The 1991 Atlantic hurricane season was the first season since 1984 in
which no hurricanes developed from tropical waves, which are the source
for most North Atlantic tropical cyclones. The most significant storm of
the season was Hurricane Bob (satellite image shown), which at the time
was among the ten costliest United States hurricanes. After brushing the
Outer Banks of North Carolina and Long Island in New York, the hurricane
made landfall on Rhode Island. It caused $1.5 billion in damage, mostly
in Massachusetts, and 17 fatalities. The strongest hurricane of the
season was Claudette, with reported peak winds of 135 mph (215 km/h)
near Bermuda. Hurricane Grace, the final named storm of the season,
contributed to the development of a powerful nor'easter known as the
Perfect Storm that caused $200 million in damage and 13 deaths from
Puerto Rico to Canada. The nor'easter later transitioned into a
hurricane over the Gulf Stream, finally dissipating over Nova Scotia on
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1991_Atlantic_hurricane_season>
Today's selected anniversaries:
The French frigate Méduse ran aground off the coast of
today's Mauritania, with the survivors escaping on a makeshift raft,
which was depicted in Théodore Géricault's painting The Raft of the
The first Walmart store, now the largest company in the world
by revenue, opened in Rogers, Arkansas, U.S.
More than a year after the end of the Vietnam War, North and
South Vietnam officially united under communist rule to form the
Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
The International Astronomical Union announced that the fourth
and fifth moons of Pluto would be named Kerberos and Styx respectively.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (transitive) To add a small amount of colour; to tint; (by extension)
to add a small amount of some other thing.
2. (transitive, figuratively) To affect or alter slightly, particularly
due to the actual or metaphorical influence of some element or thing.
3. (intransitive) To change slightly in shade due to the addition of
colour; (by extension) to change slightly in quality due to the addition
of some other thing.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Any knowledge that doesn't lead to new questions quickly dies
out: it fails to maintain the temperature required for sustaining life.
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