...1919... Bismarck, North Dakota recorded their earliest below zero reading. The temperature dropped to 10 below.
...1921... A hurricane with 100 mph winds hit Tampa FL causing several million dollars damage.
...1925... An F2 tornado moved though Woburn and Stoneham, Massachusetts, killing 1 person, injuring 6, and un-roofing or damaging 75 buildings. This is the strongest tornado on record for so late in the year in New England. A wind gust of 72 miles per hour was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island, setting a record high for the month of October.
...1962... A trace of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island, a record for the date.
...1977... Dutch Harbor in Alaska reported a barometric pressure reading of 27.31 inches (925 millibars) to establish an all-time record for the state.
...1981... A northbound tornado caused two million dollars damage to Bountstown FL in less than five minutes. Fortunately no deaths occurred along its six mile path, which was 30 to 100 yards in width. Radar at Apalachicola had no indication of a tornado or severe weather.
...1987... A storm system moving across the Saint Lawrence Valley produced 40 to 50 mph winds east of Lake Ontario. High winds downed some trees around Watertown NY, and produced waves seven feet high between Henderson Harbor and Alexandria Bay. Mason City IA and Waterloo IA tied for honors as cold spot in the nation with record lows for the date of 19 degrees. Severe thunderstorms in Oklahoma and northern Texas produced golf ball size hail and wind gusts to 65 mph.
...1988... Severe thunderstorms erupted over northeastern Texas during the late evening producing softball size hail at Newcastle and Jonesboro. Low pressure over James Bay in Canada continued to produced showers and gale force winds in the Great Lakes Region.
...1989... Low pressure over Nevada produced high winds in the southwestern U.S., and spread heavy snow into Utah. Winds gusted to 63 mph at the Mojave Airport in southern California. Snowfall totals in Utah ranged up to 12 inches at Snowbird, with 11 inches at Alta. "Indian Summer" type weather continued in the central and eastern U.S. Twenty cities in the north central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. Highs of 77 degrees at Alpena MI and 81 degrees at Saint Cloud MN were the warmest of record for so late in the season.
...1992... Tropical Storm Zeke formed the eastern Pacific. This was the 24th and the last named storm for the year for this tropical basin. The 24 named storms set a new record for the eastern Pacific. The old record was 22 named storms in 1985.