Pat Shingleton: "Bye-Bye October..."
The rain gauges have been inspected and the results have been received. Rainfall totals of 2.12 inches on October 24th, 8.60 inches on October 25th, 0.13 inches on October 26th and last weekend's 4.28 inches have made October, 2015, the wettest October on record. We typically average about 59 inches of rain each year in the Baton Rouge area and with 60 left in 2015 we presently are ranked 22nd on the Wettest Years on record with 65.4 inches of precipitation. In 1989 we logged 88.35 inches with 1973 capturing 79.07 inches. In addition to another weekend of wet weather we also received two confirmed tornadoes on the last day of October. The Livingston parish tornado touched down at 1:22 Saturday afternoon three miles west of Albany and stayed grounded for six minutes, ending two miles west of Albany with 90 mile per hour winds. The path length was two miles with a path width of 75 yards. The second twister hit four miles south of Loranger in Tangipahoa Parish with 80 m.p.h. winds, cutting a path length of 4 miles and a path width of 50 yards. This tornado was on the ground for ten minutes, ending five miles southeast of Loranger. As we move through the first days of November we'll enjoy a slight dry out with a return of showers and thundershowers on Friday and Saturday. This is a week of preparation and excitement as well for the LSU-Bama showdown with rain also expected in Tuscaloosa.