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York County weather forecasts before, during and after Tropical Storm Agnes’ wrath

The scene shows the Princess Street Bridge in York looking from the College Avenue Bridge after Tropical Storm Agnes struck in June 1972. It appears on the wall of the Indian Rock Dam office. The storm flooded York County – and much of Pennsylvania – 40 years ago this week. Check out these photos and stories about what bad weather has brought to York County over its history

This week is the 40th anniversary of Tropical Storm Agnes, which locally left four people dead, one missing, 111 families displaced, 2,200 city buildings damaged and cost York $10 million.

Looking back, in June 1972, a staff member – or maybe more than one staffer – of the York Daily Record had the job of putting a brief weather forecast on the newspaper’s front page.

So, as Tropical Storm Agnes raged north, causing evacuations of the Florida panhandle, in the week of June 18, the forecasts began:

The weather

The York Daily Record tells the outcome of the storm’s wrath on June 23, 1972.

Monday, June 19
Cloudy, chance  of rain. High in mid 1970s.

Tuesday, June 20
Rain developing. High in the 70s.

Wednesday, June 21

Rain. High in the 70s.

Thursday, June, June 22
(Flooding hit county. This forecast was notched into a photograph to ensure it got on the front page.)

Rain. High in the 70s.

Friday, June 23
(Flooding claims at least 5 lives)

Rain probability down to 20%

Saturday, June 24

(Evacuations pervasive in county.)
Flood warnings, showers likely.

Monday, June 26
No weather given.

For those writing the forecasts as rain pounded down and flood waters rose, it was business as usual. Perhaps by Monday, someone had suggested that the forecast writers might just give it a rest.

Also of interest:

Look, you cannot resist viewing these best images by York Daily Record photographers.

Tropical Storm Agnes savaged York County with more than 15 inches of rain

A tree, seen in Shenks Ferry in 2004, notes Tropical Storm Agnes’ legacy from 1972 and the high-water marks for other Susquehanna floods.