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Today NOVEMBER 19TH, 1921-The Columbia Gorge ice storm finally came to an end. In Oregon, 54 inches of snow, sleet and glaze blocked the Columbia River Highway at the Dalles. Apart from traffic on the river itself, all transportation between Walla Walla WA and Portland OR came to a halt. Nine trains were stopped as railroads were blocked for several days.
NOVEMBER 19TH, 1981-An unusually early snowstorm struck the Twin Cities of Minnesota, with as much as a foot of snow reported. The weight of the heavy snow caused the newly inflated fabric dome of the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis to collapse and rip.
Nov 18 NOVEMBER 18TH, 1955-An early season cold snap finally came to an end. Helena MT experienced 138 consecutive hours of subzero temperatures, including a reading of 29 below zero, which surpassed by seven degrees their previous record for the month of November. Missoula MT broke their November record by 12 degrees with a reading of 23 below zero, and Salt Lake City UT smashed their previous November record of zero with a reading of 14 below. Heavy snow in the Great Basin closed Donner Pass CA, and total crop damage from the cold wave amounted to eleven million dollars.
NOVEMBER 18TH, 1873-A severe storm raged from Georgia to Nova Scotia causing great losses to fishing fleets along the coast. In Maine, the barometric pressure reached 28.49 inches at Portland.
Nov 17 NOVEMBER 17TH, 1869-Southwest winds of hurricane force swept the Berkshire and Green Mountains of New England causing extensive forest and structural damage.
NOVEMBER 17TH, 1927-A tornado cut a seventeen mile path across Alexandria and southeastern Washington D.C. injuring 31 persons. The tornado struck the Naval Air Station where a wind gust of 93 mph was recorded. A waterspout was seen over the Potomac River ninety minutes later.
Nov 16 NOVEMBER 16TH, 1959-The most severe November cold wave in U.S. history was in progress. A weather observing station located 14 miles northeast of Lincoln MT reported a reading of 53 degrees below zero, which established an all-time record low temperature for the nation for the month of November. Their high that day was one degree above zero.
NOVEMBER 16TH, 1987-High winds and heavy snow created blizzard conditions across parts of eastern Colorado. Wind gusts reached 68 mph at Pueblo, and snowfall totals ranged up to 37 inches at Echo Lake. In Wyoming, the temperature dipped to 14 degrees below zero at Laramie. Strong thunderstorms in Louisiana drenched Alexandria with 16.65 inches of rain in thirty hours, with an unofficial total of 21.21 inches north of Olla. Flash flooding in Louisiana caused five to six million dollars damage.
Nov 15 NOVEMBER 15TH, 1900-A record lake-effect snowstorm at Watertown NY produced 45 inches in 24 hours. The storm total was 49 inches.
NOVEMBER 15TH, 1967-A surprise snow and ice coating paralyzed Boston during the evening rush hour.
Nov 14 NOVEMBER 14TH, 1985-In Colombia a mudflow, said to be a fifth the size of the gigantic Amazon River, covers the town of Armero and destroys Chinchina, killing 25,000 people, following an eruption of the Nevada del Ruiz volcano, 85 miles northwest of Bogota.
NOVEMBER 14TH, 1974-A storm produced 15 inches of snow at the Buffalo NY airport, and 30 inches on the south shore of Lake Erie.
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