Pat Shingleton: "Welcome to March"
Welcome to March and some items I’ve moved off the weather desk. If a baseball at the Box is blasted into humid air it will travel farther than in dry air provided the force and trajectory are the same. If the earth were the size of a billiard ball, it would be smoother and closer to a perfect sphere. The widest tornado ever recorded touched down in Nebraska in March 2004. At its widest point, the twister measured 2.5 miles in diameter and traveled 62 miles. To determine the effect that sustained high temperatures have on the human body, Dr.Craig Taylor once subjected himself to 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 14 and a half minutes without serious medical complications. March 1, 1910 noted the deadliest avalanche in United States history. Two trains with carriage cars were stalled on a snowbound grade leading to Steven’s Pass in Washington. The avalanche swept the engines and cars into a canyon resulting in fatalities ranging from 96 to 118 people. The Wellington Station house was also leveled by the avalanche. On this date in 1960 an ice storm snapped hundreds of miles of power and telephone lines in northern Alabama and northern Georgia. A covering of 1 to 4 Inches of ice was reported and 90% of the trees in Dekalb County were damaged as ice remained on the ground in numerous locations until March 11.