November 1 Weather History

...1716... New England had a dark day. Reverend Cotton Mather sent an account of this dark day to the Royal Society of London.

...1846... 87 pioneers were trapped by early snows in the Sierra Nevada that piled up to 5 feet deep with 30 to 40 foot drifts. Only 47 survivors lived to tell of the 'Donner Pass Tragedy'.

...1861... A hurricane near Cape Hatteras NC battered a Union fleet of ships attacking Carolina ports, and produced high tides and high winds in New York State and New England.

...1966... Santa Anna winds fanned fires, and brought record November heat to parts of coastal California. November records included 86 degrees at San Francisco, 97 degrees at San Diego, and 101 degrees at the International airport in Los Angeles. Fires claimed the lives of at least sixteen firefighters.

...1982... The high temperature peaked at 73 degrees, breaking the record of 70 degrees, set back in 1956.

...1987... Early morning thunderstorms in central Arizona produced hail an inch in diameter at Williams and Gila Bend, and drenched Payson with 1.86 inches of rain. Hannagan Meadows AZ, meanwhile, was blanketed with three inches of snow. Unseasonably warm weather prevailed across the Ohio Valley. Afternoon highs of 76 degrees at Beckley WV, 77 degrees at Bluefield WV, and 83 degrees at Lexington KY were records for the month of November.

...1988... Low pressure brought gales and locally heavy rain to the northeastern U.S. The rainfall total of 1.46 inches at Newark NJ was a record for the date. New York City was soaked with more than two inches of rain.

...1989... A strong cold front ushered snow and arctic air into the north central U.S. Snow whitened North Dakota and the Central High Plains Region. Up to five inches of snow blanketed Denver CO. Yellowstone Park WY was the cold spot in the nation with a morning low of 4 degrees below zero.

...1991... The great ocean storm that had battered that East Coast of the U.S. For the past 2 days underwent a remarkable transformation. Convection grew and wrapped tightly around center and on satellite imagery an eye formed. Sure enough, an Air Force recon plane found a rather small but intense circulation near 39.5N/66.5W with a 981 millibar central pressure and sustained surface winds of 75 mph -- a hurricane had formed. This type of evolution from a large extra tropical low pressure to a small hurricane is rare but not unprecedented.

...1993... A series of low pressure areas associated with the deep upper level trough which had been responsible for the record cold across the southern and central U.S. over the past few days dumped big early season snows over the Ohio Valley and the Northeast. Three day totals included 19.5 inches at Ellenburg Depot, New York, 19 inches at Mount Mansfield, Vermont and Sabinsville, Pennsylvania, and 18.5 inches at Stillwater Reservoir, New York. The 10.3 inches that fell at Mansfield, Ohio and the 9 inches at Burlington, Vermont were the greatest snowfalls ever for those locations for so early in the season. Meanwhile, 60 new record low temperatures were set or tied record low temperatures were set or tied across central and southeastern U.S.

...1997... Super Typhoon Keith became one of the most intense typhoons ever recorded in the western Pacific east of Guam. Satellite estimates gave Keith a T8.0 on the Dvorak scale -- the highest the scale goes -- which translates to sustained surface winds of at least 185 mph and a central pressure in the 870-875 millibars range.

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