Pat Shingleton: "Audrey and the End-of-the-Month..."
The storms that most affected Baton Rouge were: Betsy, Andrew, Lili, Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Isaac. From history books to stories that may have been passed down from parents and grandparents, many will remember June 27th, noting the 62nd anniversary of Hurricane Audrey. This early-season storm blasted the Louisiana/Texas border with a 12 foot surge across Cameron, Vermillion, Iberia and St. Mary parishes with wind gusts of 180 miles per hour. With at least 500 deaths, Audrey set a record for the most storm deaths in the month of June and only one of two major hurricanes to make landfall in the month of June... As we say goodbye to June, we review some end-of-the-month weather events. On June 25, 1960, a twister hit Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, cutting a 100 yard path for two miles. Thirty-four injuries were reported with a destroyed chapel and camping equipment scattered for 14 miles. On June 26, 1969, lightning struck the Lanesboro State Fish Hatchery in Minnesota; 19,000 fish were fried. In Inverness, FL on June 25, '96, a bolt of lightning blasted a backyard clothes-line, sending the charge through a dog leash.