Weather anniversaries for Oct. 19 include Hurricane Wilma, which blasted the Yucatan Peninsula with 175 mph winds six years ago. With Katrina and Rita, Wilma not only became one of the five most-intense Atlantic hurricanes, but rewrote the record book in other categories. As noted in a previous column, Wilma’s eye wall was just 2 nautical miles wide, the smallest eye on record. Louisiana also has experienced episodes of earthquakes. On this date in 1930, one rattled Napoleonville with effects reported in Des Allemands, Donaldsonville, Franklin, Morgan City and White Castle. Residents reported overturned objects, shaken trees and cracked plaster. Other area quakes include a magnitude 3.8 near Greenville, Miss., on June 4, 1967. On Nov. 19, 1958, one shook houses and rattled windows in Baton Rouge.
Sunny, high near 65. Northwesterly winds 5 mph to 15 mph. Tonight: Clear, with a low about 39. Westerly winds 5 mph becoming calm.