Lately it has definitely been the typical Louisiana winter. Every few days we get the rains, it rains just often enough that the ground has become saturated to the point that you wonder "will it ever dry out again". I read about the drought affecting large swaths of the nation and how it is affecting not only the production of our "breadbasket" but the farmers and families themselves. One of the funniest moments that I remember over the last few years was while watching the weather on a local channel a friend (not from here) heard the report of annual rainfall. I think it was approximately 3 feet this friend was shocked and asked "did they just report that in feet?". I had never considered the fact that might be odd to people that didn't grow up here, but I guess it is. Ok I know this was a long way to get there but I just read this and thought I would share...
Describing how off the charts our weather has become gets harder and harder. Fortunately, we have wunderground historian Christopher Burton to put things in perspective.
He tallies the datafro:m NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in his recap of “the warmest calendar year on record for the continental U.S. according to NCDC data going back to 1895″