During the 1911 Atlantic hurricane season, a below-average number of
six known tropical cyclones formed in the Atlantic during the summer
and fall months. Three non-developing tropical depressions are also
thought to have existed, including one that began the season in
February and one that ended the season when it dissipated in December.
Half of the officially recognized storms intensified into hurricanes,
of which two attained Category 2 status on the modern-day
Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale. Most of the cyclones directly impacted
land. A westward-moving hurricane made landfall south of Savannah,
Georgia on August 28, killing 17 people and leaving severe damage in
and around Charleston, South Carolina. Two weeks earlier, the
Pensacola, Florida, area had suffered from a storm in the Gulf of
Mexico that produced winds of 80 mph (130 km/h) over land. The fourth
storm of the season struck the coast of Nicaragua, killing 10 people
and inflicting extensive damage. Given the relative lack of real-time
observations at the time, storm data is based largely on re-analyzing
the Atlantic hurricane database.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Pedro Menéndez de Avilés founded St. Augustine in Spanish Florida, the
oldest continually occupied European settlement in the continental
Austria reconquered the Republic of San Marco , an Italian
revolutionary state that had declared its independence 17 months
In the first naval battle of World War I, British ships defeated the
German fleet in the Heligoland Bight area of the North Sea.
An unsuccessful insurrection against the Soviet rule in the Georgian
Soviet Socialist Republic, known as the August Uprising, began.
U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond began a filibuster against the Civil Rights
Act of 1957 that lasted for 24 hours and 18 minutes, the longest one
ever by a single Senator.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
The tendency to interpret a vague stimulus as something meaningful; for
example, seeing shapes in clouds
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The ironist is not bitter, he does not seek to undercut everything that
seems worthy or serious, he scorns the cheap scoring-off of the
wisecracker. He stands, so to speak, somewhat at one side, observes and
speaks with a moderation which is occasionally embellished with a flash
of controlled exaggeration. He speaks from a certain depth, and thus he
is not of the same nature as the wit, who so often speaks from the
tongue and no deeper. The wit's desire is to be funny; the ironist is
only funny as a secondary achievement.
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