Pat Shingleton: The Ides of March
The ancient Roman calendar was divided into three lunar sections identified as Kalends, Nones and Ides. The ides would fall on the 15th. Interesting weather occurrences include the 15th of March and a record high and low on the same day and the same location. Astoria, Oregon recorded an overnight low of 28 and later in the day, the mercury zipped to 61. It was a first for the local weather service office that opened in 1961. On March 15, 1936, an intense stretch of dust storms in southeast Colorado sandblasted paint from vehicles and damaged windshields. As previously noted in another column, the world's five day rainfall record was set in the Indian Ocean at Ciaos, Reunion Island. A tropical cyclone dumped 151.73 inches of rain.