The weather desk has been busy lately.

Published: May. 15, 2017 at 4:47 PM CDT
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A few tidbits crossed the weather desk recently.

April 2017 is officially in the books as the second wettest on record for the United States dating back to 1895. In central Louisiana, using data from International Airport (AEX), it was the eight wettest April since 1892.

The soggy April is part of an unsettled spring thus far. March was very active with damage of several billion dollars from tornadoes, floods, hail, wildfires, and high wind. An additional damage total of several billion dollars is expected from several severe weather outbreaks during April.

Tropical Storm Adrian formed in the eastern Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, May 9. This is the earliest appearance of a tropical cyclone in that part of the world since the era of reliable satellite surveillance began in the mid-1970s. The GFS model brought Adrian into the Caribbean Sea at one point and the Canadian model forecasted Adrian to move into the southern Gulf of Mexico. That got forecasters' attention but the storm dissipated without fanfare not long after it formed.

Hail up to the size of baseballs pounded the Denver metro on May 8. The high plains of northeast Colorado is known for its hail as orographic lift of unstable air and favorable freezing levels in the atmosphere combine to produce prolific hailstorms. Insurance giant Aon Benfield says the price tag will likely exceed $100 million. The most costly hailstorm in this region occurred on July 11, 1990 when baseball-sized hail caused $1.1 billion in damage.

Closer to home, two EF-1 tornadoes were documented in Beauregard Parish by personnel from the National Weather Service office in Lake Charles. The tornadoes occurred just after 4:00 AM CDT near Fields on Friday, May 12. A barn was damaged as well as trees and power lines.