And Mother Nature has a way of making mere mortals wish they hadn’t messed with her. For some reason, she has gotten particularly pissed off and revengeful on November 25 throughout history. Astrologers and conspiracy theorists will have their own explanations for it, but suffice it here to merely point out some particulars.Mother-Nature

On November 25, 1343, Neapolitans, annoyed the lady, and she replied with an earthquake in the Tyrrhenian Sea, which in turn created a tsunami. Bye bye Naples.

In 1667, 80,000 folks in Shemakha in the Caucasus irked her. They all died in an earthquake.

A few years later, she unleashed the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain. The Great Storm of 1703 battered England for two days with gusts of up to 120 mph, killing 9,000 people and a lot of badgers.

In 1759, she got back to earthquakes in earnest, hitting the Mediterranean with a dandy that destroyed Beirut and Damascus, killing 40,000 people.

In 1833, a massive undersea earthquake, with an estimated magnitude between 8.7-9.2 rocked Sumatra, producing a massive tsunami all along the Indonesian coast.

Barely resting, the provoked lady slammed India with a cyclone — complete with high winds and a 40-foot storm surge that swept inland, taking with it 20,000 ships and thousands of people. An estimated 300,000 died.

In 1926, the deadliest November tornado outbreak in U.S. history struck on Thanksgiving day. Twenty -seven powerful twisters sent roast turkeys swirling across the Midwest. One particularly strong (F4) tornado wiped out Heber Springs, Arkansas — turkeys, cranberries and all.

The “Storm of the Century” hit the eastern United States, killing hundreds and causing extensive damage, on November 25 in 1950. Also known as the “Appalachian Storm” because of record snow in parts of the Appalachian Mountains, it featured strong winds as well as heavy snow and broke records for both high and low temperatures.

In 1987, the Philippines felt her wrath as Typhoon Nina came calling with category 5 winds of 165 mph and a surge that destroyed entire villages. At least 1,036 deaths are attributed to the storm.

After a howling wind and rainstorm on Thanksgiving Day 1990, Washington state’s historic floating Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge crumbled and sank to the bottom of Lake Washington, between Seattle and its eastern suburbs.

Closing out the 20th century, the Baku Earthquake left 26 people dead in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Cyclone Nisha struck northern Sri Lanka on November 25, 2008, killing 15 people and displacing 90,000 others, and a year later, the devastating 2009 Saudi Arabian Floods swept away 122 people and left 350 others missing.

Today’s weather calls for . . .


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