This Day in Weather History
"This Day In Weather History" is a daily podcast by The Weather Network that features unique and informative stories from host Chris Mei. Weather Happens Everyday. 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 there...so we dive into that! How about when Prince played the Super Bowl halftime show? It’s possible 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? Bands like Green Day and Nine Inch Nails were only 2 albums into their young careers, but how they adapted to the weather conditions is what instantly made their performances not only legendary, but also catapulted them into mainstream stardom. It’s all here - all year - in one podcast.... "This Day In Weather History"!
December 23, 2020
December 23 - Revolutionary War: "The Snow Campaign"
The Snow Campaign was one of the first major military operations of the American Revolutionary War in the southern colonies. Starting 2 days away from Christmas morning; these determined patriots had bigger gifts to deliver...this day in weather history.
December 22, 2020
December 22 - A Great Escape! A HISTORIC Discovery!
Pierre Jules César Janssen discovered many things in his time but he is also the co-discoverer of helium gas. The thing is, he discovered the concept of helium through his observations of solar eclipses....after he escaped the Germans in the Franco-Prussian War!!...This day in weather history!
December 21, 2020
December 21 - It Was Just The FIRST Day of Winter!
The snow and the cold had already been an issue. It was a pretty wintery Fall season already in 2008, so the December 21st "starting line" meant little to Mother Nature this year. But on the first day of winter, she unleashed a fury of snow, wind, rain, freezing rain and ice pellets...this day in weather history.
December 20, 2020
December 20 - Most Destructive Storm in BC Hydro History
It is still considered right now to have been the most damaging storm in B.C. Hydro’s history. On December 20th, 2018, a powerful wind storm swept through B.C.’s south coast, causing more damage than any previous storm, triggering the largest mobilization of B.C. Hydro resources in the province’s history…. this day in weather history.
December 19, 2020
December 19 - "The Nightmare Before, During & After Christmas"
This December 2013 North American storm complex was a significant storm complex. It featured everything you’d always want in a storm but were afraid to ask for...and they all happened in ONE storm....this day in weather history!
December 18, 2020
December 18 - "Killer Cobra"
Typhoon Cobra was also known as the Typhoon of 1944 or Halsey's Typhoon (named after Admiral William "Bull" Halsey), and was first observed on December 17 when it surprised a fleet of ships in the open waters of the western Pacific Ocean....this day in weather history.
December 16, 2020
December 16 - The Holiday Season Tornado Outbreak
So we are only 9 days away from what many celebrate as Christmas morning. This is definitely the case for most who live in the American Deep South that emcompassses the states that line the gulf of Mexico. But on this December 16th, 2019, more than two dozen tornadoes touched down and all hell broke loose.
December 15, 2020
December 15 - War and Weather: "The Battle of Fredericksburg"
The American Civil War took place at the tail end of what is often termed the Little Ice Age, a period of overall colder temperature norms with an apparent atmospheric randomness that led to wide unpredictability. This curious period in time dated, according to most scholars, from roughly 1310 to 1850. And it included the "less-than"-United States of America and The Battle of Fredericksburg of 1862. It started on December 11and wrapped on the 15th; This Day in Weather History.