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October 15th

Local and Regional Events:

October 15, 1880:

A violent early season blizzard devastated Minnesota and the Dakotas. Winds gusted to 70 mph at Yankton, SD, and snow drifts 10 to 15 feet high were reported in northwest Iowa and southeast South Dakota. Canby Minnesota reported 20 feet high snow drifts from this storm. Saint Paul, MN reported a barometric pressure of 28.65 inches on the 16th. Piles of snow, which remained throughout the severe winter to follow, blocked railroads. The winter of 1880-81 is vividly portrayed in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Book: The Long Winter. Click HERE for more information from Dr. Mayes-Boustead.

The information above is about this unprecedented early season snow storm from the Monthly Weather Review.

October 15, 1992:

Snow fell throughout the day across the north central and northwest part of the state with 2 to 6 inches occurring. There was a separate report of 7 inches near Harding in northwestern South Dakota.


U.S.A and Global Events for October 15th:

1608: Evangelista Torricelli, the Italian physicist, and mathematician who invented the barometer, was born on this date. In 1644, Evangelista Torricelli built the first barometer with mercury.


The portrait above is Evangelista Torricelli by Lorenzo Lippi, circa 1647.


1954: By 11 pm on the 15th, Hurricane Hazel had reached and crossed the waters of Lake Ontario, still sporting sustained winds as high as 60 mph. Hazel took direct aim at the heart of Toronto as it roared past at 49 mph. Toronto saw heavy rainfall before Hurricane Hazel on the 14th. The previous storm, in combination with the hurricane, resulted in significant flooding. Click HERE for more information from The Weather Doctor.

Food waters surrounding a Toronto-area church. The image is courtesy of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Museum.


1984: The Monday Night Football game in Denver, CO was played in a raging blizzard. 15 inches of snow fell with up to 34 inches reported in the nearby mountains. The Air Force Academy canceled classes for the first time in its' recorded history. Click HERE for more information from the NWS Office in Louisville, Kentucky.


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