Oct 26, 2015

The Cataclysm That Wasn’t: Hurricane Patricia Largely Spares Mexico, Texas

Mexico
by
Bob Henson
,
Weather Underground
Aerial view of the Chamela community, Jalisco State, Mexico on October 24, 2015, after the passage of Hurricane Patricia. Patricia flattened dozens of homes on Mexico's Pacific coast, but authorities said Saturday the record-breaking hurricane largely spared the country as it weakened to a tropical depression. Photo credit: Mario Vazquez/AFP/Getty Images.
Aerial view of the Chamela community, Jalisco State, Mexico on October 24, 2015, after the passage of Hurricane Patricia. Patricia flattened dozens of homes on Mexico's Pacific coast, but authorities said Saturday the record-breaking hurricane largely spared the country as it weakened to a tropical depression. Photo credit: Mario Vazquez/AFP/Getty Images.

Rainfall amounts averaged 5” to 10” from the central coast across the Houston area, resulting in widespread but non-catastrophic flooding...Baton Rouge notched 8.60” and the New Orleans airport picked up 8.67”, both setting monthly records for any single date in October. Even larger amounts of rain fell from Thursday through Saturday across central Texas...The multiday event pushed the Dallas-Fort Worth area into seventh place for its wettest year on record. With 46.64” up through Saturday, the DFW metro area is within striking distance of the record 53.54” observed in 1991.