The tropical wave started off Africa’s west coast in early October. It took its time, perhaps two weeks, to make the 4,500-mile trek to the warm waters of the Caribbean. The turbulence it stirred didn’t catch the attention of weather watchers like Jeff Masters until Oct. 15.
In the early 1970s, a U.S. group known as the Weather Underground detonated small bombs at the Pentagon, the State Department, and the Capitol to protest the Vietnam War. They gave advance warning to avoid casualties.