On this date in weather history - March 17th

By Trent Aric - Meteorologist
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MIAMI - On this date, a ban on the word "tornado" was lifted on this date in 1952 after nearly 66 years. The ban was started by the Army in 1886 (the Army handled forecasting at that time), when it was determined that the harm done by predicting a tornado would be greater than that done by the tornado itself. On this date in 1952, the new Severe Local Storm Warning Center issued its first "tornado watch."
 

SUNDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:
   HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................91 Falfurrias, Texas
   HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................91 Alice, Texas
   LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-27 Crane Lake, Minn.
   LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-45 Mt. Washington, N.H.
   HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................78 Mt. Washington, N.H.
   HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.51 Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
  

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