Sep 23, 2016

Record Rain and Lots of Humidity Defined Baton Rouge’s Summer

Baton Rouge, LA
USA
by
Josh Eachus
,
WxShift
A Coast Guard team help cleanup a house in Baton Rouge in the wake of this summer’s extreme floods. Photo: Coast Guard News/flickr
A Coast Guard team help cleanup a house in Baton Rouge in the wake of this summer’s extreme floods. Photo: Coast Guard News/flickr

For Baton Rouge, the summer of 2016 will go down as the wettest ever recorded. The Great Flood of 2016 was responsible for approximately 40 percent of 44 inches of rain. Even without that record three-day total of 17.5 inches, this year would have gone down as one of the top 10 wettest summers on record.

Likely also responsible for the uptick from normal rain, high dew points (humidity) also kept low temperatures uncomfortably warm, more so than usual. Thermometers stayed at or above 70 degrees since June 9; no summer storm, not even the flooding rain, cooled temperatures lower. As of Thursday, a record stretch of 106 days without reaching 69 degrees or lower continued