Record Cold and Record Andrew

August 23, 2018

Even though the dew point slid from "uncomfortable" to "sticky" the cold front that bridged through the area last night didn't knock down the temperature but dropped the humidity a "bit."  Here's  one you may remember - August 23, 2009 when Baton Rouge slipped to 63 degrees, tying a record set in 1997.  The following morning we dipped to 63, shattering a record dating back to 1957.  In 2004 we enjoyed an August spoiler with a stretch of six consecutive days of record cold.  It started on Friday, August 13 when our 61 degree overnight low broke the 65, set in 1931. The next day we set another one with 59, breaking the record in 1931 at 65 degrees.  The coldest days of the stretch occurred on Sunday, August 15 with a low of 58, whacking the previous 65 in 1967. August 16,17, 18 broke records going back seventeen years. Here's another anniversary that wasn't as popular as the previous. Prior to Harvey and Katrina, Hurricane Andrew in 1992 was the costliest hurricane in United States history. It was 26 years ago this weekend remembered as a busy time in the weather center.  We were "working the storm" as Andrew roared across Florida leaving massive destruction and was now back into the Gulf of Mexico, gaining momentum.  After landfall and when the tornado warnings came down, I left the station to grab a few hour’s sleep and check on the family. Similar to Gustav, the "Old Goodwood" section of Baton Rouge looked like loggers had paid a visit. Oak trees were strewn like pick-up sticks, intermingled with transformers and power poles. We experienced the effects of a single hurricane, the first of the season - in August. The storm was noted as the eighth costliest with $27.3 Billion in damage and claiming 65 lives.

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