The huge winter storm that came through the upper midwest last week recorded the lowest inland barometric pressure ever: the equivalent of a category 3 hurricane (like Katrina at landfall).
In fact, this storm bottomed out at 956 millibars, 5 points lower than Hurricane Georges – the big one that forced us to flee New Orleans for Hattiesburg in 1998.
Serendipity: I surfed to this fact this morning, and then saw it on a week-old Gongol post this evening. I’d started by listening to Gordon Lightfoot, which got me to look up the Edmund Fitzgerald on Wikipedia, which lead to the Great Storm of 1913 (who cares), and then to Great Storms of the North American Great Lakes, which listed Chiclone of 2010. When you see a word like that, you just have to know what it is.