...1880... An early season blizzard struck eastern South Dakota and southern Minnesota. Railroads were blocked and snow drifts remained throughout the severe winter which followed.
...1897... At Newport, Rhode Island the high temperature peaked at 82 degrees, setting a record for the date.
...1910... A severe category 4 hurricane, known as "El Huracan de Los Cinco Dias" hit extreme western Cuba with an estimated central pressure of 924 millibars. This hurricane hit Florida two days later.
...1913... The temperature in Downtown San Francisco soared to 101 degrees to equal their record for October.
...1937... An unlikely winter-like storm produced as much as ten inches of snow in Minnesota and Iowa.
...1984... Newport, Rhode Island recorded a high wind gust of 59 miles per hour, setting a record for the date and the second highest wind gust for October.
...1987... Ten cities in the southeastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. The low of 34 degrees at Augusta GA marked their third straight morning of record cold. A cold front brought showers and thunderstorms to parts of the central U.S. Lightning struck a bull and six cows under a tree near Battiest OK.
...1988... Late afternoon thunderstorms produced severe weather in southwestern Lower Michigan and northern Indiana. One thunderstorm spawned a tornado north of Nappanee IN which caused half a million dollars damage. Six cities in California reported record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 100 degrees at Red Bluff CA was the latest such reading of record for so late in the autumn season.
...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. Thirteen cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including Atlantic City NJ with a reading of 84 degrees.
...2004... Starting on April 18th and through this day, San Diego, California recorded not a single day with measureable precipitation -- 182 days. This is the longest period on record for the location.