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HEAT RECORD SET IN PORTLAND, OREGON

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PORTLAND, Ore. — A new heat record was broken Sunday,
July 31 in Portland. The last time was 40 years ago.

The temperature bypassed 95 degrees for the seventh consecutive day.

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A REMINDER FROM THE PDX RETRO BLOG

1,458 Groundhogs Day Illustrations & Clip Art - iStock

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Groundhog Day on February 2 is when we ask are we in for six
more weeks of Winter?  Only a groundhog named Punxsutawney
Phil knows for sure. Each year on Groundhog Day, people flock
to Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to await the
forecast of the local rodent celebrity. Originating with German
settlers, who came to Pennsylvania in the 1700s and brought
their seasonal superstitions with them, legend has it that if Phil
sees his shadow on February 2, the winter chill will continue.

Oddly, if the weather is cloudy and he doesn’t see his shadow,
we can expect warmer temperatures and early spring. Groundhog
Day is a tradition to be cherished. And yes, it is also a 1993 film
starring Bill Murray (below).

Go hog wild! Plan a Groundhog Day celebration worth repeating | The  Spokesman-Review

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PLANE CRASHED INTO POTOMAC RIVER IN 1982

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On January 13, 1982, an Air Florida Boeing 737-222 plunged into
the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., killing 78 people. The
crash, caused by bad weather, took place only two miles from
the
White House.

The Air Florida flight took off from Washington National Airport
in Arlington,
Virginia, with 74 passengers and 5 crew members
on board. The plane had flown into Washington from Miami in
the early afternoon and was supposed to return to Ft. Lauderdale,
Florida, after a short stop.

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THE FIRST GROUNDHOG DAY WAS IN 1887

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On February 2, 1887,
Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist,
was celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney,
Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its
hole on this day and sees its shadow, it gets scared and runs back into
its burrow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow
means an early spring.

Groundhog Day has its roots in the ancient Christian tradition called
Candlemas, when clergy would bless and distribute candles needed
for winter. The candles represented how long and cold the winter
would be. Germans expanded on this concept by selecting an animal–
the hedgehog–as a means of predicting weather. Once they came to
America, German settlers in Pennsylvania continued the tradition,
although they switched from hedgehogs to groundhogs, which were
plentiful in the Keystone State.

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IT WAS ON THIS DAY IN 1962 ~

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The Columbus Day Storm of 1962 (also known as the Big Blow, and originally as Typhoon Freda) was a Pacific Northwest windstorm
that struck the West Coast of Canada and the Pacific Northwest
coast of the United States on Friday October 12, 1962. 
    
 

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Scoreboard at Gresham High School in Gresham, Oregon.

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A car flattened by a brick wall at NW 3rd and Everett St. in Portland, Oregon.

Peak gusts during Columbus Day Storm

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