Weather in Capital area sets record for wettest October in over 120 years

Weather in Capital area sets record for wettest October in over 120 years

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It is cool to break records, but aggravating when it means people getting drenched every time they walk out the door. A check at the record books shows the weather that came through the past couple weeks ranks right up there.

The recent wet weather has been a "blessing" to business for Phat Boyz Pizza on Greenwell Springs Road where the phones have been busy. Owner Dale Sonnier said people love a delivery driver on wet days.

"As a matter of fact, most managers dread it, but they know one thing - that most of the customers are not going anywhere and they will be calling you because they can't go to Burger King or McDonald's. They are not delivering," he said.

An early 10-day rain total at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport, roughly between October 24 and November 2, indicates the Capital area got just under 16 inches of rain.

That total would set the record for the wettest October in more than 120 years of record keeping in Baton Rouge. WAFB Chief Meteorologist Jay Grymes said that could spell trouble with nuisance and river flooding going forward.

"It sets us up for a very wet situation going into the winter months," he said. "Keep in mind El Niño is on the doorstep in the eastern Pacific and that typically leads to a wet winter and spring."

Grymes pointed to 2001's Tropical Storm Allison as a the benchmark for high rainfall totals in the Baton Rouge Metro area.

"We saw anywhere from 15 to 20 inches in the Capital City and had as much is 30 inches of rain over six days in Thibodaux," he said. "That was a monster flood event. What makes this so unique is that typically October and November relatively dry months."

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