Pat Shingleton: "Allison and Oddities..."
On this date in 2001, the remnants of Tropical Storm Allison drifted south and reformed over the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. The system reorganized as a tropical cyclone before moving inland over Louisiana on the 11th. Winds increased to 45 M.P.H. as the center moved across southeastern Louisiana and southeastern Mississippi. Allison was a tremendous rain machine dumping 36.99 inches on Houston and more than 20 inches in Baton Rouge; stalling over North Carolina on June 14. It caused $5 billion damage and 41 deaths and became the costliest and deadliest U.S. tropical storm on record. For three days it roamed the Atlantic coast, merged with a cold front and dissipated in Nova Scotia on the 19th. Also on this date in 1880, the Scientific American reported that in East Kent, Ontario, two farmers witnessed a cloud of stones flying upward following a cannon-like boom. When they examined the sight of the stones they noticed a circle, sixteen feet in diameter, swept clean; verifying there was no wind or meteors that could have caused the event. Another “upward” event occurred in Cupar, Scotland in 1841, spooking cattle. Laundry, in those days, was tramped in a tub. Included were large sheets, curtains and clothing items that were placed upon the lawn and pinned for drying. A loud snap, followed by a wind gust lifted the clothing and heavy items in a straight line skyward, never to be found again while smaller articles, remained in place.