Sometimes September surprises us with the weather. Over the past few days, temperatures have reached into the 90s throughout our region. And according to Accuweather, starting tomorrow temperatures will be more autumn like with temps in the mid 60s during the day and 40s overnight.  

In September 1956, another form of extreme weather hit our area.  A wave of subfreezing temperatures brought a “funnel shaped twister” to Archbald in the evening of September 17. People living the area of the 200 and 300 blocks of Laurel Street and the 300 block of Cherry Street reported seeing the twister. Most of the damage was centered on the 300 block of Laurel with toppled trees.

A few days later on September 23, 1956, a strong electrical storm brought destruction to downtown Scranton.

Twenty tons of wood and steel crashed to the ground on September 23, 1956 at the height of wind and rain storm that lashed Scranton. A sign toppled from the roof of a building at the corner of Penn Ave and Lackawanna Ave during the storm. No was injured by the falling debris but a car riding past when it fell was showered with flying bricks. Scranton Police Lt. Chester Cimini can be seen surveying the damage. Times-Tribune Archives


Irving Grossbard, owner of dry good store at 333 South Main Ave., examines the damage to an awning on his business. The awning was damaged during a violent electrical storm that struck the area on September 23, 1956. The heavy winds which accompanied the pelting rain and electrial display hit with such force that metal rod supporting the canvas bent. The storm caused hevay property damage and caused power outages to hundreds of customers of Pennsylvania Power & Light. Times-Tribune Archives


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Sept 21 – Cheerleading 

Sept 14 – An Imperial Stallion in Scranton 

Aug 24 – History of the 1900 block of N. Main Ave

Aug 10 – Bike Race

Aug 3 – Hanging out by the pool

July 27 – Watermelons

July 20 – Do you remember Arlans?

July 13 – Dream Games

July 6 – Parade of Little Tots

June 29 – Girl Scouts Roundup

June 22 – Now Pitching

June 15 – Tonight at Tink’s

June 8 – Celebration

June 1 – Burning up the charts

May 25 – Psycho