The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season was the first since 1968 with no
hurricanes of Category 2 or higher. The first storm of the season,
Tropical Storm Andrea, developed on June 5, and the last, unnamed,
dissipated on December 7. Humberto and Ingrid were the only two
hurricanes, the lowest seasonal total since 1982. Andrea killed four
people after making landfall in Florida and moving up the U.S. East
Coast. In early July, Tropical Storm Chantal moved through the Leeward
Islands, causing one fatality, but minimal damage overall. Tropical
storms Dorian and Erin and Hurricane Humberto brought only squally
weather to the Cape Verde Islands. Mexico, where Hurricane Ingrid,
Tropical Depression Eight, and tropical storms Barry and Fernand all
made landfall, was the hardest hit; Ingrid alone caused at least
23 deaths and $1.5 billion worth of damage. In early October, Tropical
Storm Karen brought showers and gusty winds to the central U.S. Gulf
Coast. All major forecasting agencies had predicted an above-average
season, but an unexpected weakening of the Gulf Stream and other
thermohaline currents prolonged the spring weather pattern over the
Atlantic Ocean, suppressing tropical storm formation.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Bulgarian forces led by Khan Krum defeated the Byzantines at the
Battle of Pliska, annihilating almost the whole army and killing
Byzantine Emperor Nikephoros I.
French and Indian War: Rather than defend Fort Carillon near
present-day Ticonderoga, New York, from an approaching 11,000-man
British force, French Brigadier General François-Charles de Bourlamaque
withdrew his troops and attempted to blow the fort up.
Richard Wagner's opera Parsifal, loosely based on Wolfram von
Eschenbach's epic poem Parzival about Arthurian knight Percival and his
quest for the Holy Grail, officially premiered at the Festspielhaus in
Bayreuth, Bavaria (present-day Germany).
The Labour Party won the United Kingdom general election of
July 5 by a landslide, replacing Winston Churchill as Prime Minister
with Clement Attlee.
U.S. President George H. W. Bush signed into law the Americans
with Disabilities Act, a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits,
under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
A condition of extreme drowsiness or apathy.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
This whole creation is essentially subjective, and the dream is
the theater where the dreamer is at once scene, actor, prompter, stage
manager, author, audience, and critic.
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