National Weather Service remembers the area weather of 2013

National Weather Service remembers the area weather of 2013
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POSTED: Monday, December 30, 2013 - 11:22am

UPDATED: Monday, December 30, 2013 - 11:43am

The National Weather Service in New Orleans has released its "2013 Weather Year in Review," which includes areas of Baton Rouge to New Orleans to southern Mississippi...

January...the second wettest on record at Baton Rouge with a monthly total of 14.67 inches. 7.96 inches of that fell between the 7th and the 10th. On the 10th, an EF-1 tornado stuck near Plaquemines in Iberville parish causing some roof damage in an industrial park. On the 13th, an EF-0 tornado touched down in Zachary and an EF-1 tornado moved near Poplarville, MS.

February...the city of New Orleans hosted the NFL Super Bowl, which saw beautiful sunny and cool conditions for game day. However, over a stretch from the 22nd through the 25th, several rounds of severe thunderstorms produced large hail and damaging winds throughout the service area. Most notable was baseball sized hail occurring in Marrero on the 24th. Straight-line winds close to 100 mph on the west bank, an EF-1 tornado in Houma on the 25th, along with large hail across much of metro New Orleans.

March...the 4th driest march on record at New Orleans international airport with only 1.08 inches measured; this also ranked 9th driest for the greater New Orleans area on record. On the 18th, large hail between 1 and 2 inch diameters fell across southwest MS. On the 31st, large hail and damaging winds impacted the Baton Rouge area, across the North Shore parishes and into southwest MS.

April...the 5th wettest April with 11.62 inches at New Orleans International Airport. The 11th saw an EF-1 tornado move across airport drive in Slidell with several homes damaged near the NWS office. On the 24th, a couple of tornadoes moved through heavily populated upper Jefferson parish, an EF-1 in Kenner and an EF-0 tornado in Metairie. Widespread wind damage also occurred across metro New Orleans.

May...ended up the 10th wettest on record at New Orleans international airport with 8.23 inches. Meanwhile, Baton Rouge had its 8th coldest may with an average temperature of 72.4f. This would also aid in setting the 4th coldest spring season for Baton Rouge with an average temperature of 65.0f for March-April-May. On the 22nd, 80 mph wind gusts were reported from a down burst in Assumption parish.

June...several reports of large hail and straight-line wind damage was received in the Slidell area and the river parishes. On the 19th, a strong waterspout moved ashore onto Grand Isle, causing tornado damage to a few camps.

July...severe thunderstorms were reported in the Baton Rouge area on the 14th when trees were downed and homes were damaged due to strong winds. On the 22nd, 65 to 70 mph winds produced storm damage in portions of Pike county, MS. overall quiet weather month. A record high of 97ºF was measured at New Orleans International Airport on the 7th. This was also the warmest day of the year for New Orleans.

September...the 4th warmest September in New Orleans with an average temperature of 81.7ºF. On the 3rd, hail fell for 7 minutes in New Roads, La.

October...was a quiet month, but did have the closest tropical cyclone threat when Tropical Storm Karen formed near the Yucatan Peninsula on the 3rd, but fizzled prior to reaching the Louisiana Coast by the 6th. This was one of six tropical systems in the Gulf where five of them struck Mexico. Only Tropical Storm Andrea made landfall on U.S. shores in the Florida big bend area back in early June.

November...a rather uneventful month until Thanksgiving Day. An early arctic cold front moved through the area, bringing a hard freeze to south Mississippi. Thanksgiving morning saw low temperatures of 26ºF at Baton Rouge, 25ºF at McComb and 27ºF at
Pascagoula, MS. On the next morning New Orleans reported 32ºF.

December...a daily record high of 82ºF was reported at New Orleans International Airport on the 6th. Audubon park also broke a record with 83ºF on the 6th. This was followed by about two weeks of cooler than normal conditions. Temperatures reached 80ºF on the 20th and 21st and very windy conditions impacted the region on the 21st.


What weather event would you add? What do you remember the most from this year?


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