2016 will be remembered for two significant flood events, one in north Louisiana and the other in south Louisiana, which killed 13 people in August. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the north Louisiana flood event took place between March 7th and 12th. He says between 15 to 25 inches of rain fell.
"Most of this fell across northern parishes of Louisiana and that all of this water came down the Sabine River, which later flooded and shut down I-10 for four days," Keim said.
In August, Keim says the state experienced an unprecedented rain event. 30,000 people had to be rescued and nearly 150,000 homes damaged. He says the largest rainfall total was in Livingston Parish.
"Louisiana set an all-time record for its two-day rainfall total with 31.39 inches in Watson," Keim said.
But once the flood waters receded, the state experienced several weeks without any rainfall, making this another unusual weather year.
"By late November, the U.S. Drought Monitor had over 99% of the state in drought with 73% in either severe or extreme drought," Keim said.
Keim says there was also a massive tornado outbreak as 13 twisters hit the state on February 23rd, killing two people in St. James Parish.