Top weather events of 2015
Posted on 12/28/2015 3:43:00 AM.
As 2015 is coming to an end, State Climatologist Barry Keim has put together a list of the top weather events in Louisiana for the year.   Keim picks El Nino as the state's top weather event of 2015.  

He says El Nino kicked in in March and will probably continue to build as we get deeper into winter.
"The beauty of El Nino is it's helped keep our tropical season very quiet in the Gulf of Mexico and it's now bringing us very early winter warmth."

He says he picked El Nino because of its duration and intensity.  Keim's number two pick is the squall line that moved across the state on April 27th.  He says this system swept from west to east across Louisiana and the whole southern half of the state felt its impact.

"This event spawned five tornadoes, it blew rail cars off of the Huey Long Bridge in Harahan down in Jefferson Parish, and it also produced a 70 mile per hour wind gust at New Orleans International Airport."

He lists drought as the number three weather event of the year.  He says the dry conditions began really settling in during the late summer and by late October, 86-percent of the state was in drought.

"And 53-percent of Louisiana was in either extreme or exceptional drought, which are the two worst classes according to the US Drought Monitor." 
Louisiana, weather, Barry Keim. 2015

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