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On This Day In Weather History - November 17


1959   The temperature at the Municipal Airport dipped to 7 degrees above zero, and remained below freezing all day. It marked the climax of a five day cold wave in which temperatures stayed below 40 degrees and averaged more than 20 degrees below normal.


1869   A train near Boston Corners, NY was blown off the tracks by high winds. The train crashed down a ravine and caught fire, killing 3 people.

1927   An F2 tornado hit western Alexandria, VA, and the eastern quadrants of the District of Columbia. It traveled just nine blocks from the Capitol. 150 people were injured by the tornado, and one person was killed by lightning.