The 1995 Pacific hurricane season, running roughly from May to November,
was the least active one since 1979. Of the eleven tropical cyclones
that formed, four affected land, all in Mexico: Hurricane Flossie killed
seven people around Baja California, Tropical Storm Gil dropped heavy
rainfall in Southern Mexico, Hurricane Henriette caused moderate damage
near Cabo San Lucas, and Ismael struck the state of Sinaloa as a minimal
hurricane, killing at least 116 people. The strongest hurricane of the
season was Hurricane Juliette, which reached peak winds of 150 mph
(240 km/h) but did not significantly affect land. Of eleven tropical
cyclones, including Tropical Depression Erick and Tropical Storm Flossie
(both pictured, with Erick to the left), ten became tropical storms.
Seven storms attained hurricane status, of which three acquired major
hurricane status. The number of tropical storms was much less than the
average of 16 storms, with a slightly below average number of hurricanes
and major hurricanes.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1995_Pacific_hurricane_season>
Today's selected anniversaries:
A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before
Christmas, was first published anonymously. Authorship was later
attributed to Clement Clarke Moore.
The Great Powers convened the Constantinople Conference to
discuss political reforms both in Bosnia and in the Ottoman territories
with a majority Bulgarian population.
First World War: Allied forces gained a strategic victory in
the Battle of Magdhaba, located in the Sinai Peninsula.
The Tokyo Tower (pictured), the tallest self-supporting steel
structure in the world at 332.5 metres (1,091 ft), opened.
A monsoonal trough brought torrential rain to Queensland,
causing massive flooding that killed 38 people and caused A$2.38 billion
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. Something which, or someone who, survives or remains after the loss of
others (compare relic).
2. (archaic) The surviving member of a married couple; a widow or widower.
3. (biology, ecology) A species, organism or ecosystem which was once
widespread but which is now found only in a few areas: some think the
Loch Ness monster is a relict from the age of dinosaurs.
4. (geology) A structure or other feature which has survived from a
previous age: dark rims are a relict of a primary interaction between
basalt and seawater.
5. (linguistics) A word or language which survives as an archaicism.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
All I'm saying is, if you celebrate Festivus, you may live a
little longer. You are getting back to the essentials, to the days of
gods on mountaintops and howling wolves. Because you are saying the
holidays are in the heart, a celebration of being alive with our fellow
humans. For that purpose, an aluminum pole will do just as well as
anything else — as long as it's not stuck in the wrong place.
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