Pat Shingleton: "From '13 to '14..."
Happy New Year from your Weather Department! As we head into January let's rewind to January, 2013-the second wettest on record with 14.67 inches of rain;7.96 inches fell between the 7th and 10th. In addition an EF-1 tornado hit Plaquemine. March was the 4th driest on record while April was the 5th wettest. May was the 8th coldest to date and the 4th coldest Spring. In July, severe storms on the 14th toppled trees and damaged homes with 70 mph winds in Pike County. September was the 4th warmest on record and a relatively quiet hurricane season as Tropical Storm Karen fizzled on the coast. Our first hard freeze at 26 was on Thanksgiving morning. Thanks for letting me share my "weather" items in this column and on-line for 14 years.
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