Hurricanes in History
Hurricane Dennis made landfall on the panhandle of Florida on July 10, 2005. Projected to be a Category 2 Hurricane it increased in strength to become a Category 4 after skirting to the west of Key West. Dennis was the fourth named storm and second hurricane of the season. One of the earliest and strongest Atlantic storms, Dennis was quickly surpassed by Hurricane Emily later that month.
Waiting for Hurricane Sandy
The non-emergency staff here at the National Archives have the day off, in fact the entire Federal Government in our region is closed. We’re hunkered down at home waiting for Hurricane Sandy to hit the Washington, DC area. Hoping trucks like these are not in our future — or yours. Stay safe and we’ll see you after the storm!
- The Today’s Document Team
[Severe Storms and Flooding] Methuen, MA, May 19, 2006 — Electric trucks work throughout neighborhoods impacted by recent heavy rain. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA, 05/19/2006
The 1955 Great Plains Tornado Outbreak
On May 25-26, 1955 seven states were hit by at least 46 tornadoes. Two F5 tornadoes touched down in Blackwell, Oklahoma and Udall, Kansas.
Left: Tornado damage. Blackwell, Oklahoma, 05/25/1955
Right: Car wrapped around large tree by tornado. Udall, Kansas, 05/25/1955
On this day 141 years ago, the forerunner of today’s National Weather Service – the Signal Service Corps’ Division of Telegrams and Reports for the Benefit of Commerce – made its first meteorological observations and reports and the weather hasn’t been the same since.
“Weather” you like singing in the rain, chasing storms, or checking the daily barometric pressure, the National Archives has weather records for you. This Tag It Tuesday we invite you to join us for a flurry of tagging our weather related records in honor of those first weather reporters.
We forecast that you’ll have a great time tagging our weather related records. Here are a few images from our holdings to get you started!