Pat Shingleton: "Throwing Some Statistics..."
Our forecast Monday evening only emphasized another freeze advisory. Once the mercury dipped to 29 we anticipated the rain to hold off until mid-morning. Not the case as Mom Nature "threw" us enough early rain to flash freeze anything hitting the vegetation and the ground. The Winter Weather Advisory set up a raw Mardi Gras. We almost matched the coldest Mardi Gras on record but 24 degrees in 1974 still holds. It appears we set a Mardi Gras record for the coldest daytime high at 36 degrees, breaking the previous mark of 42 in 1980. The hottest Mardi Gras was three years ago when we hit 84 and highest overnight low occurred in 1997 at 72 degrees. Rounding out the Mardi Gras weather almanac, the wettest at 3.39 inches of rain was in 2001.