Record Setting Louisiana Summer Comes To An End
Tomorrow it will be fall. The day will dawn cool and crisp. There will be a hint of frost on the breeze and the multi-colored leaves will crackle under your feet. NOT! The only truth in those statements is this, tomorrow it will be fall.
The temperatures across the state will be hot. It won’t feel fall-like for several more weeks if you believe the long range forecast. Still, this summer has been one for the record books. As you might imagine many parts of our state set records for rainfall.
In 2016, Baton Rouge received a total of 44.02 inches, the number two spot was the summer of 1989, 34.59 inches was received.
The Summer months were also very warm, even by Louisiana standards. Alex Krautman with the National Weather Service office in Slidell told the Louisiana Radio Network that our neighbor to the south was to blame. Not that neighbor, the liquid neighbor. The Gulf of Mexico saw very warm water temperatures this summer.
Those sea surface temperatures have been at or near a record for nearly the entire summer and that’s had a tremendous influence on our nighttime low temperatures.
Even we amateur meteorologists can figure out a warm Gulf and warm temperatures have had a lot to do with the record rainfall.
There is more available moisture that is in the air and that air mass overspreads our state and that’s really the preexisting condition for strong thunderstorms and heavy downpours.
Alas, the cooler days of fall will eventually get here. The Gulf of Mexico will begin to cool and we will get some of those cool crisp days we are all dreaming of. It just won’t be today, tomorrow, or probably anytime next week.