It's a new year and I'll take you back to 2012 for a summary of the most significant weather events and stories of the year just past.
NOTE: these are in chronological order, not in order of significance.
#1. 2012 began warm with average temperatures well above normal during January and February. It was also an early end to winter with the last freeze recorded at AEX on Feb.12.
#2. After two years of drought in 2010 and 2011, the rain returned to central Louisiana in February with flooding on Feb. 2-3.
#3. On March 20-21, Beauregard, Vernon, Sabine, and Natchitoches Parishes were slammed by extreme rain and flooding. Some rainfall totals exceeded 10 inches.
#4. Bunkie will long remember the mega storm during the wee hours of April 5. Hail up to softball size and wind to 70 mph cuased considerable damage.
#5. May was a very dry month, but on May 7, Woodworth experienced a cloudburst with 5 inches of rain in one hour.
#6. The remnants of Hurricane Isaac moved through central Louisiana August 29-31. Woodworth reported over 9 inches of rain.
#7. October and November were very dry, with November coming in as the fifth driest on record.
#8. An unusual severe weather outbreak on Christmas Day produced tornadoes in Rapides Parish. Two EF2 tornadoes, with winds of 111-135 mph, were documented in Alexandria and in the Rigolette-Ball-Tioga area.
What will 2013 bring? Stay tuned...only time will tell.