2006: Cyclone Vaianu reached peak intensity near Tonga.
2007: The Valentine's Day Storm hit its peak over the eastern half of North America. Up to 48 in (120 cm) of snow fell in Vermont and 37 people were killed. The storm system also spawned a small tornado outbreak, killing one person near New Orleans.
2011: Cyclone Bingiza made landfall in northeastern Madagascar, killing 22 people.
2009: Cyclone Innis formed near Vanuatu.
1962: Severe flooding began overnight on the north shore of Germany, particularly in Hamburg, killing more than 300 people.
2005: Cyclone Olaf struck areas of American Samoa, causing severe damage.
1959: Vanguard 2, the first weather satellite, was launched, carrying a device to measure daytime cloud cover.
2003: A large snow storm dropped 15 inches (38 cm) - 30 inches (76 cm) of snow from Washington, D.C. to Boston.
2010: An avalanche killed 110 people in the Kohistan District, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan
1972: Mount Rainier finished the snowiest one-year period ever recorded. From February 19, 1971 to February 18, 1972, 102 feet (33.1 meters) of snow fell near the summit.
2003: The "White Juan" blizzard caused record snowfall over the eastern provinces of Canada.
1884: The Enigma tornado outbreak began, so named because records detailing the outbreak are very scarce. It may have been the worst tornado outbreak in United States history, producing at least 60 tornadoes, $60 million (2006 USD) in damage, and killing hundreds, perhaps more than 1000 people.
2012: An avalanche at Stevens Pass, Washington caught a group of people, including some of the best free skiers and snowboarders in the country, killing three.
2015: Cyclone Lam and Cyclone Marcia, both severe tropical cyclones, struck Northern Territory and Queensland, Australia respectively on the same day.
John Park Finley (April 11, 1854 - November 24, 1943) was an American meteorologist and Army Signal Service officer who was the first person to study tornadoes intensively. He wrote the first known scientific book on the subject of tornadoes, as well as many other manuals and booklets. He was responsible for the first national network for reporting tornado touchdowns and outbreaks, and kept an archive of tornado reports from across the United States. He also collected vast climatological data, set up a nationwide weather observer network, started one of the first private weather enterprises, and opened an early aviation weather school.
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