Meteorological events that happened on October 6th:
If you like lots of the sun then, not surprisingly, the best place in the United States for you is in the desert southwest. The sunniest city in the U.S. is Yuma, Arizona which sees 90% of the yearly possible sunshine. Second on the list is Las Vegas, Nevada which receives around 85% of the possible sunshine. Las Vegas also holds the distinction of being the least humid city in the country with an annual average relative humidity of just 30.5%.
A second early season snowstorm produced 11 inches at Wilkes Barre, PA and 26 inches at Auburn, NY. All the mountains in the northeastern U.S. were whitened with snow.
A strong tornado hit the east side of Kansas City, MO. 4 people were killed, including 2 people in a house that was blown intact for 700 feet and then destroyed. 130 homes and buildings were destroyed. Damage totaled $250,000 dollars.
A Hurricane struck near Miami, FL during the early morning with peak winds of 125 mph, causing considerable property damage. Five people drowned in small boats capsized by the high wind. The hurricane moved out into the Gulf of Mexico and made a second landfall near Apalachicola, FL the next morning.
Nashville, TN recorded its earliest snowfall ever with a trace recorded.
An unseasonable heat ridge extended from California to the central Plains, Great Lakes into the Northeast. Record highs for the month of October included: Waterloo, IA: 95°-Tied, Chicago, IL: 94°, Decorah, IA: 94°, Elkader, IA: 94°, Dodge, WI: 93°, La Crosse, WI: 93°-Tied, Prairie du Chien, WI: 93°, Hillsboro, WI: 92°, Lancaster, WI: 92°, Necedah, WI: 92°, Fayette, IA: 91°, Genoa, WI: 91°, Richland Center, WI: 91°, Blair, WI: 90°, Mauston, WI: 90°, Sparta, WI: 90°, Trempealeau, WI: 90° and Viroqua, WI: 90°.
Other daily record included: Kansas City, MO: 95°, Des Moines, IA: 94°, Concordia, KS: 94°, Lincoln, NE: 93°, Omaha, NE: 93°, Moline, IL: 92°, South Bend, IN: 92°, Sioux City, IA: 91°, Columbia, MO: 91°-Tied, Madison, WI: 90°, Peoria, IL: 90°, Rockford, IL: 90°, Springfield, IL: 90°, Milwaukee, WI: 89°, Norfolk, NE: 89°, Fort Wayne, IN: 89°-Tied, Green Bay, WI: 88°, Rochester, MN: 88°, Sioux City, IA: 87°-Tied and Dubuque, IA: 86°-Tied.
A Canadian record for maximum one-day rainfall was set as 19.3 inches fell at Brynnor Mines and Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Santa Ana winds produced record heat and fires across parts of southern California. A fire of 1,000 acres burned southeast of Poway, CA. Record highs included: Long Beach, CA: 105°, La Mesa, CA: 103°, Santa Ana, CA: 103°, Downtown Los Angeles, CA: 102°, Los Angeles (LAX), CA: 101°, San Diego, CA: 101°, National City, CA: 101° and Santa Maria, CA: 96°. There was relief along the coast as Imperial Beach only reached 84°.
An area of low pressure that had brought windy conditions to Florida since the 1st of the month strengthened into a subtropical storm early on this date and moved northward just off the east coast causing extremely rough seas, coastal flooding, and beach erosion. Winds of 25 to 40 mph with higher gusts were reported. Locally heavy rain caused flooding along the east coast. Heaviest amounts were 14 inches at Boca Raton and 10 inches at Cocoa. No deaths or serious injuries were reported. Thousands of surfers were attracted by the extended period of rough seas and high surf along the east coast during the first week of October, some suffered cuts and bruises.
Hurricane Heather recurved with the remnants tracking across Baja California into Arizona. Rainfall totals of up to two inches fell in the southern mountains and deserts on this date through the 7th.
An airliner flew into a tornado which had just lifted off the ground near Moerdijk, Holland, causing one of the wings to fall off. The resulting crash killed all 17 people on board.
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 land and mudslides resulting from the rain claimed about 180 lives.
The western U.S. continued to sizzle. Astoria OR tied their October high temperature record with 85°.
Other daily record highs included: Redding, CA: 103°, Tucson, AZ: 101°-Tied, Fresno, CA: 99°, Sacramento, CA: 98°, Stockton, CA: 96°, Salem, OR: 88°-Tied, Eugene, OR: 86°-Tied, Quillayute, WA: 82°, Flagstaff, AZ: 81° and Eureka, CA: 78°.
What a contrast: The day before at Rapid City, SD, it was 89°. On this date, freezing conditions and snow showers occurred.
Heavy snow blanketed parts of the northern Rockies. Snowfall totals included: Mystic Lake, MT: 20 inches, Red Lodge, MT: 12 inches, Nye, MT: 10 inches, Sheridan, WY: 7 inches, Pryor, MT: 5 inches, Billings, MT: 3.5 inches; Billings had a high temperature of just 38°, after a high of 82° the previous day.
A surface low pressure system formed over the Rockies and advanced across the plains into South Dakota. A cold front bowed southeast and south of the low across central South Dakota and into eastern Nebraska. With the unstable weather in the warm sector, a line of thunderstorms developed during the mid to late afternoon hours. The storms quickly became severe as they moved into western Iowa. Monona and Crawford Counties were especially hard hit. There were numerous reports of golf ball size hail and one storm produced baseball size hail over the Ute area of Monona County. Baseball size hail also fell a short time later east of Soldier. As the storms moved east, high winds were the major problem causing some roof damage.
A squall line moved across Lower Michigan producing tornadoes, downbursts, and some flooding. A tornado struck Ferris State University in Big Rapids, injuring seven students. Another tornado moved from northern Isabella County into southern Clare County, damaging several homes. Total damage with the storms was more than a million dollars.
Disastrous flooding continued in central and southern Mexico as a tropical depression over the Gulf of Mexico produced torrential rains. The weak storm, barely discernible on weather maps, dumped very heavy rains, forcing 157,000 people from their homes and killing at least 66 people.
A microburst was observed during the early evening by the National Weather Service staff six miles northwest of the Midland-Odessa Airport in West Texas. No severe reports were received with the event. Later in the evening, a severe thunderstorm developed and affected the city of West Odessa. This storm produced large hail to the size of golf balls. It also resulted in a damaging downburst, which destroyed a couple of mobile homes. A swift water rescue was conducted by the fire department, as a car was stalled in high water on city streets resulting from the downburst.
Further north, severe thunderstorms produced golf ball size hail and damaging winds across portions of southwest and south central Oklahoma. The worst of the weather occurred near Lawton and Comanche, where numerous trees and power poles were downed.
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