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History/Folklore

On This Day: Hurricane Ivan Made Its First U.S. Landfall

September 21, 2018
On This Day, September 16, 2004, Hurricane Ivan made its first US landfall over Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 3 hurricane.

On This Day: The Halloween Blizzard of 1991

October 30, 2018
Halloween 1991 was no treat for many residents in Iowa and Minnesota who were buried under several feet of snow and up to 3 inches of ice.

Planet Postcard: Climate Data Flies High with Kites

August 6, 2018
Over 250 years ago, meteorologists used kites to carry thermometers aloft and record upper air observations.

On This Day: Papua New Guinea Tsunami of 1998

August 24, 2018
On the evening of July 17, 1998, a 7 magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea, followed by a series of three deadly tsunami waves.

On This Day: Remembering the Yarnell Hill Wildfire

August 6, 2018
On June 28, 2013, lightning sparked a wildfire near Yarnell, Arizona, that cut the lives of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots tragically short.

Weather History: Chinook Winds of Winter 1982

August 24, 2018
On back-to-back Sundays in January 1982, several Colorado communities bore the brunt of damaging Chinook winds.

Weather History: “Ice Bowl” Marks 50th Anniversary

August 24, 2018
Fifty years ago, a high-stakes football rivalry and extreme weather contributed to the making of the Ice Bowl of 1967.

Historical Holiday Weather: New Year’s Eve 1907

August 24, 2018
During Times Square’s first New Year’s ball drop on December 31, 1907, it was 35°F with winds from the west at 20 mph.

Historical Holiday Weather: Christmas Eve 1913

August 24, 2018
During the first Capitol Christmas celebration in Washington, DC, on December 24, 1913, it was sunny with a high of 46°F.

Historical Holiday Weather: Thanksgiving 1863

November 20, 2018
Thanksgiving 1863 near Plymouth, Massachusetts, was sunny with a high near 40°F and slight winds from the northwest.