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On This Day In Weather History - October 17


1898   Kansas City was blanketed with 3.3 inches of snow, with a total of 1.59 inches. The high for the day was a wintery 36 degrees, This is the earliest measurable snowfall on record for Kansas City.


1971   Large balls of fire were observed just ahead of an F2 tornado moving down the main street of Wray, Colorado. This phenomena may be caused by dust particles gaining electrical charge as they are carried through the air by the wind.