The Storm Report Rewind for October 19

In  1961 – Rain changed to a record early season, heavy wet snow over the southern mountains of West Virginia. Leaves were still on trees, resulting in the worst forest disaster since the fires of 1952 and 1953.  One to two feet of snow fell near Summersville and Richwood.

In 1984 – Thunderstorms deluged the town of Odem, Texas, (located 15 miles northwest of Corpus Christi) with 25 inches of rain in just three and a half hours.  Most businesses in Odem were flooded, as were 1000 homes in nearby Sinton.

In 1988 – Thunderstorms produced high winds in eastern Colorado, with gusts to 63 miles per hour reported at La Junta.

The Storm Report Rewind for October 18

In 1930 – A big early season lake effect snow burst on the lee shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario produced 47 inches at Governeur, New York,  and 48 inches just south of Buffalo.

In 1987 – Thunderstorms in northeastern Texas produced golf ball size hail at Atlanta, along with wind gusts to 86 miles per hour, and four inches of rain.  Damage from the storm was estimated at more than a million dollars. Sunny and mild weather continued across much of the rest of the nation.

In 2005 – With the formation of Hurricane Wilma, the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season tied the record for the most named storms for any season (21 storms in 1933), and also tied the record for the most hurricanes in a single season (12 in 1969). Wilma peaked at category-5 intensity on the 19th, with a minimum central pressure falling to 882 millibars (26.05 inches of mercury), the lowest pressure ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin. Wilma also became the most rapidly-intensifying storm on record, with a maximum-sustained surface wind speed increase of 105 mph in a 24-hour period.

The Storm Report Rewind for October 17

In 1910 – A hurricane made a loop off the southwest coast of Florida.  Winds above 100 miles per hour were reported at Fort Myers, Florida, and the barometric pressure at Sand Key reached 28.40 inches.

In 1950 – Small but powerful Hurricane King struck Miami, Florida. The hurricane packs winded to 122 miles per hour, with gusts to 150 miles per hour.  Hurricane King then moved up the Florida peninsula to Georgia. Four people were killed and damage was reportedly 28 million dollars.

In 1971 – Great balls of fire were observed just ahead of a tornado moving down the main street of Wray, Colorado.  However, little other electrical activity accompanied the storm.  Nine people were injured in the tornado, all at a trailer court at the edge of town.

The Storm Report Rewind for October 16

In 1913 – The temperature in Downtown San Francisco soared to 101 degrees to equal their record for October.

In 1987 – Ten cities in the southeastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. The low of 34 degrees at Augusta, Georgia, marked their third straight morning of record cold.

In 1989 – Heavy snow blanketed the foothills of Colorado.  Up to three inches was reported around Denver. Echo Lake was buried under nineteen inches of snow.  Temperatures again warmed into the 80s and lower 90s in the eastern and south central U.S.

The Storm Report Rewind for October 15

In 1880 – A violent early season blizzard raked Minnesota and the Dakotas. Winds gusted to 70 miles per hour at Yankton, South Dakota, and snow drifts 10 to 15 feet high were reported in northwest Iowa and southeast South Dakota.

In 1954 – Hurricane Hazel struck the Carolina coastline.  The hurricane demolished every pier along a 170 mile stretch from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,  to Cedar Island, North Carolina,  and obliterated entire lines of beach homes.  Hurricane Hazel also destroyed 1500 homes as it moved inland with seventeen foot tides.

In 1966 – Iowa experienced its worst late season tornado of record. In just one minute a twister tore through the town of Belmond leveling 75 percent of the businesses, and 100 homes, causing more than eleven million dollars damage.

The Storm Report Rewind for October 14

In 1965 – Heavy rains hit the coastal areas of southeastern Florida.  In a 24 hour period rains of twenty inches were reported from Deerfield Beach to Fort Lauderdale, with 25.28 inches on the Fort Lauderdale Bahia-Mar Yacht Basin. Flooding that resulted caused considerable damage to roads and streets.

In 1981 – Four days of heavy rain across northern Texas and southern Oklahoma came to an end. The heaviest rains fell in a band from southwest of Abilene, Texas,  to McAlester Oklahoma, with up to 26 inches reported north of Gainesville, in north central Texas.

In 1984 – Dense fog contributed to a 118 vehicle accident on I-94, just south of Milwaukee Wisconsin. It was the seventh day of an eight day stretch of dense fog.  At the time of the accident the visibility was reportedly close to zero.

The Storm Report Rewind for October 13

In 1846 – A great hurricane tracked across Cuba, Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia and Pennsylvania.  The hurricane inflicted major damage along its entire path, which was similar to the path of Hurricane Hazel 108 years later.

In 1986 – Four tornadoes struck southeastern Virginia late in the night causing three million dollars damage. Tornadoes at Falls Church, Virginia,  caused a million dollars damage.

In 1989 – Sixteen cities reported record high temperatures for the date as readings warmed into the 80s and low 90s from the Southern and Central Plains to the Southern and Middle Atlantic Coast.


The Storm Report Rewind for October 12

In 1836 – A third early season storm produced heavy snow in the northeastern U.S. Bridgewater, New York, received 18 inches, a foot of snow fell at Madison, New York, and for the third time all the mountains of the northeastern U.S. were whitened.

In 1918 – Forest fires ravaged parts of Minnesota from the Duluth area northeastward, claiming the lives of 600 persons.  Smoke with a smell of burnt wood spread to Albany, New York, and Washington D.C. in 24 hours.

In 1987 – Floyd, the only hurricane to make landfall the entire season, moved across the Florida Keys. Floyd produced wind gusts to 59 mph at Duck Key, and up to nine inches of rain in southern Florida.

The Storm Report Rewind for October 11

In 1954 – A deluge of 6.72 inches of rain in 48 hours flooded the Chicago River, causing ten million dollars damage in the Chicago area.

In 1987 – More than thirty cities in the Upper Midwest reported record low temperatures for the date, including Waterloo IA and Scottsbluff, Nebraska, where the mercury dipped to 16 degrees.

In 1989 – Much of the nation enjoyed “Indian Summer” type weather.  Nine cities in the central U.S. reported record highs for the date as temperatures warmed into the 80s and 90s.  Record highs included 90 degrees at Grand Island, Nebraska,  and 97 degrees at Waco, Texas.

The Storm Report Rewind for October 10

In 1804 – A famous snow hurricane occurred. The unusual coastal storm caused northerly gales from Maine to New Jersey.  Heavy snow fell across New England, with three feet reported at the crest of the Green Mountains.

In 1973 – Fifteen to 20 inch rains deluged north central Oklahoma in thirteen hours producing record flooding.  Enid was drenched with 15.68 inches of rain from the nearly stationary thunderstorms, which established a state 24 hour rainfall record.  Dover, Oklahoma,  reported 125 of 150 homes damaged by flooding.

In 1988 – Sunny and mild weather prevailed across the nation for Columbus Day.  The afternoon high of 77 degrees at Kalispell, Montana,  was the warmest reading of record for so late in the autumn season.