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Issued: 6:00 AM CDT Oct. 23, 2016 – National Weather Service

... On this date in weather history...

In 2015, Hurricane Patricia became the 2nd most powerful
tropical cyclone on record worldwide with a minimum
central pressure of 872 mb, an incredible 25.75 inches in
Mercury. Her central pressure was the lowest on record
in the western hemisphere and the 2nd lowest globally.
She became a tropical storm on October 20th then, on the
22nd, explosive intensification occurred as she grew from
a tropical storm to a category 5 hurricane. In just 24
hours, her 1-minute sustained winds increased 120 mph.
On the 23rd, she achieved record peak intensity with
staggering 1-minute sustained winds of 215 mph, a world
record. In all, 8 were killed and an estimated $407.4
damage resulted.


In 1987, thirteen cities in the southeast United States
set record lows for the date. Cities that chilled out
that morning included Columbia South Carolina, where the
Mercury plunged to 27 degrees, and Augusta Georgia, where
the low fell to 28.

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