Weather History: Fort Erie snow storm
Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer
October 12, 2012 — Do you remember the October snowstorm that buried Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York? We take a look back at that and other interesting weather stories that made history on October 12.
40 cm of snow fell in Fort Erie, ON
It was a day people in parts of Ontario and New York State will never forget. On October 12, 2006, a freak storm dumped 40 cm of snow in Fort Erie, Ontario, and over 60 cm in neighbouring Buffalo over a span of two days.
Trees were knocked over, power-lines were down and the city had to deal with extensive flooding when the snow began to melt.
The snow that fell on October 12 not only produced a one-day October record for Fort Erie, but broke the record for the entire month, as well.
Here are some other interesting weather stories for this day in history:
- 1823: Charles Macintosh of Scotland, a chemist and inventor of waterproof fabrics, begins selling raincoats (also known as “Macs”)
- 1886: A powerful hurricane, combined with storm surge, leads to 250 deaths in Indianola, Texas
- 1836: 18 inches of snow falls in Bridgewater, NY
- 1979: Super Typhoon Tip records the lowest sea level pressure ever observed on a tropical system
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