On this date in weather history - January 17th

By Trent Aric, Meteorologist, taric@local10.com
Published On: Jan 17 2013 06:09:42 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 18 2013 06:50:52 PM EST
MIAMI -

On this date, the atmospheric phenomenon known as the "green flash" was first documented on this date in 1837 by Captain Back of the H.M.S Terror as he navigated the arctic. He reported seeing "the upper limb of the sun, as it filled a triangular cleft on the ridge of the headland, of the most brilliant emerald color, a phenomenon which I had not witnessed before in these regions."

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:
   HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................82 Cocoa Beach, Fla.
   HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................84 Melbourne, Fla.
   LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-20 Kremmling, Colo.
   LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-61 Kuparuk, Alaska
   HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................94 Mt. Washington, N.H.
   HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.96 Jonesville, Va.
   ON THIS DATE....... The atmospheric phenomenon known as the "green flash" was first documented on this date in 1837 by Captain Back of the H.M.S Terror as he navigated the arctic. He reported seeing "the upper limb of the sun, as it filled a triangular cleft on the ridge of the headland, of the most brilliant emerald color, a phenomenon which I had not witnessed before in these regions."

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