Friday, November 11, 2011


Today's one of those unique dates that only come around once every century where the date and time will be exactly the same for two perfectly palindromic seconds in the day – one second in the AM and one second in the PM.

At 11:11:11 on 11-11-11, the date/time will be all "1's." Pretty cool, right?! Like I said, this phenomenon only happens once a century. The last time this phenomenon occurred was November 11, 1911. That was the day of what is now known as "The Great Blue Norther" which was a cold snap that affected much of the central United States. Many cities broke record high temperatures early that afternoon, but by nightfall these same cities were dealing with single-digit temperatures. This is the only day in many Midwest cities' histories where the record high AND low temperatures were broken in the same day.

Temperatures in Kansas City had reached a record high temperature of 76°F (24°C) by late morning before this cold front moved through. By midnight, however, the temperature had plummeted to 11°F (-11.7°C – a 65° difference) in only 14 hours. In Springfield, Missouri, the temperature difference was even more extreme. Springfield was at 80°F (26.7°C) before the cold front moved through, but two hours later, the temperature was 40°F (4.4°C).

Well, just be aware that at 11:11 (and 11 seconds) something truly unique will be occurring. If you blink, you'll miss it! And if you're old enough to be reading this, you'll undoubtedly be dead the next time this phenomenon rolls around (November 11, 2111). Who knows, the Second Coming might've happened by then.


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