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Today OCTOBER 9TH, 1903-New York City was deluged with 11.17 inches of rain 24 hours to establish a state record. Severe flooding occurred in the Passaic Valley of New Jersey where more than fifteen inches of rain was reported.
OCTOBER 9TH, 1981-The temperature at San Juan, Puerto Rico, soared to 98 degrees to establish an all-time record for that location.
Oct 08 OCTOBER 8TH, 1871-Losses, including the destruction of 17,000 structures, total $196 million and the death toll climbs to 250 as southwest winds fan the Great Fire that levels Chicago. On the same night in Peshtigo, WI, 1,200 perish as a forest fire, that also destroys two billion trees, sweeps across the community.
OCTOBER 8TH, 1982-An unusually early snowstorm hit the northern Black Hills of Wyoming and South Dakota. The storm produced up to 54 inches of snow, and winds as high as 70 mph. The snowfall was very much dependent upon topography. Rapid City, 20 miles away, received just a trace of snow.
Oct 07 OCTOBER 7TH, 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.
OCTOBER 7TH, 1981-Seattle WA received four inches of rain in 24 hours, a record for the city.
Oct 06 OCTOBER 6TH, 1985-A tropical wave, later to become Tropical Storm Isabel, struck Puerto Rico. As much as 24 inches of rain fell in 24 hours, and the severe flooding and numerous landslides resulting from the rain claimed about 180 lives.
OCTOBER 6TH, 1836-A second early season snowstorm produced eleven inches at Wilkes Barre PA and 26 inches at Auburn NY. All the mountains in the northeastern U.S. were whitened with snow.
Oct 05 OCTOBER 5TH, 1638-The journal of John Winthrop recorded that a mighty tempest struck eastern New England. This second severe hurricane in three years blew down many trees in mile long tracks.
OCTOBER 5TH, 1786-The famous "Pumpkin Flood" occurred on the Delaware and Susquehanna Rivers. Harrisburg PA reported a river stage of twenty-two feet. The heavy rains culminated a wet season.
Oct 04 OCTOBER 4TH, 1777-The Battle of Germantown was fought in a morning fog that grew more dense with the smoke of battle, causing great confusion. Americans firing at each other contributed to the loss of the battle.
OCTOBER 4TH, 1869-A great storm struck New England. The storm reportedly was predicted twelve months in advance by a British officer named Saxby. Heavy rains and high floods plagued all of New England, with strong winds and high tides over New Hampshire and Maine. Canton CT was deluged with 12.35 inches of rain.
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