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Weather History For October 7

1749
A hurricane passed a short distance offshore from Virginia to New Jersey. At Lewes, DE, on the Delaware Bay, the raging ocean cut a passage through the beach near Cape Henlopen into the Bay with a 5 foot clearance so that small boats could sail through. In Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin was watching this storm. Being reported first in North Carolina then Virginia, he drew confirmation for his hypothesis made with the hurricane of 10/22/1743 that coastal storms moved from the southwest and were preceded by northerly winds.
(Ref. Wilson Wx. History)

1946
A hurricane made landfall near Bradenton, FL with 80 mph winds and a 6 foot storm surge. The storm weakened to a tropical storm as it move across Tampa Bay and reached the Florida/Georgia border early the following day.
(Ref. Wilson Wx. History)

1962
Heavy flooding occurred in New England as Hurricane Daisy moved up the coast. 12.10 inches of rain fell at Reading, MA during a 3-day period.
(Ref. AccWeather Weather History)

1963
Boston, Massachusetts had a maximum temperature of 90 °F the highest temperature for October. They also had another 90 °F day on October 12, 1954.
(Ref. NOAA Boston Weather Events)

1970
Widespread flooding took place across Puerto Rico. Rainfall amounts for the day ranged up to seventeen inches at Aibonito. A slow moving tropical depression was responsible for six days of torrential rains across the island. Totals in the Eastern Interior Division averaged thirty inches, with 38.4 inches at Jayuya. Flooding claimed eighteen lives, and resulted in 62 million dollars damage.
(David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel)


On this date through the 9th, a record breaking early season snow storm rocked parts of the upper Plains. Snowfall totals of 5 to 9 inches were common across the southwest and south central part of South Dakota. Late on October 8th and into the 9th, the southeast portion of the state was hit. Vermillion received 6 inches of snow on the 9th and that is the largest amount ever recorded there for so early in the season. The 5 inches that fell in Sioux Falls is the earliest significant snow on record for the area.The heavy snows also affected portions of western Iowa and western Minnesota. Amounts of up to 7 inches were recorded in northwest Iowa. The heavy, wet snow snapped many tree branches and downed power lines. Sioux City recorded their heaviest snow for so early in the season. In Nebraska, the winter storm brought 11.0 inches of snow near Wheatland, and a total of 8.0 inches to Scottsbluff. It also resulted in Scottsbluff setting a high of only 32°, the earliest day in fall with a high temperature at or below freezing there.
(Ref. Wilson Wx. History)

1972
Arizona from the 4th to the 7th:
Remnants of Hurricane Joanne brings heavy rain and flooding to much of Arizona. It is the first documented tropical storm to reach the state with its cyclonic circulation intact. Severe flooding occurs in the Clifton, Duncan and Safford areas.
(Ref. WxDoctor)

1981
Seattle WA received four inches of rain in 24 hours, a record for the city.
(The Weather Channel)

(Ref. AccWeather Weather History)

1987
Last day of west coast heat wave, 15 all-time October highs.It was another hot day in the southwestern U.S. Tucson, AZ hit 101 degrees for the second day in a row to again equal their record for the month of October. Phoenix, AZ reported a record high of 103 degrees, and Blythe, CA and Yuma, AZ tied for honors as the hot spot in the nation with afternoon highs of 108 degrees.
(The National Weather Summary)

1988
Morning fog in the central U.S. reduced the visibility to near zero at some locations. Morning lows of 28 degrees at Rockford, IL and 24 degrees at Waterloo, IA were records for the date.


Afternoon highs of 92 degrees at Hollywood, FL and Miami, FL were records for the date.
(The National Weather Summary)

1989
Morning thunderstorms in central Texas drenched San Antonio with 3.10 inches of rain in six hours causing local flooding in northeastern sections of the city. Temperatures dipped below the freezing mark from the Northern Rockies to the Upper Mississippi Valley.
(The National Weather Summary)

1990
A winter storm parts of the Rockies and western Plains, producing the greatest daily snowfall for October at Cheyenne, WY and Scottsbluff, NE with 7.9 and 6.4 inches, respectively.
(Ref. Wilson Wx. History)

1992
An early fall snowstorm dumped from 7 to 10 inches of wet snow across the Belleville and Munden areas in north central Kansas. The combination of the heavy snow and high winds behind the storm caused tremendous amounts of tree and power line damage in this area. Approximately 20 power poles were snapped off and some residents were without power for up to 48 hours. Approximately 75 homes in the Belleville area sustained damage from falling trees and branches. Concordia, KS recorded its earliest snowfall on record as 2.1 inches fell.
(Ref. Wilson Wx. History)
(Ref. AccWeather Weather History)

1996
Tropical Storm Josephine tracked northeast across the eastern Gulf of Mexico, and crossing the coast in a relatively uninhabited region of north Florida. County officials estimated storm tides, storm surge plus astronomical tide ranged from up to 9 feet in Levy County to 4 to 6 feet in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties, and 3 feet as far south as Lee County.Josephine produced a record 22 tornadoes (21 F0, 1 F2, plus one waterspout) over central and northern Florida, making it the most prolific tornado producing tropical cyclone in Florida history. These caused mostly minor damage, primarily to trees. One tornado, however, had a 7 mile long, 400 yard wide track across Edgewater in Volusia County. It severely damaged 30 homes, while 200 others had minor damage. Rainfall amount of up to 8.5 inches were reported over northern Florida in association with Josephine. Property damage in Florida was estimated to be over $49 million dollars. There were no deaths reported.
(Ref. Wilson Wx. History)

2001
The high temperature in Death Valley National Park was 95°, ending a record streak of 154 consecutive days with the high temperature 100° or hotter.
(Ref. Wilson Wx. History)

2007
Chicago, Illinois:
With the mercury soaring to a record-breaking 87 °F race organizers cancel the Chicago Marathon 3.5 hours into the race.
(Ref. WxDoctor)


Lightning does not have to hit a home to cause havoc; all it needs is a path to the structure. In Houston, TX, a 5-yr-old girl was hurt (and the family dog killed) when lightning hit a tree, passed to a satellite dish, and into the building, and the girl (and dog).
(Ref. Weather Guide Calendar with Phenomenal Weather Events 2011 Accord Pub. 2010, USA)

2009
At Casey Station, Antarctica, winds gusted to 117 mph.
(Ref. Wilson Wx. History)

2016
For information on Hurricane Matthew see September 8, 2016

Weather history data courtesy of www.glenallenweather.com.