This Day in Weather History

The Weather Network

"This Day In Weather History" is a daily podcast from The Weather Network that features unique and informative stories written and produced by host Chris Mei. Weather happens every day. It can be sunny, cloudy, stormy or maybe just unsettled, but it is always happening! It’s when severe weather strikes that it captures the attention of those affected…and the imagination of everyone else who follows the story. So it is with good reason to expect that after over a century of news and weather information gathering and record keeping, there would be a "special" weather or natural phenomena event to mark each day of a calendar. Do you remember the first recorded tornado in Canadian history? No, you don’t because none of us were we dive into that! How about when Prince played the Super Bowl halftime show? It’s possibly the best performance ever for that event….and the backstory made it all the more special! Or how about the 25th Anniversary Woodstock Festival back in 1994? It’s all here - all year - in one podcast.... "This Day In Weather History"!

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It was to be celebrated as the 50th Grey Cup Championship. It was played in 1962, in Toronto at an outdoor stadium, that laid right along the shores of Lake Ontario. Already sounds like a bad idea and It remains the only Grey Cup game ever suspended during play...starting on Saturday the 1st and wrapping up on Sunday, the 2nd. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Dec 2

6 min 18 sec

For the storm to create so much chaos that Ten train cars went off their tracks in the middle of a busy day in Ohio, this was a storm that needed to be investigated further. The crashed train cars narrowly missed the main electrical feed that provides power to Amherst's 12,000 residents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Dec 1

6 min 9 sec

Mrs. Elizabeth Hodges, who was asleep on her living room couch at the time the object came crashing into and through her house. Normally we hear of meteorites falling into the ocean or driving into one of Earth's more open and  remote places; so this was a crazy thing to even consider happening.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 30

5 min 32 sec

It was a Black Friday that much is true but this disaster left 17 people dead and 114 injured in a series of chain-reaction accidents.  The California Highway Patrol who tended to this said that at least 93 cars and 11 transport trucks crashed into each other in the middle of the afternoon along a tiny 1 1/2-mile stretch of the highway.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 29

5 min 58 sec

THIS storm, named after the Mataafa wreck, was responsible for  damaging or totally destroying about 29 vessels, killing 36 and causing shipping losses of $3.567 million in 1905 dollars on Lake Superior. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 28

5 min 28 sec

The blizzard of 1977 hit western New York as well as southern Ontario from January 28 to February 1.  Daily winds gusted over 110km/h (up to 70 mph).  Snowfall totals in some areas were as much as 100 inches...that’s over 2.5 METERS PLUS drifts as high as 30 to 40 ft!!. Then the next day a severe temperature drop turned the wet melted snow all over the field to a solid sheet of ice!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 27

6 min 4 sec

Lightning and heavy rain opened up early and pushed back the start of the game by 25 minutes at the Steeler’s home park Heinz Field, in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Steelers won by ONE field goal; that’s right, final score: 3-0!!  AND THAT field goal came with only 17 seconds left in the game!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 26

5 min 32 sec

November 25th, 1950 and this was the Canadian football championship game played between the Toronto Argonauts and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Grey Cup has been part of the Canadian pro football scene since as far back as 1909, when the trophy itself was donated by Governor General Earl Grey for the Canadian football championship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 25

5 min 43 sec

At the height of the windstorm, Toronto Hydro said approximately 10,000 customers were without power in the west and north end of the city.  While across the province, approximately 87,000 customers were in the dark, according to Hydro One.  In the province of Quebec, 53,600 Hydro-Quebec customers were without power. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 24

5 min 46 sec

A monstrous 75 cm of snow fell in just one single event all over Happy Valley-Goose Bay.  And with that, they had officially accumulated more snow than most major Canadian cities would suffer in a full YEAR!!   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 23

6 min 8 sec

Live from Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton Alberta, this first-time event featured two of Canada’s most legendary dynastic teams: the Edmonton Oilers vs the Montreal Canadiens...this day in weather history.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 22

5 min 49 sec

The fire was fast to start and even faster to spread.  It originated above several communities but when the winds oscillated due east, that then drove the fire downhill through developed areas. The town of Paradise would disappear.  In the end, the fire destroyed 85% of the town’s buildings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 21

6 min 27 sec

Snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches (5-10cm)/hour  = an average of a foot to a foot and half of snow within this band leading up to daybreak Friday. A fatal collision and vehicle fire closed the northbound lanes of Highway 400, north of Highway 88 to Highway 89. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 20

5 min 38 sec

Late in the afternoon on this day in weather history it was a typical highway story that starts a chain reaction of this kind….Trucks. Within minutes there was a long gridlocked  line of cars just sitting there, vulnerable to whatever happens next because they literally had nowhere to go. The traffic accident made it impossible for snow plows and emergency vehicles to get through.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 19

5 min 51 sec

The year was 1929 and The Dominion of Newfoundland was a country in eastern North America at the time.  It is today the modern Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, but that didn't come about until 1949 when it became the 10th and final province in the country. It went by a number of different names: The Grand Banks earthquake, the Laurentian Slope earthquake and the South Shore Disaster.  It hit right at dinner time for most, 5:02pm on November 18, this day in weather history.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 18

6 min 5 sec

Not only was the snowstorm historic in its own right but it also provided the shock and awe of lightning. Just in the Western NY event alone, S. Cheektowaga, was buried under 65" (165cm) of snow….that’s over 5 feet of snow!!!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 17

5 min 46 sec

The reach of Iota was massive; sea swells were witnessed as far north as Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, as far east as Jamaica and as far south as Colombia…..this day in weather History. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 16

5 min 39 sec

Sidr hammered Bangladesh with peak 1-minute sustained winds of 260 km/h (160 mph), making it a Category-5 equivalent tropical cyclone on the Saffir-Simpson Scale that weighs hurricanes. Bangladesh set a modern day record of being able to mobilize over one million people to evacuate at a moment's notice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 15

6 min 5 sec

Just 36 seconds after liftoff, a bolt of lightning shot out like...well…..a rocket…..from the grey clouds over the launch site, striking the Saturn5 as it climbed towards space. What happened after that is a story of legends. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 14

5 min 53 sec

This became known as the Armero tragedy—the deadliest of its kind in recorded history. However, volcanic activity at Nevado del Ruiz began about two million years ago, since the Early Pleistocene or Late Pliocene era, with three major eruptive periods. Yet somehow, when it blew, it caught everyone by surprise and nearby towns unaware. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 13

5 min 49 sec

It was the highest tide in 50 years and with it came the looming threat that seawater would move up and into the historic monuments and works of art in the equally historic city. The waters peaked at 1.87m (6ft), that's just 2 inches below the highest flooding ever recorded in Venice back in 1966, and it submerged over 80% of a city already below sea level. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 12

5 min 59 sec

Each year we pause all programming on our network of feeds around the country to reflect and respect those who have and continue to serve bravely with their lives for the safety and security of our Canada.  Wherever you happen to be listening to this podcast around the world, in Europe and especially for our very wide listener base in the United States, we also honour the brave men and women who serve you and the global good for peace and independence and freedom from tyranny and oppression.  Thank You!  Thank You!  Thank You! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 11

5 min 26 sec

SS Edmund Fitzgerald was an American Great Lakes freighter.  She was the largest ship on North America's Great Lakes when launched on June 7, 1958.  Unfortunately, she also remains the largest to have sunk there. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 10

5 min 34 sec

The day proved to be one of the wackiest weather days ever in Ontario. In Southwest Ontario on the Michigan border, Windsor’s temperatures climbed to a balmy 20°C. In Southeast Ontario and Canada's National Capital, Ottawa, they suffered a round of freezing rain. Off the shores of Georgian Bay in sort of Central Ontario, the city of Barrie had snow and Hamilton experienced a rare and very late in the season tornado.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 9

6 min 6 sec

World War One involved the active duty of more than 65 million men from over 30 countries. Of these, 620,000 Canadians and nearly 8 million French fought in truly horrific conditions in France.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 8

6 min 14 sec

It is still the deadliest and most destructive natural disaster to hit the 5 great lakes in recorded history, killing more than 250 people, destroying 19 ships, and stranding 19 others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 7

6 min 21 sec

This powerful and deadly twister was first reported in the coastal town of Ladispoli, where two floors of an eight-story building collapsed. Dozens of other buildings were damaged in Ladispoli while it also closed local schools when the localized street flooding became a concern in Rome. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 6

5 min 17 sec

Historically, it is one of the deadliest typhoons on record to hit the Philippines.  It killed at least 6,300 people in that country alone while also leaving 11 million more people homeless. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 5

6 min 8 sec

On November 4th, 2001, one of the more unique weather occurrences coincided with one of the conclusions of one of the most intense series and seasons in baseball history…..this day in weather history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 4

5 min 58 sec

The earthquake registered 7.9 Magnitude. It was the largest quake recorded in the United States since the 1965 Rat Islands earthquake. And that concussion upon eruption was the strongest ever recorded in the interior of Alaska. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 3

5 min 42 sec

Benjamin Franklin was living in the then US Capital, Philadelphia Pennsylvania and was excited about the prospect of recording observations of a predicted eclipse event. Problem is, there was no such thing as a Weather network back then so there was no way of knowing there was a hurricane looming until it was upon you and it was and it ruined his day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 2

5 min 41 sec

You had to know that likely EVERY SINGLE halloween decoration across the province of Quebec was still set up or hanging from something creative when the 100 kilometre per hour winds hammered through. The good news is that it did NOT happen on the 31st because it most assuredly would have injured or even killed so many more people with everyone out in the streets revelling in the clubs or walking their kids around trick or treating.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Nov 1

4 min 51 sec

With stories from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, sit back and enjoy the candy, gum, chocolate and chips you likely stole from your kids' collection bags while we look at a special collection of spooky, scary and down right nasty weather events on an already spooky and scary night for all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Oct 31

5 min 31 sec

On October 30, 1991, the so-called “perfect storm” hit the North Atlantic producing remarkably large waves along the New England and Canadian coasts. The damage caused by these enormous waves was widespread throughout the entire region. While this storm was developing, there was a 70-foot fishing boat named the Andrea Gail in the Grand Banks of the North Atlantic on a fishing mission for swordfish. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Oct 30

6 min

On October 25th of this podcast we followed Sandy as it became a hurricane then as it carved through everything in its path through the Caribbean.  It rolled over Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti and The we cover its final landfall, near Atlantic City, New Jersey.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Oct 29

6 min 18 sec

The island nation of Japan is located along an intersection of 4 tectonic plates.  As a result of this, a tremor occurs in Japan with a frequency of at least every five minutes.  That equates to a total of 2,000 quakes each year.  That is a recipe for disaster.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Oct 28

6 min 5 sec

Coming out of St. Petersburg and heading to Philadelphia after the first two games of the 2008 World Series, the heavily favoured Phillies were braced for bad weather. They are from here, they know that this is normally the time of year where their NFL brothers The Eagles flourish and their NHL brothers The Flyers dominate. Game 5, which started on Monday, October 27, was suspended after the top of the 6th inning and called off for the remainder of the night. But this game was postponed again on the Tuesday then finally found its conclusion on Wednesday, October 29! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Oct 27

6 min 7 sec

It was reported that the Bluenose struck a coral reef off the coast of Haiti. The crew were safe but the ship was so badly damaged that it would soon sink to the bottom of the Caribbean sea.  No one has ever found any scrap of evidence of the wreckage.  So just what was she doing there in the first place and secondly how could this have happened? Today we investigate this, on this day in weather history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Oct 26

11 min 21 sec

Today is part ONE, when Sandy was at its peak intensity. We will pick this story up in 4 days when Sandy made its landfall on the mid Atlantic seaboard and unleashed a storm surge that residents of Long Island, Staten Island and the Jersey Shores will never ever forget.  That's to be continued on October 29th...that day in weather history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Oct 25

6 min 8 sec

The "Fall Classic". Welcome back to October special on “World Series Weather” on This Day in Weather History. It was already a hot day that Tuesday afternoon.  At 2:45pm, hours before the game started, and as the Dodgers took to batting practice the temperature read 104F (40C). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Oct 24

5 min 49 sec

Hurricane Patricia made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph(over 240km/h) in Jalisco state of southwest Mexico on this day in weather history at 6:15 p.m. CDT.  But then this monster underwent what is called an eye-wall replacement cycle. In the case of this storm, there was severe flooding in the mountainous terrain of southern Mexico and it went on to damage or destroy over 10,000 homes and about 100,000 acres of farmland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Oct 23

5 min 42 sec

Some of the greatest rainfalls over the four days were recorded at Grand Manan (162 mm), Yarmouth (109 mm) and Baccaro Point (137 mm). Peak winds were reported at Cape Sable Island, clocking in at 189 km/h.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Oct 22

5 min 30 sec

Spring training in Florida began with regularity back in 1913. The idea was that while snow covered the fields back where the parent clubs lived, Florida was perfect location to get together and play demonstration games to tune up for when spring arrived up north. That was the original plan anyway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Oct 21

5 min 59 sec

One who was there for this storm was Mr. Ken MacDonald, a listener and fan of this podcast.  He sent me this story from his perspective along with material from which to research further the details of what happened this day in weather history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Oct 20

6 min 46 sec

Game 1 of the 1996 World Series between the Braves and Yankees was to be played at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York.  That was the plan….but the weather was simply too much and the opener was postponed by a major storm system affecting the East Coast.  It was only the third time in World Series history that a Game 1 had been postponed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Oct 19

6 min 3 sec

It would be 15 years until another season would have a W-named storm – Tropical Storm Wilfred in 2020. Hurricane Wilma was the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Atlantic basin, and was part of the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, where 3 of the top ten most intense Atlantic hurricanes took place: including also #4 Rita and #7 Katrina.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Oct 18

5 min 51 sec

During that pregame a powerful 7.1-magnitude quake centred in the Santa Cruz Mountains rocked the region from Santa Cruz to Oakland. After this, this world series was forever known by another moniker “The Earthquake Series”.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Oct 17

6 min 7 sec

On October 14, just before its first landfall on the Carolinas, Hazel’s wind speeds rocketed to 240 kilometres per hour (150 mph), and THAT qualified it to be upgraded to a Category 4 storm. By the time it reached Canada, it was an extratropical category 1. Malton Airport (now Lester B. Pearson International Airport), in the west end of the city reported 137 mm (5.4 in) of rain, with the totals increasing until past Brampton which had been in the crosshairs of over 200mm! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Oct 16

5 min 49 sec

Games had twice been postponed due to poor weather. A routine pop fly that would normally be caught 999 out of 1,000 times, everyone watched the ball fly into the outfield and followed it until it too disappeared in the dark. Nobody knew what had happened until a fan’s loud voice was heard shrieking: “It’s a home run.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Oct 15

5 min 48 sec

Several months' worth of rain fell in just a few hours through the overnight hours of October 14th, 2018, leaving roads severed in some areas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Oct 14

5 min 34 sec