October 17 Weather History

...1781... General Cornwallis attempted to escape encirclement by crossing York River, "but a violent storm arose" dispersing his boats causing him to ask for an armistice.

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

...1936... A wind gust of 53 miles per hour occurred at Newport, Rhode Island, setting a record for the date.

...1938... At Newport, Rhode Island the high temperature soared to 83 degrees, setting a record for the date.

...1950... Small but powerful Hurricane King struck Miami FL. The hurricane packs winded to 122 mph, with gusts to 150 mph. Hurricane King then moved up the Florida peninsula to Georgia. Four persons were killed and damage was 28 million dollars.

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

...1984... A snowstorm struck northern Utah producing a record 18 inches in 24 hours at Salt Lake City, and 40 inches at the nearby Alta Ski Resort. The town of Magna, located ten miles west of Salt Lake City, did not receive any snow at all. The storm was responsible for a fifty vehicle pile-up along Interstate 15 near Farmington UT. 

...1987... It was a great day for an Oktoberfest, or to enjoy the colors of autumn, as much of the nation enjoyed sunny and mild weather. Columbia SC dipped to 34 degrees, marking their third morning in a row of record cold. Bakersfield CA reached 80 degrees for the 143rd day in a row to break a record established in 1940.

...1988... Thunderstorms produced severe weather in the Middle Mississippi Valley and the Lower Ohio Valley. Severe thunderstorms spawned three tornadoes in Indiana, including one which injured four persons. Strong thunderstorm winds at Connerville IND caused three million dollars damage. Thunderstorms in Illinois produced hail two inches in diameter Colfax.

...1989... Showers and thunderstorms representing the remnants of Hurricane Jerry deluged southeast Kentucky with four to six inches of rain in 18 to 24 hours, resulting in widespread flash flooding. Flooding resulted in more than five million dollars damage. Temperatures again warmed into the 80s and lower 90s in the southeastern U.S. Lakeland FL and Orlando FL reported record highs of 95 degrees.

...1997... Super Typhoons Ivan and Joan both peaked on this day with sustained of 185 mph in the western Pacific. They were both super typhoons (150 mph or greater) for more than 60 hours at this point, breaking the previous record of 48 hours set by Super Typhoon Tip in October 1979. Joan went on to extend this record to nearly 5 days.

...1998... San Antonio, Texas recorded 11.26 inches of rain on this day for its greatest daily rainfall total ever. Rain continued into the 20th and by 1:00 pm on that day the monthly rainfall stood at 18.04 inches -- the city's wettest month on record. Randolph AFB in the San Antonio area recorded a three day rainfall total of 19.59 inches.

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