On this date in weather history - December 17th

Published On: Dec 17 2012 05:40:17 PM EST
Updated On: Dec 18 2012 04:18:31 PM EST
MIAMI -

On this date, a major blow to the U.S. Third Fleet occurred on this date in 1945 as a typhoon moved into the Philippine Sea where the fleet was positioned. Wind gusts to 142 mph and extremely high seas destroyed 146 aircraft and three destroyers. The storm also took the lives of 80 sailors.

SUNDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:
   HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................86 Weslaco, Texas
   HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................88 Port Isabel, Texas
   LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-11 Presque Isle, Maine
   LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-61 Deadhorse, Alaska
   HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................64 Newport Airport, Ore.
   HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.79 Houston, Texas
 

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