On This Date in Weather History

By: Kristen Connolly
By: Kristen Connolly

In 1897, Arlington Academy in Arlington, Georgia was struck by
an F2 tornado as students and two teachers watched out the window.
The tornado was upon them before they realized the danger they were
in. At least eight people at the school were killed. Rescuers
worked for hours in a driving rain to free the injured.
In 1936, major flooding occurred across a large portion of the
East. River levels were at flood stage from Maine to Ohio. New
Hampshire was hit hard as factories and industries were destroyed.
Hundreds were left homeless. In all, 107 lives were lost and the
damage was placed at 270 million dollars.
In 1977, a blockbuster coastal storm struck New York and New
England. Norfolk, Connecticut was buried under 33 inches of snow.
Snow totals exceeded 30 inches across the Catskill Mountains in New
York, while 24 inches of snow fell in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and
18 inches piled up at Gardner, Massachusetts. Three to five inches
of rain deluged coastal southern New England and wind gusts reached
60 to 90 mph.

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