The June Tune
Almost on cue, as the calendar flipped to July, so came the hottest air so far in 2014.
The way June 2014 unfolded, the heat smarts a little, when typically we're accustomed to it this time of year. The first 90° high temperature of the year was recorded on June 5, over three weeks later than the average date for the first occurrence. This date was only five days shy of tying the record for latest into the year without a 90° high. The "fire" expanded from there with the next four days all surpassing 90° during the afternoon hours and 18 of the remaining 26 days eclipsing that mark.
Low temperatures did not stray far from the averages between 69° and 73° as the coolest thermometer reading of 66° came after heavy rain mid-morning on June 13. The warmest minimum temperature was 78° on June 29.
June's temperature departure from average was less than 1°.
There were extended periods of unsettled weather with a few pops of heavy rain in Baton Rouge. One record fell-on Wednesday June, 25, 3.84" of liquid accumulated in the bucket at Metropolitan Airport defeating a record more than 100 years old. The downpour came in the middle of a nearly weeklong stretch from Sunday June 22, to Friday June, 27 during which rain fell in the WBRZ viewing area each day and in Baton Rouge during five of the six days. Overall, the period could be categorized as a steady, soaking rain with no warnings or advisories needed within the local area.
Earlier in the month, flash flood warnings were needed for the heavy rains that fell on June 13 (mentioned above). Pointe Coupee and West Feliciana Parishes along with Amite, Wilkinson and Pike Counties all required bulletins that day. At the airport in Baton Rouge, a quick 0.51" fell between 8-11 a.m. Three days earlier, the Capital City received another 2.59" soaking.
The month ended with 11.36" of rain, making it nearly 5" wetter than average, giving the Capital City a rain surplus heading into the oppressive heat of July.
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