Giant Snowflakes, Ungodly Water Spouts And Dead Alive: This Month In SF History

The Chronicle plucked some rare gems from the news archives today, giving us a fascinating look at this month in San Francisco history …

  • Dec. 9, 1932: “Snow! Astonished residents of San Francisco saw it come down in flakes the size of quarters – and pile up on the ground! … Flakes fell on Market Street, falling on the hurrying theater crowds and whitening the shoulders of newsboys.”
  • Dec 11, 1932: “A giant waterspout, more than 300 feet in height, which circled Hunters Point and finally collapsed with a roar like a cannon was the latest development in San Francisco's freak weather … A spiral of wind and rain dipped down out of a slate sky, hung suspended for a moment, then began sucking up water from the bay.”
  • Dec. 13, 1907: “It will be some time before George Curran forgets the gruesome experience that occurred to him last night at the morgue, when a man, to all appearances dead, jumped off the slab and embraced the astounded Curran in a fond embrace … The sound of the crash as the bodies tumbled to the floor brought an attendant, who, after some difficulty, managed to pry the energetic stranger loose from the unconscious Curran. The patient was hastened back to the hospital, where he was promptly pronounced extinct. No explanation was forthcoming about the phenomenon.”
  • — Brian Bernbaum

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