Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Today In History: Great Blue Norther.

On this date in 1911, a record cold snap hit the Midwest, causing many localities to experience record low temperatures in the evening after recording record highs that morning. Springfield, Missouri had seen a humid morning with unseasonably balmy 80 degree temps (must have been all those Stanley Steamer SUV's) but as the cold front rolled through, the temperature dropped a pavement-cracking 67 degrees by midnight to a record low of 13F.

1 comment:

Matt G said...

Very, very bizarre: "The front produced severe weather and tornadoes across the upper Mississippi Valley, a blizzard in Ohio, and the windy conditions upon front passage caused a dust storm in Oklahoma. Nine tornadoes were reported in the states of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. An F4 tornado hit in Janesville, Wisconsin killing 9 and injuring 50. Within an hour of the tornado, survivors were working in blizzard conditions and near zero temperatures to rescue people trapped in debris."

Tonados come when cold air sinks through a layer of warm moist air. to do that in Wisconsin in November, and have a blizzard an hour later... freaky.