On this date in 1917, 70,000 people gathered at Fatima, Portugal, to witness a miracle. As noted in a previous column, they testified the sun became detached from the sky, rolling right and left as if it were falling upon the Earth. Lucia Santos and her two cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, testified that five months earlier the Virgin Mary appeared to the three young children, the only ones to witness her that day. During this solar phenomena, Father Ignatius Pereira, who was 9 at the time, reported objects around them reflected colors of the rainbow. After 10 minutes, the sun returned to its original location, but without brilliance. Monsignor Quareman said what appeared to be white flower petals fell and disappeared before landing.
A 10 percent chance of showers before 1 p.m. Mostly sunny, high near 85. Northwesterly winds 5 mph to 10 mph. Tonight: Clear, low about 54. Northerly winds 5 mph.