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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
930 PM CST MON DEC 29 2014

...2014 LOCAL WEATHER YEAR IN REVIEW...

THE FOLLOWING WEATHER EVENTS OCCURRED DURING THE 2014 CALENDAR
YEAR WITHIN THE WFO NEW ORLEANS/BATON ROUGE FORECAST AREA.

JANUARY...A PRETTY COLD MONTH ACROSS THE GULF SOUTH. BATON ROUGE
RECORDED THE 9TH COLDEST JANUARY ON RECORD WITH AN AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 44.4 DEGREES. FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET PELTED THE
REGION ON THE 24TH AND AGAIN ON THE 28TH...CAUSING SCHOOL AND ROAD
CLOSURES. MCCOMB ACCUMULATED ONE-HALF INCH OF ICE AND SOME SNOW ON
THE 23RD AND AGAIN ON THE 24TH.

FEBRUARY...THE FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH WAS A CONTINUATION OF COLD
CARRIED OVER FROM JANUARY. THE SECOND HALF OF THE MONTH WAS QUITE
WARM. BATON ROUGE REACHED 82 DEGREES ON THE 20TH AND NEW ORLEANS
HIT 80 DEGREES ON THAT DAY. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE ABOUT THE
AREA AS WELL ON THE 20TH AS A WEAK TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN
DEXTER...WALTHALL COUNTY MISSISSIPPI...UPROOTING SEVERAL LARGE
PINE TREES.

MARCH...A LATE MARDI GRAS ON THE 4TH HAPPENED TO BE THE 2ND
COLDEST MARDI GRAS ON RECORD WHEN NEW ORLEANS ONLY REACHED 42
DEGREES TO SET THE COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR THE DATE.
MEANWHILE...THE BATON ROUGE AREA INTO SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI WAS
GETTING COATED IN FREEZING RAIN...WITH SEVERAL VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
ON BRIDGES AND HIGHWAYS. ON THE 28TH...SOME WIND DAMAGE WAS
REPORTED IN HOLMESVILLE IN PIKE COUNTY MISSISSIPPI.

APRIL...SOME SEVERE WEATHER WAS NOTED ON TWO DAYS. GOLF BALL SIZED
HAIL FELL IN BATON ROUGE ON THE 6TH. ON THE 14TH...SEVERE
STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS STRUCK THE SANTA ROSA RV PARK IN OCEAN SPRINGS
MISSISSIPPI... FLIPPING AND ROLLING SEVERAL RVS AND CAUSING TWO
INJURIES. ON THE 29TH...HEAVY RAINFALL BETWEEN 3 AND 6 INCHES
FLOODED STREETS ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST FROM LONG BEACH
TO PASCAGOULA. GULFPORT AIRPORT MEASURED 5.96 INCHES ON THE 29TH.

MAY...TORNADOES TOUCHED DOWN IN THE RIVER PARISHES ON THE 27TH. AN
EF-1 TORNADO STRUCK NEAR THE MARATHON OIL REFINERY IN GARYVILLE.
THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN EDGARD ALSO HAD SOME TORNADO DAMAGE.

JUNE...SOME WIND DAMAGE TO TREES AND OUTBUILDINGS OCCURRED FROM
STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS ACROSS THE EAST-CENTRAL PARISHES OF
LOUISIANA ON THE 10TH. SEVERE STORMS ALSO STRUCK THE NORTH SHORE
PARISHES ON TH 24TH. TWO INJURIES RESULTED IN KENTWOOD WHEN TREES
FELL ONTO A HOME.

JULY...WIND DAMAGE FROM SEVERE STORMS OCCURRED ON THE 2ND IN
LAPLACE...GREENSBURG AND LIVINGSTON.

AUGUST...NEW ORLEANS LAKEFRONT AIRPORT MEASURED A WIND GUST OF 61
MPH FROM THUNDERSTORMS AT 1125 AM CDT ON THE 30TH.

SEPTEMBER...A PRETTY WARM MONTH THAT AVERAGED 1.5 TO 2 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS THE AREA. NEW ORLEANS REACHED 95 DEGREES ON
THE 11TH. ON THE 12TH...A FUNNEL CLOUD WAS SIGHTED NEAR LAPLACE
AND HEAVY RAINS RESULTED IN STREET FLOODING IN LAPLACE.

OCTOBER...ON THE 2ND...SEVERE WINDS 75 TO 85 MPH PRODUCED DAMAGE
IN THE POPLARVILLE MISSISSIPPI AREA...RESULTING IN ONE INJURY.
ON THE 13TH...SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE WOULD ALSO OCCUR
FROM BATON ROUGE AREA...NEAR MANDEVILLE AND ACROSS THE SOUTH
SHORE FROM A SQUALL LINE.

NOVEMBER...THREE TORNADOES WOULD TOUCH DOWN AND PRODUCE SOME
DAMAGE ON THE 16TH. ONE TORNADO WAS SIGHTED SOUTHEAST OF DENHAM
SPRINGS IN LIVINGSTON PARISH. ANOTHER TORNADO WAS SIGHTED A LITTLE
LATER ABOUT 7 MILES NORTH OF LIVINGSTON. TREES AND POWER LINES
WERE DOWNED NEAR MONTPELIER IN SOUTHEASTERN ST HELENA PARISH. A
THIRD TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN WALTHALL COUNTY NEAR TYLERTOWN.

DECEMBER...RARE SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS STRUCK THE REGION ON THE
23RD. SEVERAL REPORTS OF LARGE HAIL FROM BATON ROUGE TO WILKINSON
COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI. IN AMITE...15 TO 20 HOMES WERE
DAMAGED BY AN EF-2 TORNADO THAT MEASURED A 4.6 MILE PATH. WIND
DAMAGE ALSO OCCURRED NEAR FRANKLINTON AND TYLERTOWN.

ANNUALLY...
THE CENTRAL GULF COAST REGION WAS SPARED FROM ANY TROPICAL
CYCLONE LANDFALLS. ONLY TWO TROPICAL STORMS AFFECTED THE GULF OF
MEXICO...DOLLY IN EARLY SEPTEMBER AND HANNA IN LATE OCTOBER. BOTH
STORMS LANDED ON MEXICO SHORES.

THERE WAS A TOTAL OF 14 DAYS THAT HAD REPORTS OF SEVERE WEATHER
IN THE AREA IN 2014.

THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR WAS RELATIVELY WET...FOLLOWED BY A DRY
AUTUMN BEFORE RAINS WOULD RETURN IN THE LATTER HALF OF DECEMBER.
BATON ROUGE TALLIED 61.70 INCHES OF RAINFALL TO END NEAR NORMAL
FOR ANNUAL RAINFALL. NEW ORLEANS TOTALED 54.74 INCHES...WHICH IS
ABOUT 7.5 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. MCCOMB TOTALED 50.79 INCHES WHICH
IS 10 INCHES BELOW NORMAL FOR THE YEAR. BILOXI ACCUMULATED 66.94
INCHES FOR 2014 WHICH IS ABOUT 2.5 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

TEMPERATURES WILL AVERAGE BETWEEN +1 TO -1 DEGREE OF NORMAL FOR
THE YEAR. NEW ORLEANS FINISHED THE YEAR AT THE NORMAL TEMPERATURE
OF 68.9 DEGREES. BATON ROUGE AREA WAS 1 DEGREE BELOW NORMAL AT
67.0 DEGREES. THE MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST AREA WAS GENERALLY ABOUT
1 DEGREE ABOVE NORMAL AT 70.7 FOR THE YEAR.

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