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Heavy Rainfall and Flash Flood Threats Shift From Southern Plains to Lower Mississippi Valley; Elevated to Critical Fire Concerns Out West

Heavy to excessive rainfall with flash flood concerns will shift from the southern Plains into the Lower Mississippi Valley. Elevated to Critical Fire weather threats will linger through the weekend across the Great Basin and central Rockies. Finally, Major to Record river flooding will continue in portions of the Midwest and across parts of North and South Carolina this weekend. Read More >

Weather History Archive

On This Day In

                   Weather History

October 12th

Local and Regional Events:

October 12, 1997:

High winds upward of 60 mph were recorded throughout western South Dakota.


Local Climate Information:

Click HERE for daily climate information for Aberdeen, Mobridge, Pierre, Sisseton, and Watertown.

Click HERE for daily climate information for Sioux Falls, Huron, Mitchell, and Sioux City.


U.S.A and Global Events for October 12th:

1918: On October 10, 1918, two men working near a railroad siding northwest of Cloquet, Minnesota saw a passenger train pass by the siding, and soon after that discovered a fire burning through grass and piles of wood. The fire could not be contained, and by October 12, fires had spread through northern Minnesota. In total, 453 lives were lost, and 52,000 people were injured or displaced, 38 communities were destroyed, 250,000 acres were burned. Click HERE for more information from the Library of Congress.


The image above is a residential area of Cloquet after the 1918 fire. The image is courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.


1962: The Columbus Day Storm of 1962 was a Pacific Northwest windstorm that struck the West Coast of Canada and the Pacific Northwest coast of the United States on this day. It is considered the benchmark of extratropical wind storms. The storm ranks among the most intense to strike the region since at least 1948, likely since the January 9, 1880 "Great Gale" and snowstorm. Click HERE for more information from the University of Washington. Click HERE for a video about this event.


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The image above is the surface weather analysis of the Columbus Day Storm on October 13th, 1962.


1979: The lowest barometric pressure ever recorded occurs in the center of Typhoon Tip on this day. A fly reconnaissance mission recorded the low pressure of 870 hPa or 25.69 inHg. At its peak, Typhoon Tip was the most extensive tropical cyclone on record with a wind diameter of 1380 miles. Click HERE for more information from the Weather Doctor.


The satellite image above is Typhoon Tip at peak intensity on October 12th, 1979.

The image above is a comparison of the United States, Super Typhoon Tip, and the smallest storm, Tropical Cyclone Tracy.

Click HERE for more This Day in Weather History from the Southeast Regional Climate Center.