An excessive rainfall episode affected central Louisiana Wednesday and Thursday, just in time for Halloween.
Rainfall totals ranged from one to ten inches across the area. The highest amounts fell in a southwest-northeast axis from northwest Vernon through southern Natchitoches and northern Grant Parishes. Amounts there were generally in the six to ten inch category. The highest totals came from around the Aloha community northeastward toward Nantachi Lake. A peak total between Aloha and Colfax reached ten inches; Nantachie Lake received 9.28 inches; and another report of 8.50 inches came in from near Aloha.
Rainfall totals of this magnitude are unusual. The return period for 24-hour amounts of 7-8 inches is about once every 10-25 years while a 9-10 inch rain occurs once in only 25-60 years.
A dry weather pattern is taking shape and should last through the weekend.