Category: Met 101/Weather History

The Epic 1951 Flood in Kansas

The Epic 1951 Flood in Kansas

| July 11, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

When you think of Kansas and disasters, you might think of tornadoes or snowstorms. But the Sunflower State’s worst disaster in history was a flood.

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July 11, 1987 – Storm Collapses Tent At Circus Injuring 40

July 11, 1987 – Storm Collapses Tent At Circus Injuring 40

| July 11, 2017 @ 12:37 pm

It was approaching the 3 o’clock hour on a Saturday afternoon, and a crowd was attending a circus that has set up shop in the town of Howard, Wisconsin. The act featuring the lions had just completed and they were securely placed in their cages as the tightrope act was just starting in the main tent. At that moment, a very strong wind gust quickly forced the tent to collapse on top of the stunned crowd.

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July 10, 1980: A Record-Setting Stretch During Sweltering Heat Wave Starts

July 10, 1980: A Record-Setting Stretch During Sweltering Heat Wave Starts

| July 10, 2017 @ 3:51 pm

An incredible streak of eight consecutive days where the thermometer in Birmingham rose over 100 degrees. Every day during the streak, not a single drop of rain fell in the Magic City.

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Alabama’s Deadliest Commercial Air Accident:  On This Date in 1991

Alabama’s Deadliest Commercial Air Accident: On This Date in 1991

| July 10, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

On this date in 1991, an L’Express commuter airline flight went down during a thunderstorm in Ensley, killing 13 people.

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July 10, 1926 – Lightning Causes Killer Blasts

July 10, 1926 – Lightning Causes Killer Blasts

| July 10, 2017 @ 6:09 am

Shortly after 5PM on July 26, 1926, a storm was passing over the town of Lake Denmark in northern New Jersey. An unexpected lightning bolt struck a building at the US Navy Ammunition Depot and caused a huge series of explosions. All buildings within a half-mile radius were completely destroyed due to the massive blasts from all of the explosive weaponry stored at the depot.

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Eliminating an Aviation Killer

Eliminating an Aviation Killer

| July 9, 2017 @ 4:09 pm

On this date in 1982, Pan Am 759 crashed shortly after takeoff from New Orleans International Airport, killing 146 people onboard and 8 on the ground. The cause of the crash was windshear, a factor that has virtually been removed from air crashes because of science.

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Remembering 2005’s Hurricane Dennis

Remembering 2005’s Hurricane Dennis

| July 9, 2017 @ 9:53 am

On this date in 2005, Hurricane Dennis was rapidly intensifying over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. It would make landfall the following day near Navarre Beach.

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Today In Weather History:  The Pomeroy, Iowa Tornado Kills 71

Today In Weather History: The Pomeroy, Iowa Tornado Kills 71

| July 6, 2017 @ 1:48 pm

On this date in 1893, twenty blocks of the prosperous town of Pomeroy, Iowa were swept clean by a violent tornado that killed 71 people.

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Remembering the Wackiest Braves Game Ever

Remembering the Wackiest Braves Game Ever

| July 5, 2017 @ 6:00 am

When the fireworks finally started after the Braves game on July 4, 1985, it was July 5th. Several rain delays and a six hour, nineteen inning game were the culprits in the 4 a.m. fireworks show.

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On This Date in 1957:  A Tragedy Unfolds

On This Date in 1957: A Tragedy Unfolds

| June 26, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

On the evening of June 26, 1957, advisories and radio and TV broadcasts led residents of low lying Cameron Parish to think they time to evacuate the following morning. The result was tragedy.

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On This Date in 1957:  Florida Congressman Claims Hurricane Forecasts Scare Away Tourists

On This Date in 1957: Florida Congressman Claims Hurricane Forecasts Scare Away Tourists

| June 25, 2017 @ 10:42 am

Long range hurricane forecasts scaring away tourists? Ys, that claim was made sixty years ago this week even au Audrey gained strength in the Gulf.

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On This Date in 1972:  Hurricane Agnes Made Landfall in the Florida Panhandle

On This Date in 1972: Hurricane Agnes Made Landfall in the Florida Panhandle

| June 19, 2017 @ 6:50 am

On this date in 1972, Hurricane Agnes moved ashore in the Florida panhandle as a weak Category 1 storm.

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Meteorology 101:  The Lowdown on Sunburn

Meteorology 101: The Lowdown on Sunburn

| May 31, 2017 @ 5:20 am

Meteorological summer starts this week and one of the unwanted consequences of fun in the sun can be a nasty sunburn. Professor Peters tells you how to protect yourself.

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May 27, 1973: Two Monster Tornadoes Ravage Parts Of Central Alabama

May 27, 1973: Two Monster Tornadoes Ravage Parts Of Central Alabama

| May 27, 2017 @ 5:35 pm

It was an extremely active end to the month of May of 1973 across a large part of the United States due to severe weather. From May 22nd through the 26th, several large and destructive tornadoes struck parts of Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

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Meteorology 101:  Professor Peters’ Hurricane Naming Quiz

Meteorology 101: Professor Peters’ Hurricane Naming Quiz

| May 1, 2017 @ 11:00 am

Professor Peters tests your knowledge about hurricane names in this week’s edition of Meteorology 101.

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