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On This Day In Weather History - September 20


1957   Showers and thunderstorms drenched Kansas City with 3.73 inches of rain. The only problem was that it did not rain again for the next seventeen days.


1811   The first U.S. tornado to kill more than ten people took eleven lives at Charleston, SC. It was spawned in a landfalling hurricane.

1845   The "Great Adirondack Tornado," really a family of up to 4 tornadoes, traversed an incredible 275 miles, tearing down many thousands of trees across northern New York and northern Vermont.

1987   A vivid rainbow was seen at Fort Simpson, in the Northwest Territories of Canada, during a visit by Pope John Paul II.