lows and under the 90 degree mark for our daytime highs. Finally, the sixteenth tropical depression of the season has formed south of Cuba. Its track will slide it along eastern Florida into the weekend." In years past, October was noted for storm development. Hurricane Hilda on October 3, 1964 killed 16 Louisiana residents and after moving inland, tornadoes killed 22 more in LaRose. In 1999, October hurricanes: Mitch, Joyce, Keith, Irene and Opal caused extensive damage. The "October 2, 1915 Hurricane" moved from Mobile to Tangipahoa Parish and Baton Rouge while the "October 10, 1937 Hurricane" began in the Yucatan, slid into Texas and tracked east into Baton Rouge. On October 28, 1985, Hurricane Juan did the “loop-dee-loop” hitting Vermillion Parish. On this date in 2002 we were preparing for Lili that went through Lafayette. Finally, years ago, manual weather readings were conducted at the Baton Rouge Weather Service Office. This exercise constituted data collection from instrumentation and other observations. For the last 112 years, an observer has recorded daily temperature readings and observations at a remote location and nature area, 90 miles north of New York City. The station recorders have used the same method of data collection for more than 43,353 readings. Experts suggest that it is incredibly rare to have a level of continuity at this site as scientists wrestle to ensure temperature readings from thousands of other stations are accurate.