Pat Shingleton: "October Storms... The Reasons..."
In late October and early November, the Gulf Coast region typically experiences more thunderstorm activity. One reason is the transition from a tropical weather scenario to increasing frontal passages. The interaction of strong systems and lingering humidity kick-out showers, thundershowers and storms. On October 29, 2002, a twister hit the southeastern sections of Baton Rouge, leveling trees and damaging roofs as straight-line winds caused additional damage in Pearl River County. On November 15, 2006, severe storms created rotation to produce a series of tornadoes tracking from Lake Pontchartrain. Touchdowns occurred in Greensburg and Tylertown with a fatality in Montpelier. On November 24, 2004 straight line winds here, sped eastward to Slidell damaging 152 homes and a strong tornado damaged 70 homes and 4 buildings in Covington on November 21, 1997. Saturday’s column reported on fish falling from the sky in Marksville. In 1956, Fay Swanson noticed a Philippine monkey flopped over her clothesline in San Mateo, CA. Authorities determined it couldn’t have fallen from a passing plane. Other October events include a three-pound, foot-long white marble cylinder hitting a farm in Waterville, Ohio. Wallace Baker reported that an 18 inch-long chain landed on his bulldozer in Missouri, in 1959. Grady Honeycutt, no relation to Leo, fishing on a five acre lake in North Carolina, reported a luminous sphere, moved through the sky, dropping to the water near his boat and disintegrating. Ivar Quigley experienced a nine iron falling from the sky in Killarney, Ireland. It blasted through a window at the Golden Nugget Pub hitting Bernie the Plumber.