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This day marks the approximate midpoint of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and of spring in the Southern Hemisphere (starting the season at the September equinox).
1913 – The first day of the Great Lakes Storm of 1913, a massive blizzard that ultimately killed 250 and caused over $5 million (about $118,098,000 in 2013 dollars) damage. Winds reach hurricane force on this date.
|Convergence of systems to form the November gale|
|Formed||November 6, 1913|
|Dissipated||November 11, 1913|
|Lowest pressure||968.5 mb (28.60 inches)|
|Maximum snowfall or ice accretion||24 in (61 cm) of snow recorded in some areas|
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|Areas affected||The Great Lakes Basin in the Midwestern United States and the Canadian province of Ontario|
The storm, an extratropical cyclone, originated as the convergence of two major storm fronts, fueled by the lakes' relatively warm waters—a seasonal process called a "November gale". It produced 90 mph (140 km/h) wind gusts, waves over 35 feet (11 m) high, and whiteoutsnowsqualls. Analysis of the storm and its impact on humans, engineering structures, and the landscape led to better forecasting and faster responses to storm warnings, stronger construction (especially of marine vessels), and improved preparedness.