Tropical Storm Barry was a rapidly forming tropical cyclone that made
landfall on Florida in early June. The second Atlantic named storm of
the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, Barry developed from a trough of
low pressure in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on June 1. It tracked
rapidly northeastward, reaching peak winds of 60 mph (95 km/h) before
weakening and making landfall near Tampa Bay as a tropical depression.
Barry quickly lost tropical characteristics after wind shear removed
much of the convection, and early on June 3 it completed the transition
into an extratropical cyclone. The extratropical remnants tracked up
the East Coast of the United States, and were absorbed by a larger
extratropical cyclone on June 5. The precursor trough produced heavy
rainfall across the western Caribbean Sea, which on Cuba unofficially
reached over 7.8 inches (200 mm). Outer rainbands in Pinar del Río
Province injured three and damaged 55 houses. In Florida, Barry dropped
moderate precipitation across the drought-ridden state that peaked at
6.99 inches (178 mm). The rainfall caused some flooding and wet roads,
which led to two indirect traffic fatalities. Rough seas killed one
surfer in Pinellas County. In Florida and Georgia, the precipitation
assisted firefighters in combating severe wildfires. Overall damage
from the storm was minor.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The Marriage of Figaro, an opera buffa composed by Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart, premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland first issued the Penny
Black, the first official adhesive postage stamp.
The original Chicago Board of Trade Building opened for business.
The World's Columbian Exposition, a World's Fair to celebrate the 400th
anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of the New World, opened
The American Asiatic Squadron under Commodore George Dewey defeated the
Spanish Pacific Squadron under Admiral Patricio Montojo at the Battle
of Manila Bay, the first engagement of the Spanish–American War.
New York City's Empire State Building , at the time the tallest
building in the world, opened.
A doctor in Japan reported an "epidemic of an unknown disease of the
central nervous system", marking the official discovery of Minamata
Wiktionary's word of the day:
An expression used by aircraft and shipping to call for help or
Wikiquote quote of the day:
When an angel by divine command
With rising tempests shakes a guilty land,
Such as of late o'er pale
Calm and serene he drives the furious blast;
And, pleas'd th'
Almighty's orders to perform,
Rides in the whirlwind, and directs the storm.