Pat Shingleton: "Crazy Weather Occurrances..."
Louisiana has had its share of unusual weather occurrences along with others around the world. In 1865 a hailstorm hit France with iceballs dropping in such quantities that it didn't disappear for four days, covering an area of 21,000,000 cubic feet. Hurricane John in 1994 lasted 29 days and traveled more than 5,000 miles. Cape Disappointment, Washington has recorded 2,552 hours or more than 106 days of fog in the course of one year. In 1998, Hurricane Mitch killed 11,000 people in Central America making it one of the deadliest hurricanes to hit the Caribbean since the Great Hurricane of 1780. In 1907, 12 tons of fish dropped from the sky in Switzerland transported from a lake 20 kilometers away The longest lightning flash occurred on October 13, 2001. It originated near Waco, Texas and moved north to Dallas covering 118 miles. One of the world's worst droughts caused a massive famine in northern and central China from 1876 to 1878 with a death toll of 13 million people. Eight percent of all cattle in Kansas died in a blizzard on January 13, 1886. The worst hailstorm occurred on June 11, 1990 with $625 million in damage on Colorado's front range. The record for the fastest speed of movement for a tornado and the longest tornado path is the Tri-State tornado of March 18, 1925. It maintained a heading for 183 of its 219 miles at a speed of 62 mph. Super-Typhoon Tip recorded a central pressure of 870 millibars with surface winds of 190 mph.