WX History: January 4th

1641: According to historical records, Mount Parker, a stratovolcano on Mindanao Island in the Philippines erupted on this day. The eruption caused the formation of a crater lake called Lake Maughan.  

Source: The Smithsonian Institution’s Global Volcanism Program.

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The image above is courtesy of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

1917: A tornado with estimated F3 damage cut a 15-mile path and struck a school at Vireton in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, killing 16 people. It ranks as the 4th worst school tornado disaster in U.S. history.

Source: Texas History.

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The article above is from the Sweetwater Daily Reporter in Sweetwater, Texas. This article was published on January 10, 1917.

1997: The temperature rose to 61 degrees in Flint and Detroit, Michigan. The normal high temperature for January 4 is only 30 degrees!

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