December 18

From NWS
1976
: An abnormally cold December was interrupted by unseasonably warm weather on the 18th, particularly across about the southwestern third of Iowa where most locations climbed into the 60s. Many stations established daily records including Des Moines with a high of 64 F and Logan where the high of 72 F was only two degrees shy of the all-time state December record, which was set a full 12 days earlier in 1939. Other reported high temperatures included 64 F at Indianola and Mapleton, 65 F at Oakland, 66 F at Glenwood, Greenfield, and Jefferson, and 67 F at Sidney.

 This Day in National/World Weather History …
 18 December 1944 → The ships of the US Navy Task Force 38, seven fleet and six light carriers, eight battleships, 15 cruisers, and about 50 destroyers were operating about 300 miles east of Luzon in the Philippine Sea. A small but violent typhoon overtook the task force with relatively little warning. Many of the ships were caught near the center of the storm and buffeted by extreme seas and hurricane force winds. Three destroyers capsized and went down with practically all hands, while a cruiser, five aircraft carriers, and three destroyers suffered serious damage. Approximately 790 men were lost or killed. Fires occurred in three carriers when planes broke loose in their hangars and 146 planes on various ships were lost or damaged beyond economical repair by fires, impact damage, or by being swept overboard.
 18 December 1957 → An unusually late tornado outbreak for the time of year for so far north struck Missouri and Illinois. 18 tornadoes were rated F2 or greater. An F4 ripped through Jackson, Williamson, and Franklin counties in Illinois. Murphysboro was hard hit with 10 people killed. Sunfield, IL vanished completely as an F5 tornado swept it clean.
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This post was written by Schnack on December 18, 2012

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