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2020: A Wild Weather Year in Acadiana

2020: A Wild Weather Year in Acadiana

Posted: Dec 29, 2020 10:02 AM

2020 will be remembered for many things, but especially the weather here in Acadiana.

The hyper-active hurricane season will stick in memories for years to come, but even before hurricane season took off there were multiple weather events that kept us busy.

Starting the year off, a powerful line of storms rolled through Acadiana bringing wide-spread 100 mile per hour wind gusts.

An EF-2 tornado touched down north of Krotz Springs with winds between 100 and 115 miles per hour.

Multiple mobile homes were damaged from the tornado.

In May, a potent weather system diving down from the north spawned multiple tornadoes around Acadiana including an EF-3 tornado near Church Point.

The Church Point tornado had winds near 150 miles per hour.

The tornado killed one person, seriously injured two more, and destroyed five homes.

After a busy start to the year, hurricane season ramped up.

Louisiana saw landfalls from five tropical systems, the most ever to make landfall in the state in one season.

Tropical Storm Cristobal was first up in early June.

Though Cristobal didn't do much damage, it was a sign of a very busy season ahead.

In August, Hurricanes Marco and Laura approached the Louisiana coast.

Laura came ashore as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 150 miles per hour, tying it with the 1856 Last Island Hurricane as the strongest to ever hit the state.

Laura's intense winds devastated Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes, produced a storm surge of over 17 feet, and even took out the radar at the National Weather Service.

Laura is responsible for 77 deaths and over 14 billion dollars in damage during its trek through the Gulf and Caribbean.

In early October, Hurricane Delta slammed the same areas of Louisiana that were just devastate by Hurricane Laura.

Though Delta came ashore as a Category 2 hurricane, it caused wide-spread wind damage throughout Acadiana and dropped over 15 inches of rain in Jefferson Davis and Calcasieu Parishes.

To wrap up hurricane season, Hurricane Zeta hit Southeast Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane in late October.

Most of its impacts stayed to our east, but Zeta did little to help ease weary minds in Acadiana.

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