This Day in Weather History

This Day in Weather History

"This Day In Weather History" is a daily podcast by The Weather Network that features unique and informative stories from host Chris Mei. Weather Happens Everyday. It can be sunny, cloudy, stormy or maybe just unsettled, but it is always happening! It’s when severe weather strikes that it captures the attention of those affected ...and the imagination of everyone else who follows the story. So it is with good reason to expect that after over a century of news and weather information gathering and record keeping, there would be a "special" weather or natural phenomena event to mark each day of a calendar. Do you remember the first recorded tornado in Canadian history? No, you don’t because none of us were there...so we dive into that! How about when Prince played the Super Bowl halftime show? It’s possible the best performance ever for that event….and the backstory made it all the more special! Or how about the 25th Anniversary Woodstock Festival back in 1994? Bands like Green Day and Nine Inch Nails were only 2 albums into their young careers, but how they adapted to the weather conditions is what instantly made their performances not only legendary, but also catapulted them into mainstream stardom. It’s all here - all year - in one podcast.... "This Day In Weather History"!

Episodes

May 10, 2021 5 min
Tornadoes are horrifying and swift, they are in, they terrorize, destroy, sometimes even kill and then they are gone. So for an outbreak to go on for 4 DAYS, that’s just out of control!! This one started today, may 10th and began what would go on to prove to be as major tornado outbreak as ever there had been for this region with the bulk of the activity in central and eastern Oklahoma. This Day in Weather History.
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Remember Grad? If you had an outdoor graduation commencement and you think back, I bet you probably don't remember the weather. Today is the curious case that unfolded for the University of Colorado's Class of 2019 spring graduates, this day in weather history.
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The derecho is essentially just a widespread, long-lived wind storm. But on May 8, 2009 when one of the most intense and unusual derechos was ever observed, they called it a "Super Derecho", this day in weather history.
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Mount Pelée is a gorgeous 4,500-foot mountain on the north side of the Caribbean island of Martinique. On May 7, 1902, this day in weather history, Martinique’s Mount Pelée began the deadliest volcanic eruption of the 20th century.
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May 6, 2021 5 min
In 2017, the interior experienced the worst flooding ever. They were talking about this one in the Okanagan for MONTHS after this day in weather history.
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For this impossible story today, we will refer to records over nine hundred years old, when witnesses reported that the Full Moon briefly vanished from the sky during a total lunar eclipse. This Day in Weather History.
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On May 4, 1971 a low that covered most of Quebec brought relentless rain for three consecutive days. But that triggered the disappearance of a whole community this day in weather history
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On May 1, 2016, a wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. on May 3, when it swiftly blew through the community, it immediately forced the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta's history, with upwards of 88,000 people forced from their homes all of a sudden, This Day in Weather History.
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Back in 2017 the Ottawa river had what was called “Flood of the Century”. BUT then THIS new record setting flooding along the Ottawa River was named Canada’s top weather story in 2019….it happened this day in weather history.
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One of Canada’s oldest government institutions, period, is the Meteorological Service of Canada. They have been helping Canadians make informed decisions about their health and safety and, quite frankly, economic prosperity for 150 years today, THIS day in weather history.
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What could have happened for this to be given a name as awe inspiring as “Flood of the Century”? Well for starters, it covered over 2 thousand 500 square kilometers of land -- in water -- and that forced the evacuation of a staggering 28,000 people, this day in weather history.
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By the next day, April 30th, 2019... 9,070 homes and 273 businesses were flooded, and as a result there were now 12,000 people displaced. In the area affected, we also had 82 landslides linked to the flooding as well as the roads and highways I mentioned in the intro. Intotal there were 310 municipalities across Quebec that were affected by the flooding from this day in weather history.
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Two waves of supercell thunderstorms brought widespread large hail to the St. Louis Metropolitan Area and boy do I mean LARGE!! During the afternoon and evening hours of April 28th 2012 widespread hail damage to vehicles, houses and businesses was reported in and around the St Louis Metro...this day in weather history.
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Over the past 45 years, five major ice jam events occurred on the Albany River in Northern Ontario...this is the story of what happened, this day in weather history.
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Remember Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz when she quipped “Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore”? It was a tornado like this that prompted that quote. This F5 from this day in weather history.
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During the afternoon of 25 April 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal and surrounding countries. The violent and relentless earth shaking from the quake triggered an avalanche that rolled over Base Camp on Mount Everest like a steam roller. This day in Weather History
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And here we go again...springtime flooding. A combination of melting snow and heavy rain in the spring of 2008 contributed to the worst flooding New Brunswick had seen in 35 years….this day in weather history.
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On the 9th we introduced the first 7 astronauts ever in NASA, on the 11th we re-lived the harrowing story of the Apollo 13 mission and on the 12th we launched the first ever space shuttle in the STS era...today we Go back to the prep work that started the mission to the moon when the Ranger 4 launched to get pics of the moon...this day in weather history.
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April 22, 2021 5 min
We have one home. We will only ever have one home. Earth. We can dream all we want of living on other planets but until we become a totally different species of human, dreaming is as far as we will ever get so let’s make sure we make the best of it. We started that this day in weather history.
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The Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles California after the 1961 baseball season and they made Chavez Ravine their home and Dodger Stadium has stood there ever since. If you are not familiar with that geography, its a very dry desert! So, suffice to say it, rainouts at Dodger Stadium are extremely rare. Since 1962, there have been only 17….but their luck ran out this day in weather history.
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