November 17 Weather History

...1869... Southwest winds of hurricane force swept the Berkshire and Green Mountains of New England causing extensive forest and structural damage.

...1894... The temperature at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma fell to 9 degrees below zero, establishing a record for its coldest so early in the season.

...1924... The low temperature at Newport, Rhode Island dropped to 14 degrees, breaking the old record of 22 degrees set back in 1900.

...1927... A tornado cut a seventeen mile path across Alexandria and southeastern Washington D.C. injuring 31 persons. The tornado struck the Naval Air Station where a wind gust of 93 mph was recorded. A waterspout was seen over the Potomac River ninety minutes later.

...1933... 2.6 inches of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island setting the record high for the day.

...1953... The temperature at Minneapolis MN reached 71 degrees, their warmest reading of record for so late in the autumn.

...1955... An early season cold snap finally came to an end throughout Montana. Helena experienced 138 consecutive hours of subzero temperatures, including a reading of 29 degrees below zero, which surpassed the previous record low for the month by 7 degrees.

...1987... A storm in the Rockies produced 21 inches of snow at the Monarch ski resort in Colorado, with 14 inches reported at Steamboat Springs CO. Early morning thunderstorms in the southeastern U.S. drenched Mary Esther FL with 4.43 inches of rain. Gale force winds over the Great Lakes Region gusted to 49 mph at Johnstown PA.

...1988... Another in a series of storms brought heavy snow to the mountains of the western U.S. Totals ranged up to 17 inches at Bob Scott Summit in Nevada. Winds around Reno NV gusted to 80 mph. The Alta and Sundance ski resorts in Utah received 14 inches of snow.

...1989... Freezing temperatures overspread the southeastern U.S. in the wake of the severe weather outbreak of the previous two days. Eight cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Gilbert AR with a reading of 8 degrees. A fast moving storm blanketed the Great Lakes Region and Upper Ohio Valley with snow during the night. Totals ranged up to 12 inches at Pellston MI and Little Valley NY.

...1996... The all time lowest relative humidity of 9% was set at Middletown Rhode Island.  The previous low for the date was 29% set in 1926.

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