This day in weather history for October 24...

- In 1992...Three tornadoes touched down in the Flagstaff, AZ area. One twister tracked directly across the Crater National Monument.

- In 1997...A tremendous early season snowstorm pounded Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska from the 24th to the 26th with blizzard conditions, high winds and very heavy snowfalls. 21.9 inches of snow in Denver was the second-highest storm total in the city's history. 2-4 foot snowfall totals were common, particularly in the foothills west of Denver. 51 inches fell at Coal Creek Canyon. 20-30 inches fell around Boulder. 28 inches fell in Estes Park. The 17.4 inches at Hastings KS was more than it had ever snowed in any month of October. At least nine people died in the storm. Hundreds of miles of roads and interstates were closed and thousands of travelers were stranded at Denver International Airport. The storm damaged or destroyed 85% of the trees in Omaha NE. Scientists discovered a massive "blowdown" of 20,000 acres of spruce trees in north-central Colorado. Some 31-square miles of old-growth forests high in the Rockies were destroyed by unusual "mountain wave" clouds that blew 120-mph winds along the western side of the Continental Divide.

- In 1998...Mitch becomes a hurricane in the Caribbean south of Jamaica and begins to intensify rapidly. During a 24 hour period beginning on the afternoon of the 24th, its central pressure dropped 52 mb, to 924 mb.

 

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