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In weather history ...

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

October 29, 2010 — Hurricanes, cyclones and weather bombs. We've seen all of the above on this day in weather history.

Lake-effect flurries fell in Ontario on October 29, 2006
Lake-effect flurries fell in Ontario on October 29, 2006

On this day in weather history ...

Hurricane “San Narcisco” - 1867

In 1867, a hurricane sank more than 50 vessels at the Caribbean island of St. Thomas, drowning 1,000. It was one of the strongest hurricanes in Puerto Rico's history. The storm made landfall in Puerto Rico at around 5-6 pm somewhat weaker than when it hit St. Thomas passing over Caguas and leaving the island in the west.

India Cyclone - 1999

In 1999, India's Eastern Orissa state was hit by one of the most powerful cyclones ever with winds up to 250 kilometres an hour, killing an estimated 10,000 people over the next few days.

Weather Bomb hits eastern Canada, U.S. - 2006

In 2006, nearly 200,000 homes and businesses were left without power from Maryland, U.S. to Saint John, N.B., as a storm system blasted the region with winds gusting to more than 90 kilometres per hour, knocking down power lines. The storm deepened as it tracked northeastward across the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys on Friday, the 27th.The storm then rapidly intensified as it headed north into Quebec Canada Saturday and Saturday night. Strong winds resulted in downed limbs and trees and power outages across the area. There was also lake-effect snow in parts of Ontario. The 24-hour pressure fall from midday Friday to midday Saturday was a whopping 38 millibars. For a storm system to be defined as a “bomb”, a 24-hour pressure drop much be at least 24 millibars.

Ontario's mild Halloween: 2007, 2008
Ontario's mild Halloween: 2007, 2008

This weekend in weather history ...

Mild Hallowe'en in southern Ontario

The weather on October 31st, 2007 may have been the best Halloween treat for kids in southern Ontario. It was 16°C as the ghouls and goblins took to the streets. That's 6 degrees warmer than the normal daytime high, and the rain held off until the last treat was collected.

This was just the first year of unseasonably warm weather for southern Ontario. October 31st, 2008, saw a virtual repeat with temperatures once again sitting in the mid teens.

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