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(Ref. AccWeather Weather History) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- AccuWeather.com Forums _ Your Weather Stories / Historical Storms _ Today in Weather History Posted by: BriSr Aug 1 2008, 01:29 PM August 1 MN History 1955 A thunderstorm in Becker County dumped a foot of rain at Callaway. U.S History # 1954 - Mount Rainier in Washington State was still covered with sixteen inches of snow at the 5500 foot level following a big snow season. (David Ludlum) # 1985 - A nearly stationary thunderstorm deluged Cheyenne, WY, with rain and hail. Six inches of rain fell in six hours producing the most damaging flash flood of record for the state. Two to five feet of hail covered the ground following the storm, which claimed twelve lives, and caused 65 million dollars property damage. (Storm Data) # 1986 - A powerful thunderstorm produced 100 mph winds and large hail in eastern Kansas and southwestern Missouri causing 71 million dollars damage, and injuring nineteen persons. It was one of the worst thunderstorms of record for Kansas. Crops were mowed to the ground in places and roofs blown off buildings along its path, 150 miles long and 30 miles wide, from near Abilene to southeast of Pittsburg. (The Weather Channel) # 1987 - Record heat gripped parts of the Midwest. A dozen cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including Lincoln, NE, with a reading of 105 degrees, Moline, IL, with an afternoon high of 103 degrees, and Burlington, IA, with a reading of 102 degrees. (The National Weather Summary) # 1988 - Two dozen cities in the Upper Midwest reported record high temperatures for the date, including La Crosse WI with a reading of 105 degrees. Highs of 103 degrees at Milwaukee, WI, and South Bend, IN, were records for the month of August. (The National Weather Summary) # 1989 - Hurricane Chantal made landfall along the Upper Texas coast about sunrise. Chantal deluged parts of Galveston Island and southeastern Texas with 8 to 12 inches of rain. Unofficial totals ranged up to twenty inches. Winds gusted to 82 mph at Galveston, and reached 76 mph in the Houston area. Tides were 5 to 7 feet high. The hurricane claimed two lives, and caused 100 million dollars damage. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) ...and more History # 1812 - Tornado struck parts of Westchester County NY. The same storm today would have caused major destruction. # 1917 - 80 forest fires are ignited in Trinity County, California when an electrical storm produces hundreds of lightning bolts over a small area which was tinder-box dry from severe drought. # 1940 - A major hurricane affected parts of Georgia and South Carolina. Flooding in inland areas was reportedly the greatest since 1607. # 1972 - First of 25 days without measurable rain in Philadelphia, PA. # 1978 - July 31-August 4: Over 35 inches of rain fell in the Hill Country northwest of San Antonio, TX as the remnants of Tropical Storm Amelia stalled across the area after moving inland. Major flash flooding resulted. # 1983 - Andrews AFB MD records a wind gust to 149 mph in a microburst that occurred just ten minutes after Air Force One had landed with President Reagan aboard. Such microbursts have been the cause of terrible plane crashes. # 1993 - The Great Midwest Flood continues: Flood stage reaches 49.58 feet in St. Louis, breaking the record set just days earlier. A fast-food restaurant moored along the waterfront breaks away and floats down the Mississippi River where it slams into the Interstate 55-70 bridge. # 1993 - 98 in San Francisco for the hottest day ever there. # 1997 - Earliest date in summer that a temperature reading below 50 degrees had ever been recorded at at Asheville, N.C when the temperature dropped to 49 degrees. The previous earliest was August 5, 1985. Posted by: BriSr Aug 3 2008, 04:37 PM August 3 MN History 1896 Violent hailstorm destroys two thirds of crops in Swift County. U.S. History # 1885 - A tornado hit Philadelphia and Camden along its eight mile path. (David Ludlum) # 1970 - Hurricane Celia struck the coast of Texas producing wind gusts to 161 mph at Corpus Christi, and estimated wind gusts of 180 mph at Arkansas Pass. The hurricane was the most destructive of record along the Texas coast causing 454 million dollars damage, and also claimed eleven lives. (David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel) # 1987 - A severe thunderstorm moved across Cheyenne, WY, during the mid afternoon. The thunderstorm produced hailstones up to two inches in diameter causing more than 37 million dollars damage. The eastern U.S. sweltered in the heat. A dozen cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including Paducah KY with a reading of 102 degrees. Beckley WV established an all- time record with an afternoon high of 93 degrees. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary) # 1988 - Thunderstorms developing ahead of a slow moving cold front produced severe weather from the Central High Plains to the Upper Great Lakes Region. Thunderstorms around Fort Collins, CO, produced wind gusts to 74 mph along with marble size hail. Sixteen persons were injured in the storm, most of whom were accidentlly locked out of their office building, having evacuated it when the fire alarm went off, apparently triggered by lightning. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary) # 1989 - Thunderstorms representing what remained of Hurricane Chantal drenched Wichita, KS, with 2.20 inches of rain in four hours during the early morning. Thunderstorms developing in Minnesota produced wind gusts to 85 mph at Baudette during the afternoon, and softball size hail at Lake Kabetogama, during the evening. Jamestown, ND, reported a record hot afternoon high of 103 degrees. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary) ...and more History # 1898 - 5.84 inches of rain fell in just two hours at Philadelphia. The hydraulic pressure in the city sewers caused by the force of the accumulated runoff created overflows via toilets, basins, and sinks to rise to second floor levels in some cases. # 1960 - Who says lightning doesn't strike twice? A home in Wauponsee Township, Illinois was struck around 7PM and then struck again around 11PM. There was significant damage to the roof, wiring and appliances in the house. # 1964 - Muskegon, MI recorded its hottest day ever on this date with a reading of 99 degrees. # 1979 - 6 inches of rain at fell Everman, TX causing the Litter Bugger Creek to overflow. Several homes were flooded as a result. # 1980 - 12 inches of rain fell in 6 hours at Buffalo, N.Y. # 1987 - $37 million in damage from 2 inch hail at Cheyenne Wyoming. 12 people were killed and 70 injured, making it the greatest hailstorm ever to strike the city. The hail drifted into 5 foot deep piles. # 1993 - Great Mississippi River Flood of 1993: Workers desperate to save the historic town of Prarier du Rocher IL deliberately break at 1000 foot hole in a levee near the town to divert water headed toward the town from a levee break upstream. The quick action worked, saving the town. # 1994 - 93 at Fairbanks AK for their hottest ever August temperature. # 1995 - On this date, Hurricane Erin was nearing the coast of the Florida Panhandle. The hurricane had emerged into the Gulf Mexico the previous day after crossing the Florida Peninsula. By early morning, Erin's sustained winds reached 100mph in a small area near its center. A 98-mph wind gust was observed at Mary Esther Field and Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The storm came ashore near Pensacola, Florida later that morning causing six fatalities and an estimated $700 million damage. The barrier island stretching from Pensacola Beach to Navarre Beach absorbed the brunt of the storm as it came ashore near Pensacola. Sustained winds of 94 mph and gusts up to 103 mph were measured at Pensacola during the height of the storm. Seven people were reported missing at sea. # 1995 - South Bend IN is deluged with 4.83 inches of rain in 24 hours to set their greatest daily rainfall record. Posted by: BriSr Aug 4 2008, 01:04 PM August 4 MN History 1898 Storms dump 4 and-a half inches of rain on Montevideo. U.S. History # 1882 - A vivid aurora was visible from Oregon to Maine, down the east coast as far as Mayport FL, and inland as far as Wellington KS. Observers at Louisville KY noted "merry dancers" across the sky, and observers at Saint Vincent, MN, noted it was probably the most brilliant ever seen at that location. (The Weather Channel) # 1930 - The temperature at Moorefield, WV, soared to 112 degrees to establish a state record, having reached 110 degrees the previous day. Widespread drought after April of that year caused some towns to haul water for domestic use, and many manufacturing plants were barely operational. (The Weather Channel) # 1961 - Spokane WA reached an all-time record high of 108 degrees. Kalispell, MT, set an all-time record with a reading of 105 degrees. (The Weather Channel) # 1980 - A record forty-two consecutive days of 100 degree heat finally came to an end at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. July 1980 proved to be the hottest month of record with a mean temperature of 92 degrees. There was just one day of rain in July, and there was no measurable rain in August. There were 18 more days of 100 degree heat in August, and four in September. Hot weather that summer contributed to the deaths of 1200 people nationally, and losses from the heat across the country were estimated at twenty billion dollars. (David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel) # 1987 - A cold front brought relief from the heat to a large part of the Midwest, while hot weather continued in the south central and eastern U.S. Morning thunderstorms in Nebraska deluged the town of Dalton with 8.71 inches of rain, along with hail three inches in diameter, which accumulated up to four feet deep near the town of Dix. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary) # 1988 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather from eastern Iowa to Lower Michigan during the afternoon and evening hours, producing golf ball size hail and spawning several tornadoes. A thunderstorm at Maquoketa, IA, produced wind gusts to 75 mph. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary) # 1989 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather from eastern Nebraska and northeastern Kansas to the Great Lakes Region, with 150 reports of large hail or damaging winds during the afternoon, evening, and nighttime hours. Thunderstorms produced tennis ball size hail at Claremont, MN, and wind gusts to 75 mph at Milwaukee, WI. Thunderstorms representing what once was Hurricane Chantal produced five inches of rain at Grant, MI, and deluged Chicago, IL, with more than three inches of rain in three hours. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary) ...and more History # 1666 - A violent hurricane raked the island of Guadeloupe. Every boat on its coast was dashed to bits, including a 17 ship fleet with 2000 troops that went down in the storm. The island's batteries, with walls 6 feet thick, were destroyed, and the large cannons washed away. # 1915 - 75 people died in flooding in Erie PA. Many streets were flooded and bridges washed away. # 1960 - -127 degrees F at Vostok Antarctica would remain the coldest temperature ever recorded on earth for many years, until 1983 when a reading of -128.6F was observed in the same location. # 1979 - Strong winds from a thunderstorm damaged a roller rink roof 50 miles NE of Waterloo, IA. A barn was destroyed and trees and power lines were downed. # 1990 - A total of 0.84 inches of rain in Casper, WY. The normal rainfall for all of August is 0.63 inches. # 1998 - Dallas saw its streak of 29 consecutive days with temperatures 100 degrees or hotter at DFW come to an end. It was the second longest streak of 100 degree plus days in the city's history. As impressive as it was, it was not even close to 42 straight days that saw 100 or higher in 1980 which was also broken on August 4th of that year. Posted by: BriSr Aug 5 2008, 12:19 PM August 5 MN History 1904 Detroit Lakes woman is hit by lightning. It melted her hairpins and steel in corset but does not kill her. U.S. History # 1843 - A spectacular cloudburst near Philadelphia turned the small creeks and streams entering the Delaware River into raging torrents. As much as sixteen inches of rain fell in just three hours. Flooding destroyed thirty-two county bridges, and caused nineteen deaths. It is believed that several small tornadoes accompanied the torrential rains, one of which upset and sank more than thirty barges on the Schuylkill River. (David Ludlum) # 1961 - The temperature at Ice Harbor Dam, WA, soared to 118 degrees to equal the state record established at Wahluke on the 24th of July in 1928. The afternoon high of 111 degrees at Havre, MT, was an all-time record for that location. (The Weather Channel) # 1987 - Severe thunderstorms raked eastern South Dakota. The thunderstorms spawned half a dozen tornadoes, produced softball size hail at Bowdle, and produced wind gusts to 90 mph south of Watertown. Hot weather continued in eastern Texas. Afternoon highs of 100 degrees at Houston and 106 degrees at Waco equalled records for the date. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1988 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather from Indiana and Lower Michigan to Pennsylvania and New York State during the day. Thunderstorms in Michigan produced wind gusts to 80 mph at Ashley, Hastings and Lennon. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1989 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather in Oklahoma, and from Iowa to the Upper Ohio Valley, with 216 reports of large hail or damaging winds between early Saturday morning and early Sunday morning. Thunderstorms moving across Iowa around sunrise produced extremely high winds which caused ten million dollars damage to crops in Carroll and Greene Counties. Thunderstorm winds at Jefferson IA reached 102 mph. Afternoon thunderstorms produced tennis ball size hail at Bay Mills, WI. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary) ...and more History # 1924 - Water temperature of 96 degrees is measured by a ship in the Persian Gulf. # 1959 - 24 hour rainfall record for Iowa is set with 16.70 inches in Decatur County August 5-6. # 1980 - 39 degrees on this date in Casper WY established new record low by 9 degrees. # 1983 - 2.89 inches inches of rain fell in 38 minutes at Denver CO. # 1989 - Winds gusted to 92 mph during a thunderstorm at Norfolk NE. Posted by: BriSr Aug 6 2008, 04:23 PM August 6 MN History 1866 Torrential rain dumps 10.30 inches at Sibley in 24 hours. Widespread flooding occurs washing out bridges and drowning many people. In Fillmore County it is known as the "Wisel Flood" because 3 members of the Wisel family perished in the flood. 1969 Tornadoes sweep across north, hitting Ely, Backus, Outing and Dark Lake. Damage could still be seen 20 years later in the BWCA. U.S. History # 1890 - Thunderstorms left four inches of hail covering the ground in Adair County and Union County in Iowa. The hail drifted into six foot mounds, and in some places remained on the ground for twenty- six days. (The Weather Channel) # 1918 - Unusually hot weather began to overspread the Atlantic Coast States, from the Carolinas to southern New England. The temperature soared to an all-time record high of 106 degrees at Washington DC, and Cumberland and Keedysville hit 109 degrees to establish a state record for Maryland. Temperatures were above normal east of the Rockies that month, with readings much above normal in the Lower Missouri Valley. Omaha NE reached 110 degrees. (David Ludlum) # 1959 - A bucket survey showed that thunderstorms dropped 16.70 inches of rain on parts of Decatur County IA. The total was accepted as Iowa's 24 hour rainfall record. (The Weather Channel) # 1986 - Evening thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 100 mph at Winner SD damaging two hundred homes. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1987 - Afternoon thunderstorms deluged Milwaukee, WI, with 6.84 inches of rain, including more than five inches in two hours, breaking all previous rainfall records for the city. Floodwaters were four feet deep at the Milwaukee County Stadium, and floodwaters filled the basement of the main terminal at the airport. Flooding caused 5.9 million dollars damage, and claimed the life of one person. Death Valley, CA, reported a morning low of 97 degrees. A midday thunderstorm deluged Birmingham AL with nearly six inches of rain in one hour. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1988 - Severe thunderstorms produced large hail and damaging winds in Pennsylvania and New York State. A cold front crossing the northwestern U.S. produced wind gusts to 66 mph at Livingston MT. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1989 - Thunderstorms developing ahead of a cold front produced severe weather from northwestern Texas to the Southern Appalachians, and in the northeastern U.S. There were 136 reports of large hail or damaging winds during the day and evening. Thunderstorms in the Southern Plains Region produced tennis ball size hail northwest of Buffalo OK, and wind gusts to 100 mph at Pampa TX. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary) ...and more History # 1881 - Smoke from Michigan forest fires created a yellow pall over the Northeast. Candles were necessary for light at noontime. # 1947 - 98 at Sault Ste. Marie MI sets their all-time record high temperature. # 1959 - Hurricane Dot crossed Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands. Winds gusted to 125 mph. Up to 9 inches of rain fell on the island of Hawaii. $2.7 million in losses just in cane crop. # 1979 - 100 degrees at Salt Lake City UT tied the record for the date. It was the 5th day of temperatures 100 degrees or hotter during the month. # 1992 - A firefighter in Sarasota County Florida was struck by lightning while fighting a fire that was caused by a lightning strike. He was knocked unconscious. # 1993 - Virginia experiences its worst tornado outbreak ever as 18 tornadoes rip through the state in 5 hours. In an average year, only six tornadoes are reported in the state and the worst outbreak prior to this date produced just ten twisters. The most devastating tornado caused severe damage in the historic part of Petersburg, then moved on to Pocahontas Island and into Colonial Heights. Here the storm ripped apart a WalMart store, killing three people and injuring nearly 200. The F4 twister was the first known violent tornado in Virginia history. It killed a total of 4 people and injured 246 along its 12 mile path. Total damages were nearly $50 million. Posted by: BriSr Aug 7 2008, 12:22 PM August 7 MN History 1863 Forest City observer sees what he calls a "perfect tornado." He noted that it "drove principally from west to east and lasted about one half hour." 1896 Final day of a massive heat wave with 104 at Le Sueur and Mazeppa. 1955 The climate record of George W. Richards of Maple Plain ends. He recorded weather data with lively notations on phenology and weather events. He began taking observations when he was eleven in 1883. He continued to take observations for 72 years, with 66 years as a National Weather Service Cooperator. 1968 7.09 inches of rain fell at Mankato. 1,200 homes had slight to heavy damage. Highways 169 and 22 were blocked by mud slides. U.S History # 1904 - A flash flood near Pueblo, CO, washed a train from the tracks killing 89 passengers. A bridge, weakened by the floodwaters sweeping through the valley below, gave way under the weight of the train dashing all but the sleeping cars into the torrent drowning the occupants. Rail service was frequently interrupted in the Rocky Mountain Region and southwestern U.S. that summer due to numerous heavy downpours, which washed out the railroad beds delaying trains as much as five days. (David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel) # 1918 - Philadelphia, PA, established an all-time record with a high of 106 degrees. New York City experienced its warmest day and night with a low of 82 degrees and a high of 102 degrees. Afternoon highs of 108 degrees at Flemington NJ and Somerville NJ established state records for the month of August. (The Weather Channel) (Sandra and TI Richard Sanders - 1987) # 1984 - El Paso, TX, normally receives 1.21 inches of rain in August. They got it in forty-five minutes, with four more inches to boot, during a storm which left Downtown El Paso under five feet of water. (The Weather Channel) # 1986 - A rare outbreak of seven tornadoes occurred in New England. One tornado carved its way through Cranston RI and Providence RI causing twenty injuries. Rhode Island had not reported a tornado in twelve years, and three touched down in 24 hours. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary) # 1987 - Morning thunderstorms drenched Goldsboro, NC, with 3.37 inches of rain. Late morning thunderstorms in Arizona produced dime size hail, wind gusts to 50 mph, and two inches of rain, at Sierra Vista. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1988 - A dozen cities in the central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, including Waco, TX, with a reading of 107 degrees. The record high of 88 degrees at Marquette, MI, was their twenty-third of the year. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin, with wind gusts to 81 mph reported at McCool, NE. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1989 - Forty cities in the central U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date, including Valentine, NE, with a reading of 40 degrees, and Belcourt ND with a low of 37 degrees. Martin SD was the cold spot in the nation with a morning low of 30 degrees. Unseasonably hot weather prevailed over Florida and Washington State, with record highs of 100 degress at Daytona Beach, FL, 101 degrees at Walla Walla, WA, and 103 degrees at Hanford, WA. (The National Weather Summary) ...and more History # 1975 - Miserable heat in the Big Apple. New York City swelters through its hottest day ever, with a high of 102 and a low of only 82. Philadelphia also set a record with 108. # 1979 - Not a very nice day in Spearfish, SD. Three different hailstorms occurred in the same afternoon. One produced baseball size hail and the other two produced hailstones to golfball size. # 1980 - 5 to 7 inches of rain fell across the North Concho River north of San Angelo Texas causing the River to rise 15 feet and nearly sweeping away several campers. # 1983 - 104.5 degrees at Thunder Bay, Ontario marks their hottest day of all time. # 1983 - An unusual westward moving cyclone crossed India to the Arabian Peninsula. Indian butterflies never seen before would miraculously appear a few days later in Abu Dhabi and Oman after being blown 625 miles by the storm. # 1989 - Phoenix sets a record with its 62nd consecutive plus 100 degree day. The record would be broken just four years later. # 1990 - Nome, AK observed its ninth thunderstorm of the year. Not very notable, unless you consider the fact that that number was more than the city had observed in the past twenty years combined. # 1991 - Norfolk VA measured 0.69 inches of rain in 12 minutes. # 1993 - Great Mississippi River Flood of 1993: Main flood crest reaches Cairo IL where the river is joined by the Ohio River. No serious flooding will occur further south because the river becomes wider and deeper. Posted by: BriSr Aug 8 2008, 12:38 PM August 8 U.S. History # 1878 - The temperature at Denver, CO, soars to an all-time record high of 105 degrees. (The Weather Channel) # 1881 - A cloudburst and flash flood occurred at Central Springs, CO, and Idaho Springs, CO. (David Ludlum) # 1882 - An August snowstorm was reported by a ship on Lake Michigan. A thick cloud reportedly burst on the decks covering them with snow and slush six inches deep. Snow showers were observed at shore points that day. (David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel) # 1983 - The temperature at Big Horn Basin, WY, reached 115 degrees to establish a state record. (The Weather Channel) # 1987 - Thunderstorm rains in eastern Nebraska sent the Wahoo River and Ithica River above flood stage. Thunderstorm rains in western Iowa sent the Nishnabotna River over flood stage. Up to seven inches of rain deluged the Council Bluffs area Friday evening and Saturday morning. Thunderstorms produced 4.4 inches of rain in three hours Friday evening, along with golf ball size hail. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1988 - Thunderstorms developing along a slow moving cold front produced severe weather from central Kansas to southern Wisconsin late in the day. Thunderstorms in Iowa produced hail three inches in diameter at Vinton, and produced wind gusts to 75 mph at Donohue and near Mount Pleasant. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1989 - A total of ninety-nine cities in the central and eastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date, including Alpena MI with a reading of 40 degrees. Mount Mitchell NC was the cold spot in the nation with a morning low of 35 degrees. Early evening thunderstorms around Las Vegas NV produced wind gusts to 116 mph. The high winds damaged or destroyed about eighty- two aircraft at Henderson Sky Harbor Airport and McCarran International Airport, causing fourteen million dollars damage. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary) ...and more History # 1829 - Major tornado affected areas of northern New York State. # 1898 - The official rain gauge at Fort Mohave AZ was blown over by the furious winds that accompanied a thunderstorm on this date. However, a wash tub was reported to have received 8 inches of rain during the 45 minute storm. # 1967 - Over ten inches of rain falls during a two week period to cause the Great Fairbanks Flood. $100 million in damage is the result. # 1979 - 13 people attending a fair in Marion OH near Columbus were injured by flying debris from a tornado. Posted by: BriSr Aug 9 2008, 01:17 PM August 9 MN History 1948 7.72 inches of rain at Mankato. U.S History # 1878 - The second most deadly tornado in New England history struck Wallingford CT killing 34 persons, injuring 100 others, and completely destroying thirty homes. The tornado started as a waterspout over a dam on the Quinnipiac River. It was 400 to 600 feet wide, and had a short path length of two miles. (The Weather Channel) # 1969 - A tornado hit Cincinnati OH killing four persons and causing fifteen million dollars property damage. The tornado moved in a southeasterly direction at 40 to 50 mph. (The Weather Channel) # 1987 - Florida baked in the summer heat. Nine cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including Jacksonville with a reading of 101 degrees. Miami FL reported a record high of 98 degrees. (The National Weather Summary) # 1988 - Tropical Storm Beryl deluged Biloxi with 6.32 inches of rain in 24 hours, and in three days drenched Pascagoula MS with 15.85 inches of rain. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in the Southern Plains Region and over the Central High Plains Region. Thunderstorms in Oklahoma produced wind gusts to 92 mph at Harrah. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1989 - Evening thunderstorms in Arizona deluged Yuma with record torrential rains for the second time in two weeks. The rainfall total of 5.25 inches at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot established a state 24 hour record, and was nearly double the normal annual rainfall. Some of the homes were left with four feet of water in them. Seventy-six cities in the south central and eastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. Lake Charles LA equaled their record for August with a low of 61 degrees. Canaan Valley WV was the cold spot in the nation with a low of 32 degrees. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) ...and more History # 1930 - Tennessee records it hottest temperature ever (113F) at Perryville. # 1976 - Hurricane Belle passes just off the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a category 3 storm heading northward. Hurricane warnings are extended to the coastal sections of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island where tides as high as 12-15 feet are expected. Fortunately, the hurricane weakened before landfall early the next morning near Jones Beach on Long Island. # 1979 - Major flooding on Lost Creek in West Virginia. Water up to 7 feet deep in the town of Clarksburg WV. # 1980 - Hurricane Allen threatens the Texas coast. Air Force reconnaissance measured a very low central pressure of 916mb. # 1980 - Severe lightning across West Virginia. Two people were struck on a golf course near Vienna WV. A person standing between the two victims was uninjured. 12 people were injured when lightning struck during a prayer service near Bluefield. # 1997 - Flash flooding in the Arizona desert weakened a bridge over a normally dry stream bed, causing the track to buckle and derail AMTRAK's Southwest Chief 13 miles east of Kingman AZ. 116 people on board were injured. Posted by: BriSr Aug 10 2008, 02:03 PM August 10 MN History 1939 Cloudburst at Two Harbors. 5.2 inches of rain fell. 2004 Cool Canadian air was ushered in on strong northwest winds. International Falls had its coldest high temperature ever for August with 49 degrees. The Twin Cities only saw a high of 59. U.S. History # 1882 - Sandusky OH noted a four minute snow squall during the morning, frost was reported in the suburbs of Chicago, and a killing frost was reported at Cresco IA. (The Weather Channel) # 1898 - The temperature at Pendleton OR climbed all the way to 119 degrees at set a state record. (The Weather Channel) # 1924 - Colorado's deadliest tornado killed a woman and nine children in one house along its twenty-mile path east southeast of Thurman. Mennonite men had left the farm to provide possible aid, as the 200-yard wide storm was first seen while far away.(The Weather Channel) # 1980 - Hurricane Allen came ashore above Brownsville, TX, dropping fifteen inches of rain near San Antonio, and up to 20 inches in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Tidal flooding occurred along the South Texas coast. Hurricane Allen packed winds to 150 mph, and also spawned twenty-nine tornadoes. Total damage from the storm was estimated at 750 million dollars. (David Ludlum) # 1987 - Unseasonably hot weather continued in the southeastern U.S. Ten cities in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina reported record high temperatures for the date. Macon GA hit 101 degrees. A tropical depression deluged southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana with torrential rains. (The National Weather Summary) # 1988 - Citizens of Bluefield, WV, where the Chamber of Commerce provides free lemonade on days when the temperature warms into the 90s, were able to celebrate their record high of 90 degrees. Eight other cities also reported record high temperatures for the date,including Bismarck ND with a reading of 102 degrees.(The National Weather Summary) # 1989 - Thirty-eight cities in the south central and southeastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date, including Asheville NC with a reading of 48 degrees, and Victoria TX with a low of 63 degrees. Oklahoma City OK reported a record cool afternoon high of 71 degrees, and the daily high of 64 degrees at Raleigh NC established a record for August. In Arizona, a record sixty-four day streak of 100 degree days at Phoenix came to an end.(The National Weather Summary) ...and more History # 1778 - Major hurricane along the east coast (10th-13th). The storm could have played a decisive role in a major naval battle between the French and British fleets, but British naval commanders failed to capitalize on their advantage after the larger French ships were damaged more heavily by the storm. # 1856 - The Last Island Disaster. Last Island, or Isle Derniere, was a small spit of land 150 miles east of Cameron LA. It was just 22 miles long and less than one mile wide in most places. At its highest point, the island was less than 6 feet above the Gulf of Mexico. It had 20 small cottages and a two story hotel, called Muggah's Hotel. Many prominent Louisiana families vacationed there to enjoy the cool breezes off the Gulf of Mexico. They were shuttled to and from the island by a steamboat named The Star. By Saturday, August 9th, it was evident that a storm was approaching, but more guests arrived on The Star that fateful Sunday morning. By noon, the wind had increased and the surf was rapidly moving further and further up the beach. Winds mounted to hurricane force by mid-afternoon and a storm surge rushed across the island. Survivors from the island huddled in the hotel, but it gradually was breaking apart. The Star picked up survivors and the ship escaped being sunk by the fearsome storm when the Captain ordered the upper woodwork of the top deck torn away. 140 people perished in the storm. Today all you will find there are pelicans and other birds. # 1936 - Arkansas records its hottest temperature ever (120F) at Ozark. Plains LA reached 114 the same day. Other all-time record highs set on this date included 110 in Little Rock, 117 in Texarkana AR, and 115 in Tulsa OK. # 1987 - Ely NV records their all-time record high temperature with a reading of 102 degrees. # 1993 - Lightning struck a nursing home at Sandy UT. A patient was struck when the current entered his room, temporarily blinding him, but freeing him of intense pain for 24 hours that he had been suffering. # 1996 - Widespread power outages occurred across the West. Blazing heat covered the West for much of the summer and was blamed for the Blackout which affected over four million people. Residents of California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Baja California in Mexico, and Alberta in Canada lost power when the massive blackout occurred. High temperatures in the 90s and 100s sent the demand for power to high levels, as people turned on their air conditioners to find relief from the heat. Some of the specific highs on August 10 included 88 degrees in Seattle, Washington, 98 degrees in Portland, Oregon, a record breaking 100 degrees in Burns, Oregon, 106 degrees in Phoenix, Arizona, and a record 110 degrees in Sacramento, California. Temperatures in the deserts of California and Arizona were in the 110-120 degree range. As a result of the power outage, residents of Los Angeles were unable to find relief from the heat at the oceans edge. Beaches were closed after a pump failed at a sewage treatment plant, sending raw sewage into the Pacific Ocean. Beaches in a eight mile stretch were closed as the water was deemed unsafe for people to swim in. Posted by: BriSr Aug 11 2008, 11:26 AM August 11 MN History 1899 A lightning bolt from "clear skies" destroys a storefront in Fisher, Polk County. 1945 Downpour over Red Wing. nearly 8 inches of rain fell. U.S. History # 1940 - A major hurricane struck Savannnah, GA, and Charleston, SC, causing the worst inland flooding since 1607. (David Ludlum) # 1944 - The temperature at Burlington, VT, soared to an all-time record high of 101 degrees. (The Weather Channel) The "Dog Days" officially come to an end on this date, having begun the third day in July. Superstition has it that dogs tend to become mad during that time of the year. (The Weather Channel) # 1980 - Clouds and moisture from Hurricane Allen provided a brief break from the torrid Texas heatwave, with daily highs mostly in the 70s to lower 90s. (The Weather Channel) # 1987 - An early evening thunderstorm in Wyoming produced hail up to two inches in diameter from Alva to Hulett. Snow plows had to be used to clear Highway 24 south of Hulett, where hail formed drifts two feet deep. (The National Weather Summary) # 1988 - Moisture from what remained of Tropical Storm Beryl resulted in torrential rains across eastern Texas. Twelve and a half inches of rain deluged Enterprise TX, which was more than the amount received there during the previous eight months. Philadelphia PA reported a record forty-four days of 90 degree weather for the year. Baltimore MD and Newark NJ reported a record fourteen straight days of 90 degree heat. (The National Weather Summary) # 1989 - One of the most severe convective outbreaks of record came to a climax in southern California after four days. Thunderstorms deluged Benton CA with six inches of rain two days in a row, and the flooding which resulted caused more than a million dollars damage to homes and highways. Thunderstorms around Yellowstone Park WY produced four inches of rain in twenty minutes resulting in fifteen mudslides. Thunderstorms over Long Island NY drenched Suffolk County with 8 to 10 inches of rain. Twenty-three cities in the southeastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. It was, for some cities, the fourth straight morning of record cold temperatures. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) ...and more History # 1884 - August 11th marks the official end of Dog Days. A thunderstorm brought at least a temporary end to them in Miami on this date. Miami reported a record high of 96 degrees before thunderstorms moved in, dropping the temperature. In fact, they cooled off so dramatically that a new low temperature record was also set for the date with 70 degrees. Actually, some of the United States' hottest weather occurs after August 11th. Primarily, its just an excuse to take it easy during the lazy, hazy days of summer. # 1914 - 108 at Northwest River in Newfoundland established the record high temperature for the province. # 1928 - 7.31 inches of rain in 24 hours at Washington DC on the 11th and 12th established an all-time 24 hour rainfall record for the city. # 1968 - A young girl in a lake was injured when a dust devil near Bristol, Connecticut, carried a 150 pound roof covering a picnic area into the lake. # 1979 - The mercury was plummeting over portions of the Arrowhead of Minnesota. The temperature at Embarrass MN fell to 28 degrees, accompanied by a hard freeze. # 1980 - The Democratic National Convention in Madison Square Garden could not even drown out the din of a major thunderstorm that affected the New York City area. 70 mph winds and major lightning knocked out power to over 30,000 people. # 1984 - 11 inches of rain fell in 24 hours at Dulles Airport near Washington D.C. # 1986 - Atlanta GA saw its streak of 38 consecutive days with 90 degrees or hotter finally come to an end with a reading of 89 degrees. # 1993 - Unusual high elevation tornado in the Ashley National Forest of Utah produces path 17 miles long and as much as 1/2 mile wide. The storm attained an F3 strength, destroying 1000 acres of trees. The highest elevation damage was observed at 10,800 feet. # 1997 - A cloudy, rainy day across southern Michigan has resulted in a new lowest daily maximum temperature in Lansing and tied a record in Grand Rapids. The high temperature at Lansing was just 64 degrees. The previous record was 65 set in 1994. In Grand Rapids today's high of 64 ties the previous low maximum set back in 1902. Posted by: BriSr Aug 12 2008, 01:18 PM August 12 MN History 1821 The end of an eight-day heat wave at Ft. Snelling. Temperatures were in the 90's each day. 2000 Record setting dew points in Minnesota. The Twin Cities had a dew point of 76 with a rare 80-degree dew point at Faribault. U.S. History # 1778 - A Rhode Island hurricane prevented an impending British-French sea battle, and caused extensive damage over southeast New England. (David Ludlum) # 1933 - The temperature at Greenland Ranch in Death Valley, CA, hit 127 degrees to establish a U.S. record for the month of August. (The Weather Channel) # 1936 - The temperature at Seymour, TX, hit 120 degrees to establish a state record. (The Weather Channel) # 1955 - During the second week of August hurricanes Connie and Diane produced as much as 19 inches of rain in the northeastern U.S. forcing rivers from Virginia to Massachusetts into a high flood. Westfield MA was deluged with 18.15 inches of rain in 24 hours, and at Woonsocket RI the Blackstone River swelled from seventy feet in width to a mile and a half. Connecticut and the Delaware Valley were hardest hit. Total damage in New England was 800 million dollars, and flooding claimed 187 lives. (David Ludlum) # 1987 - Early afternoon thunderstorms in Arizona produced 3.90 inches of rain in ninety minutes at Walnut National Monument (located east of Flagstaff), along with three inches of pea size hail, which had to be plowed off the roads. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1988 - Fifteen cities in the northeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. Youngstown OH reported twenty-six days of 90 degree weather for the year, a total equal to that for the entire decade of the 1970s. (The National Weather Summary) # 1989 - Thunderstorms were scattered across nearly every state in the Union by late in the day. Thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 75 mph at Fergus Falls MN, and golf ball size hail and wind gusts to 60 mph at Black Creek WI. In the Chicago area, seven persons at a forest preserve in North Riverside were injured by lightning. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) ...and more History # 1910 - Electrical storms ignite numerous forest fires in the Bitteroot Mountains of Idaho. Entire towns are razed and 163 people die, including 78 firefighters. # 1985 - A major August snowfall closed the Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado. Snowfall amounts of up to 1 inch were reported down to 9000 feet in the Breckinridge area. # 1986 - Flagstaff AZ picked up 3.04 inches of rain , the most ever for any August day. # 1993 - Great Mississippi River Flood of 1993:Flood waters flowing past Tarbert Landing MS on the Mississippi River reach 832,000 cubic feet per second, which is nearly four times the normal August flow. Posted by: BriSr Aug 13 2008, 01:40 PM August 13 MN History 1964 A taste of fall over area with 26 in Bigfork and 30 in Campbell. U.S. History # 1919 - High winds and heavy rain struck the Middle Atlantic Coast Region. In New Jersey, winds gusted to 60 mph at Atlantic City, and nine inches of rain fell at Tuckerton. The wind and rain leveled crops and stripped trees of fruit causing several million dollars damage. (David Ludlum) # 1980 - The afternoon high at New York City was just 89 degrees. But there were fifteen days of 90 degree heat during the month, their hottest August of record. (The Weather Channel) # 1985 - Hail larger than golf balls, driven by 70 mph winds, moved down crops, stripped trees, and broke windows, near Logan KS. Road graders cleared three foot drifts of hail on Kansas Highway 9 east of Logan. (The Weather Channel) # 1987 - Thunderstorms deluged the Central Gulf Coast States with torrential rains. Thunderstorms in Mississippi drenched Marion County with up to 15 inches of rain during the morning hours, with 12.2 inches reported at Columbia. Floodwaters swept cars away in the Lakeview subdivision of Columbia when the the Lakeview Dam broke. Flash flooding caused more than three million dollars damage in Marion County. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1988 - A dozen cities in the northeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. Lansing MI reported a record 35 days of 90 degree weather for the year, Detroit MI reported a record 37 days of 90 degree heat for the year, and Williamsport PA reported a record 38 days of 90 degree weather for the year. (The National Weather Summary) # 1989 - Thunderstorms developing in a tropical airmass over the northeastern U.S. soaked Connecticut and Massachusetts with four to eight inches of rain over the weekend, between the 11th and 13th of the month. Hartford CT received 7.70 inches of rain. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) ...and more History # 1831 - Blue sun in the South. Would be observed for several days. # 1955 - Hurricane Connie dumps 5 to 8 inches of rain on Southeastern Pennsylvania, ending a drought that had been plaguing the area. # 1978 - Four inches of snow at Salmon, ND. # 1986 - 3.04 inches of rain fell at Flagstaff AZ to establish a new record for any day in the month of August. # 1991 - It had never rained on this date in Stockton CA (since weather records started in 1906) until today, when 0.05 of an inch of rain fell. # 1993 - 65th consecutive day of 100 degree plus temperatures in Phoenix, breaking record set just four years earlier. Posted by: BriSr Aug 14 2008, 04:12 PM August 14 MN History 1978 Boundary Waters area hit by a tornado, some of the damage could still be seen 10 years later. U.S. History # 1936 - Temperatures across much of eastern Kansas soared above 110 degrees. Kansas City MO hit an all-time record high of 113 degrees. It was one of sixteen consecutive days of 100 degree heat for Kansas City. During that summer there were a record 53 days of 100 degree heat, and during the three summer months Kansas City received just 1.12 inches of rain. (The Kansas City Weather Almanac) # 1987 - Slow moving thunderstorms deluged northern and western suburbs of Chicago IL with torrential rains. O'Hare Airport reported 9.35 inches in 18 hours, easily exceeding the previous 24 hour record of 6.24 inches. Flooding over a five day period resulted in 221 million dollars damage. It was Chicago's worst flash flood event, particularly for northern and western sections of the city. Kennedy Expressway became a footpath for thousands of travelers to O'Hare Airport as roads were closed. The heavy rains swelled the Des Plaines River above flood stage, and many persons had to be rescued from stalled vehicles on flooded roads. (13th- 14th) (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) (The Weather Channel) # 1988 - Eighteen cities in the northeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, and the water temperature at Lake Erie reached a record 80 degrees. Portland ME reported a record fourteen straight days of 80 degree weather. Milwaukee WI reported a record 34 days of 90 degree heat for the year. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms resulted in about fifty reports of severe weather in the northeastern U.S. One person was killed at Stockbridge MI when a tornado knocked a tree onto their camper. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1989 - Afternoon thunderstorms in Illinois soaked the town of Battendorf with 2.10 inches of rain in thirty minutes. Evening thunderstorms in Montana produced wind gusts to 66 mph at Hobson. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) ...and more History # 1724 - First recorded tornado in Pennsylvania history. Moved from Chester County to Bucks County. # 1933 - The Great Tillamook Burn breaks out in western Oregon as fires ignite. # 1969 - Tropical Storm Camille forms near the island of Grand Cayman. From the beginning, it was evident that Camille would be an explosive storm. First reports from the reconnaissance plane indicated the storm had already reached tropical storm strength with a central pressure of 999mb and winds of 55 mph. By afternoon, the storm would already be classified as a hurricane with a central pressure of 964 mb. # 1979 - 1.56 inches of rain fell in Las Vegas NV. The thunderstorms also knocked out power for up to 12 hours. # 1980 - 100 degrees or hotter for the 53rd day in Dallas Texas, establishing the all-time record for 100 degree plus days in a year. # 1993 - Great Mississippi River Flood: crest reaches New Orleans LA, but is hardly noticed as the wider and deeper river only rises to 12.5 feet. Flood stage is 17 feet. The only real effect noticed was the unusual amount of debris in the water. Posted by: BriSr Aug 15 2008, 01:41 PM August 15 MN History 1936 St. Paul swelters with a high of 108. U.S. History # 1787 - Tornadoes were reported in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Wethersfield CT was hard hit by the tornado outbreak. (David Ludlum) # 1946 - Saint Louis, MO, was deluged with a record 8.78 inches of rain in 24 hours. (The Weather Channel) # 1967 - The "Sundance Fire" in northern Idaho was started by lightning. Winds of 50 mph carried firebrands as much as ten miles in advance to ignite new fires, and as a result, the forest fire spread twenty miles across the Selkirk Mountains in just twelve hours, burning 56,000 acres. The heat of the fire produced whirlwinds of flame with winds up to 300 mph which flung giant trees about like matchsticks. (David Ludlum) # 1987 - Thunderstorms developing ahead of a sharp cold front produced severe weather in the Upper Midwest during the afternoon and evening hours, with Minnesota and eastern South Dakota hardest hit. A thunderstorm in west central Minnesota spawned a tornado at Eagle Lake which killed one person and injured eight others. A thunder- storm in eastern South Dakota produced softball size hail at Warner. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1988 - Thirty five cities in twenty states in the north central and northeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, including Lamoni IA and Baltimore MD, where the mercury hit 105 degrees. Temperatures 100 degrees or above were reported in twenty-two states. Pierre SD was the hot spot in the nation with a high of 114 degrees. Bluefield WV reported eight straight days of record heat. (The National Weather Summary) # 1989 - Evening thunderstorms in eastern New Mexico produced wind gusts to 66 mph at Clovis. Evening thunderstorms in West Texas produced baseball size hail around Hereford, Dimmitt, Ware and Dalhart. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) ...and more History # 1928 - Hottest reading ever in province of Quebec with temperature of 104 at Bark Lake. # 1969 - Camille becomes a hurricane south of Cuba and enters the Gulf of Mexico with winds of 115 mph. # 1977 - Lightning struck a cement well covering near Mankato MN, causing shattered pieces of concrete to be blown over 30 feet, damaging cars. # 1979 - Early season chill across the Midwest and East where major low temperature records fell. # 1985 - Near Whitehall, New York, lightning struck a farmhand. After he was revived, en-route to the hospital, his ambulance was hit by lightning, resulting in a fire and explosion which slightly injured the medics. The farmhand later died at the hospital. # 1988 - Temperature at Washington D.C. soared to 103 degrees, followed by powerful thunderstorms that produced wind gusts to 70 mph. Up to 100,000 homes and businesses were without power. # 1993 - Hurricane Fernanda, east of Hawaii, had a well-developed eye 85 miles in diameter. # 1995 - Residents of the Southeast held their breath as Tropical Storm Beryl made landfall on the Florida coast near Panama City. The area had experienced some of its worst flooding ever a month earlier as a result of Tropical Storm Alberto. Fortunately, the storm was moving much more quickly than Alberto, so no major flooding from rainfall occurred. Some coastal flooding was reported from Apalachicola to Cedar Key. In addition, 23 tornadoes were caused by the remnants of Beryl in South Carolina. # 1995 - Apalachicola sets their all-time record high with a reading of 103 degrees. You might think that a location such as Apalachicola would have a "hotter" record high, but they benefit most of the time from cooling sea breezes from the Gulf of Mexico. Posted by: BriSr Aug 16 2008, 01:41 PM August 16 MN History 1981 Chilly across the state with Tower reporting a low of 33 degrees. U.S. History # 1777 - The Battle of Bennington, delayed a day by rain, was fought. The rain delayed British reinforcements, and allowed the Vermont Militia to arrive in time, enabling the Americans to win a victory by defeating two enemy forces, one at a time. (David Ludlum) # 1909 - A dry spell began in San Bernardino County of southern California that lasted until the 6th of May in 1912, a stretch of 994 days! Another dry spell, lasting 767 days, then began in October of 1912. (The Weather Channel) # 1916 - Altapass NC was deluged with 22.22 inches of rain in 24 hours to establish a state record. (The Weather Channel) # 1987 - Afternoon and evening thunderstorms developing along a cold front produced severe weather from Oklahoma to Wisconsin and Lower Michigan. Thunderstorms in central Illinois produced wind gusts to 80 mph at Springfield which toppled two large beer tents at the state fair injuring 58 persons. Thunderstorms also drenched Chicago IL with 2.90 inches of rain, making August 1987 their wettest month of record. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1988 - Thunderstorms developing along a slow moving cold front produced severe weather from North Dakota to Lower Michigan during the day. Nine tornadoes were sighted in North Dakota, and thunderstorms also produced hail three inches in diameter at Lakota ND, and wind gusts to 83 mph at Marais MI. Thirty-seven cities in the northeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, including Rockford IL with a reading of 104 degrees. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1989 - Late afternoon and evening thunderstorms in the Central High Plains Region produced golf ball size hail at La Junta CO, Intercanyon CO, and Custer SD. Afternoon thunderstorms over South Texas drenched Brownsville with 2.60 inches of rain. Fair skies allowed viewing of the late evening full lunar eclipse from the Great Lakes Region to the Northern and Central Plains Region, and across much of the western third of the country. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) ...and more History # 1879 - Massive waterspout at Barnstable MA. # 1946 - (15th-16th): St. Louis, Missouri, set its 24-hour rainfall record with a deluge of 8.78 inches. # 1969 - Early on Saturday evening, August 16th, an Air Force reconnaissance plane investigating Hurricane Camille in the Gulf of Mexico found an unbelievably low central pressure of 905 mb. This information allowed forecasters to warn residents along the coast that Camille would cause damage of unprecedented proportions. # 1978 - Foot of snow fell at Yellowstone National Park. # 1979 - Tornado destroyed two homes at Pinon CA near Palm Springs. # 1980 - Massive flooding in Texas along the Cueces and Frio Rivers. Heavy rainfall from Hurricane Allen pushed rivers to levels to as much as 10 feet above flood stage. # 1987 - 13.23 inches of rain for the month at Chicago IL established their all-time August rainfall record. # 1988 - Water temperature at Jersey Shore NH was only 53.1 degrees, breaking the old record. Just two weeks earlier, the surf temperature had been a balmy 79 degrees! # 1992 - Hurricane Andrew, destined to become the third strongest landfalling United States hurricane, is born far out in the Eastern Atlantic as a tropical depression. Posted by: BriSr Aug 17 2008, 02:13 PM August 17 MN History 1946 A tornado kills 11 people in the Mankato, MN area around 6:52PM. A 27 ton road grader was hurled about 100 feet. Another tornado an hour later destroys downtown Wells, MN. U.S History # 1915 - A hurricane hit Galveston, TX, with wind gusts to 120 mph and a twelve foot storm surge. The storm claimed 275 lives, including forty-two on Galveston Island, with most deaths due to drowning. Of 250 homes built outside the seawall (which was constructed after the catastrophic hurricane of 1900), just ten percent were left standing. (The Weather Channel) # 1969 - Camille, the second worst hurricane in U.S. history, smashed into the Mississippi coast. Winds gusted to 172 mph at Main Pass Block LA, and to 190 mph near Bay Saint Louis MS. The hurricane claimed 256 lives, and caused 1.3 billion dollars damage. Several ocean going ships were carried over seven miles inland by the hurricane. The hurricane produced winds to 200 mph, and a storm surge of 24.6 feet. Complete destruction occurred in some coastal areas near the eye of the hurricane. (David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel) # 1987 - Evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in the Northern and Central Plains Region. One thunderstorm spawned a tornado near Fairbury NE, along with baseball size hail and wind gusts to 100 mph, causing severe crop damage west of town. Ten cities in the eastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. Syracuse NY hit 97 degrees for the first time in twenty-two years. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1988 - Fifty-five cities, from the Middle Mississippi Valley to the Middle Atlantic Coast Region, reported record high temperatures for the date. Beckley WV reported an all-time record high of 96 degrees, and Baltimore MD hit 104 degrees, marking their thirteenth day of the year with 100 degree heat. Chicago IL equaled a record with 46 days of 90 degree weather for the year. Thunderstorms produced severe weather from Wisconsin to New Jersey. Thunderstorms in New Jersey produced high winds which gusted to 92 mph at Wrightstown, and blew down a circus tent at Lavallette injuring fourteen persons. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1989 - Morning thunderstorms produced three to six inch rains in Oklahoma, and the Arkalatex area of Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana. Tom OK was soaked with 5.98 inches of rain, and Foreman AR received 5.55 inches. Evening thunderstorms produced high winds in the Wasatch Front of northern Utah. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 66 mph at Salt Lake City, and flash flooding caused up to two million dollars damage to a marina on Lake Powell. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary) ...and more History # 1784 - Two tornadoes in Southington, CT. "It seems to have been occasioned by the meeting of two heavy clouds, one from the south and the other from the north. The whole storm therefore collected with amazing blackness and centered at the place above mentioned; producing such a scene of desolation, as perhaps the memory of the oldest man cannot recollect to have been produced by a similar cause in New England. Connecticut Courant (Hartford), August 24, 1784. # 1885 - 130 degrees on this date in Amos CA. It's never been hotter in the U.S. in August. # 1899 - San Cirriaoe Hurricane. 50 killed as 13 vessels either are beached or lost on North Carolina coast. # 1929 - Haiti leveled by hurricane along with an earthquake and tidal waves. # 1969 - Hurricane Camille was on the move again in the Gulf of Mexico, 250 miles south of the Alabama coast. Originally predicted to strike the Florida Panhandle in the Panama City area, Camille started moving more westward that Sunday morning, prompting warnings to be hurriedly raised along the Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana coasts. Later that day, an Air Force reconnaissance plane found the lowest barometric pressure that had ever been recorded to that date (901 mb or 26.61") along with winds of 210 mph. It was obvious that Camille would bring catastrophic destruction to the Mississippi coast and last minute evacuations were stepped up. When Camille's eye smashed into Pass Christian, Mississippi that night around 11 pm, it had winds over 200 mph and a storm tide of 27 feet above normal. As a result, 143 people perished along the coast and 27 were never found. The noise level in the storm was measured at 120 decibels, the equivalent of a rocket engine. Camille's legacy of damage did not end at the coast. Another 113 people would die in flash floods and landslides caused by rainfall from the dying Camille over the Appalachian Mountains. A total of 5571 people would be injured. Damage exceeded $1 billion. # 1979 - Record cold from the Deep South to New England. Frost was observed in the mountains of West Virginia. # 1992 - The famous Andrew becomes a tropical storm. # 1994 - Central Oklahoma is pounded by severe thunderstorms. Wind gusts to 113 mph were recorded at Meno. At Mangum, the winds gusted to 104 mph and 97 mph at Hobart. 30 mobile homes were destroyed by hail and wind at Okarche. Hailstones measured 4.5 inches in diameter. # 1994 - Today marked the 41st consecutive day with temperatures 90 degrees or hotter in Boise ID, which is a record for that city. # 1995 - Hurricane Felix stalled off the mid-Atlantic Coast after upper atmosphere winds that steered it faded away. An area of high atmospheric pressure to the west blocked movement farther inland. Another area of high atmospheric pressure to the east blocked movement back over the Atlantic. Both areas of high pressure were weak and didn't generate strong steering winds. The west-to-east winds that could push Felix away from the U.S. were far to the north. As a result, Felix milled around in the same general area on the 17th and 18th before it began drifting slowly eastward, away from the U.S. on Aug. 19th. Posted by: BriSr Aug 18 2008, 02:17 PM August 18 MN History 1953 Four heifers near St. Martin were lucky. A tornado picked them up and set them back down again, unharmed. U.S. History # 1925 - During the late morning hours a severe hailstorm struck southeastern Iowa completely destroying crops along a path six to ten miles wide and 75 miles long. The hail also injured and killed poultry and livestock, and caused a total of 2.5 million dollars damage. The hailstorm flattened fields of corn to such an extent that many had to leave their farms in search of other work. It was one of the worst hailstorms of record for the nation. (The Weather Channel) # 1983 - Hurricane Alicia ravaged southeastern Texas. The hurricane caused more than three billion dollars property damage, making it one of the costliest hurricanes in the history of the U.S. Just thirteen persons were killed, but 1800 others were injured. The hurricane packed winds to 130 mph as it crossed Galveston Island, and spawned twenty-two tornadoes in less than 24 hours as it made landfall. (The Weather Channel) (Storm Data) # 1987 - Thirteen cities in the eastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, including Orlando FL with a reading of 98 degrees, and Portland ME with a high of 94 degrees. Newark NJ reached 90 degrees for the thirty-sixth time of the year, their second highest total of record. (The National Weather Summary) # 1988 - Twenty-two cities, from the Carolinas to the Upper Ohio Valley, reported record high temperatures for the date, pushing the total number of daily record highs since the first of June above the 1100 mark. Afternoon highs of 102 degrees at Greensboro NC and 105 degrees at Raleigh NC equaled all-time records. Evening thunderstorms in Montana produced wind gusts to 75 mph at Scobey. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1989 - Thunderstorms over the Middle Atlantic Coast Region and the Upper Ohio Valley produced torrential rains in eastern Virginia during the late morning and afternoon hours. Totals ranged up to twelve inches at Yorktown. Williamsburg VA was deluged with 10.78 inches of rain between 6 AM and 10 AM, with 6.72 inches reported in just two hours. Flash flooding caused nearly twelve million dollars damage in Accomack County VA. Early evening thunderstorms in the Central High Plains Region produced walnut size hail and wind gusts to 80 mph around Casper WY. Thunderstorms produced locally heavy rains in the Yellowstone Park area, causing fifteen mudslides. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) ...and more History # 1779 - William Dunbar observed and wrote about the passage of a hurricane's eye over New Orleans. # 1904 - Oil tank struck by lightning sparking major blaze that killed 5 and injured 175 people. # 1906 - Unusual tropical storm came up into the Gulf of California, giving Needles, California 5.66 inches of rain, twice what would normally be seen in a year. # 1910 - Idaho "Big Blow Up" of forest fires finally comes to an end. 1736 fires burned 3 million acres. 85 people were killed (78 firefighters). Smoke from the fires spread 1/3 of the way around the world, darkening the sun across parts of the U.S. and Canada. # 1936 - An average of the temperatures at 113 stations in Iowa measured 106.5 degrees F, making this the hottest day in the state's history. # 1955 - Westfield, Massachusettes records 18.15 inches of rain in just 24 hours to establish the 24 hour mark for the state. The rain was caused Tropical Storm Diane and fell on top of ground already saturated by heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Connie. Severe flooding resulted. At one point, 40 percent of Worcester MA was under water. 82 people killed. $800 million in damage. Greatest flood since 1903 on Delaware River. # 1980 - 3 inches of snow fell at McCall ID. # 1989 - Parts of Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore were deluged by 6-10 inches of rain. Unofficial reports from parts of Delaware indicated as much as 20 inches fell. 39 bridges were closed or washed out. 72 roads would be closed or damaged. Posted by: BriSr Aug 19 2008, 03:54 PM August 19 MN History 1980 Strong winds at Belle Plaine severely damage five planes. U.S. History # 1788 - A small but powerful hurricane inflicted great havoc upon forests along a narrow track from New Jersey to Maine. A similar storm track today would cause extreme disaster in the now populated area. (David Ludlum) # 1986 - The temperature at San Antonio, TX, soared to an all-time record high of 108 degrees. (Sandra and TI Richard Sanders - 1987) # 1987 - Thunderstorms moving out of southeastern Nebraska spread severe weather into eastern Kansas and western Missouri during the day. Thunderstorms in Nebraska produced hail three inches in diameter at Albion, and high winds which downed a large tent at Waterloo injuring a dozen persons. Thunderstorms in Kansas produced baseball size hail northwest of Topeka, and wind gusts to 80 mph at Fulton. Ten persons were injured in a thunderstorm at Princeton KS, and damage to crops in southern Franklin County KS was estimated at 3.5 million dollars. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary) # 1988 - Raleigh, NC, reported a record hot temperature reading of 103 degrees. Afternoon thunderstorms in Oklahoma produced wind gusts to 75 mph in southern Pittsburgh County. Thunderstorms in Indiana produced 4.50 inches of rain at Morgantown. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary) # 1989 - Early morning thunderstorms deluged southeastern Delaware with six to ten inches of rain in four to six hours, with local reports of 13 to 20 inches of rain. Twenty-six major roads were closed or damaged, and fourteen bridges were washed out. Flooding caused nearly four million dollars damage to local businesses. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary) ...and more History # 1559 - First hurricane in U.S. recorded history hits Pensacola FL where 5 Spanish ships are driven ashore in Pensacola Harbor. # 1935 - 102 at Rexton in New Brunswick and 100 degrees at Collegeville, Nova Scotia are the hottest temperatures ever recorded in those provinces. # 1955 - Extreme flooding over New England was the result of torrential rains from Tropical Storm Diane which followed on the heels of Tropical Storm Connie the week before. 18.15 inches of rain fell in Westfield MA in 24 hours. 40% of Worcester MA was under water. The Blackstone River in Woonsocket RI swelled to a width of 1.5 miles. # 1969 - The remnants of Hurricane Camille intensified rapidly as it moved from Kentucky into Southwestern Virginia, causing record rainfall and devastating flooding along the upper James River. 107 people died and 55 were never found as the flood became the worst natural disasters in the history of the state. Nearly 30 inches of rain fell during a 3-5 hour period. # 1991 - Hurricane Bob makes landfall at Newport, Rhode Island with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph, and made final U.S. landfall as a tropical storm at Rockland, Maine. There were 16 U.S. deaths. Wind gusted to 143 mph at Westport Point, Massachusetts. Gusts of 125 mph were recorded at Block Island RI. The storm surge at Upper Buzzards Bay reached 15 feet. Power was out to 2.1 million homes and businesses and damage totaled $1.5 billion. Bob was the worst hurricane in the northeast since Donna in 1960. Posted by: BriSr Aug 20 2008, 01:03 PM August 20 MN History 1904 Both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul hit by tornadoes. This was the highest official wind ever recorded in Minnesota over one minute (110 mph in St. Paul.) U.S. History # 1886 - The town of Indianola, TX, was completely destroyed by a hurricane, and never rebuilt. (David Ludlum) # 1910 - The "big blow up" of forest fires finally came to an end in Idaho. A record dry August fueled 1736 fires which burned three million acres destroying six billion board feet of timber. The fires claimed the lives of 85 persons, 78 of which were fire fighters, and consumed the entire town of Wallace. The smoke spread a third of the way around the world producing some dark days in the U.S. and Canada. The forest fires prompted federal fire protection laws. (David Ludlum) # 1987 - Half a dozen cities in the Central Plains Region reported record high temperatures for the date, including Pueblo CO with a reading of 102 degrees, and Goodland KS with a high of 104 degrees. Hill City KS reached 106 degrees. (The National Weather Summary) # 1988 - Sheridan, WY, reported a record hot temperature reading of 100 degrees. Evening thunderstorms produced golf ball size hail near Fortuna ND, and wind gusts to 70 mph near Webster SD. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1989 - Early morning thunderstorms produced heavy rain in southeast Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma, with up to six inches reported around Tulsa OK. Some roads in the Tulsa area were closed by water 10 to 12 feet deep. Evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas. Thunderstorms produced winds gusts to 75 mph in Major County OK, and hail two inches in diameter at Jennings KS. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) ...and more History # 1939 - 14.81 inches of rain in i24 hours at Tuckerton NJ established the state rainfall record. # 1969 - 27 inches of rain is recorded in just 8 hours in Nelson County, Virginia as the remnants of Hurricane Camille move through the mid-Atlantic states. Unofficial reports of as much as 31 inches of rain. Disastrous flooding occurs on the James River. 153 fatalities occur in Virginia. Weather tales tell of birds drowning while perched on tree branches. # 1979 - Major flash flooding at Weirton WV. 3 inches of rain in a short period caused a major portion of the town to be covered under several feet of water. # 1994 - El Paso records 56th 100 degree plus day for year, most ever in a season. # 1996 - Parts of the eastern section of Salt Lake city are inundated by up to two feet of water as heavy rain in the nearby Wasatch Mountains causes flash flooding. # 1997 - One of the worst floods in history for parts of southern New Jersey occurred as heavy thunderstorms dumped torrential rain from Delaware into southeastern New Jersey. 11.12 inches of rain at Atlantic City NJ shattered their record precipitation for the date and for any single date. The rains brought the total for the month to 15.74 which broke the old monthly record set in 1967. At the marina in Atlantic City, just 10 miles from the airport, only 2.60 inches fell. 3.17 inches of rain fell in one hour at the airport. The airport and almost every road in the area was closed. Posted by: BriSr Aug 21 2008, 01:16 PM August 21 MN History 1883 4th deadliest tornado in Minnesota history hits Rochester. The tornado killed 31 residents and inured 100 more. Appalled by the lack of medical care received by the tornado's victims, Mother Alfred Moes, founder of the Sisters of St. Francis, proposes to build and staff a hospital if Dr. W.W. Mayo will provide medical care. St. Marys Hospital opens in 1889 with 27 beds and eventually grows into the Mayo Clinic. 1886 High winds hit Northfield with winds blowing at 60 mph for 20 minutes. The peak gusts were from 75 to 80 mph. 1918 3rd Deadliest tornado strikes Tyler and destroys the downtown area, leaving 36 dead. U.S. History # 1888 - A tornado swarm occurred in Maryland and Delaware. Many waterspouts were seen over Chesapeake Bay. (Sandra and TI Richard Sanders - 1987) # 1983 - The temperature at Fayetteville, NC, soared to 110 degrees to establish a state record. (The Weather Channel) # 1987 - Early morning thunderstorms produced severe weather in eastern Iowa and west central Illinois. Thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 82 mph at Moline IL, and tennis ball size hail at Independence IA. Rock Island IL was drenched with 3.70 inches of rain. Total damage for the seven county area of west central Illinois was estimated at twelve million dollars. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1988 - Thunderstorms spawned several tornadoes in Iowa, produced wind gusts to 63 mph in the Council Bluffs area, and drenched Sioux Center IA with up to 6.61 inches of rain. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary) # 1989 - Afternoon and evening thunderstorms produced severe weather from Kansas to Minnesota and North Dakota. Thunderstorms in Minnesota produced baseball size hail from Correll to north of Appleton. Thunderstorms in north central Kansas produced wind gusts higher than 100 mph at Wilson Dam. Thunderstorms around Lincoln NE produced baseball size hail and up to five inches of rain, and Boone NE was deluged with five inches of rain in an hour and a half. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) ...and more History # 1910 - Great Idaho Fire was contained after 851 lives and 6 billion board feet of timber were lost. # 1921 - .59 inches of rain fell in Seattle on this date, their heaviest August rainfall on record. # 1977 - Illinois experiences its first killer August tornado since at least 1880. The twister was mostly obscured by heavy rain as it killed 6 at the Lake Matoon resort area. Illinois' next August killer tornado, also obscured by heavy rain (and hail), killed 29 on 8/28/90 just southwest of Chicago. # 1980 - Third consecutive day of heavy rains and flooding in West Virginia. 8.5 inches of rain fell at Webster Springs in 3-day period. Many roads were closed by high water and mudslides. Evacuations were necessary. Near Ripley WV numerous houses, trailers and a store were washed away. At Spencer, as much as 4 inches of rain fell and Charleston had 60-mph winds. # 1984 - State fair in Pueblo, CO, had to be closed during vicious hailstorm. Nine people were hurt, one seriously. Damage totaled $40 million and 500 light bulbs were broken by the hail. # 1992 - Hurricane Andrew strengthens north of Puerto Rico and turns more west. Maximum sustained winds 60 mph. # 1992 - Sacramento CA established a record for consecutive days above 90 degrees. The mark was 40. # 1997 - High winds and torrential rains from one of the worst typhoons to batter China in a decade caused the deaths of at least 140 people. In Taiwan, the typhoon killed 37 people and left six missing when apartment buildings collapsed under the storm's fury. In the Philippines, flooding spawned by the storm killed 16 people and forced 60,000 to abandon their homes. The death toll would have been higher if authorities in Zhejiang, neighboring Jiangsu province and the city of Shanghai had not evacuated 790,000 people from coastal towns and villages in the path of the typhoon. Posted by: BriSr Aug 22 2008, 12:12 PM August 22 MN History 1870 Downpours across southern Minnesota with 5 inches at Sibley, 3.49 at Ft. Snelling. Much of the wheat crop was damaged. 1910 Daylight is dimmed in Duluth due to smoke from Rocky Mountain forest fires. U.S. History # 1923 - The temperature at Anchorage, AK, reached 82 degrees, a record for August for the location which was later tied on the 2nd in 1978. (The Weather Channel) # 1987 - A cold front lowered temperatures 20 to 40 degrees across the north central U.S., and produced severe thunderstorms in Ohio and Lower Michigan. An early morning thunderstorm near Sydney MI produced high winds which spun a car around 180 degrees. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1988 - Afternoon highs of 88 degrees at Astoria, OR, and 104 degrees at Medford, OR, were records for the date, and the number of daily record highs across the nation since the first of June topped the 2000 mark. (The National Weather Summary) # 1989 - Evening thunderstorms in the central U.S. produced golf ball size hail at May City IA, and wind gusts to 66 mph at Balltown IA. Lightning struck a barn in Fayette County IA killing 750 hogs. Evening thunderstorms in Montana produced wind gusts to 70 mph at Havre. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) ...and more History # 1816 - "Year without a Summer" continues as damaging frosts occur in low spots from New England to North Carolina. # 1857 - Windstorm at Woodland WI. Freight cars reportedly blown off railroad tracks. # 1883 - A killing frost at Fort Custer MT. # 1893 - Four hurricanes are observed in the Atlantic Ocean at the same time, a record which still stands. # 1933 - Hampton Roads area of Virginia is hit on the night of the 22nd-23rd by its worst hurricane in history. Norfolk saw an 8 foot storm tide pushed through the streets of the city. Winds reached nearly 100 mph. 18 people were killed in the storm. # 1980 - Major flash flooding in Kentucky. Up to 3 inches of rain fell in a very short period. Heavy damage including flooded homes and washed out bridges and roads. # 1980 - High at Wichita Falls TX reached 108 to establish a record for the date. 56th of last 59 days that Wichita Falls TX had reached a high temperature of 100 degrees or hotter. # 1980 - 102 at New Orleans LA to establish the all-time record high for the city. # 1990 - 12 inches of rain in just 24 hours in parts of Virginia. Numerous roads were washed out, including U.S. 13 to the Tidewater area. # 1992 - Hurricane Andrew develops a well-defined eye. Residents of Florida are alerted. The storm was 650 miles east of Miami, moving west at 14 with top winds of 95 mph. # 1994 - A central pressure of 920 mb was observed in Hurricane John in the central Pacific 390 miles south of Hilo HI. John was the third category 5 storm in the area in one month, which was truly remarkable. # 1998 - Tropical Storm Charley was the second of 7 named tropical storms and hurricanes to strike the U.S. in 1998. But the most interesting event of Charley's arrival on the mainland would occur the next day, when a whopping 17.03 inches of rain would fall in Del Rio TX. This amount is neary equal to the average rainfall for an entire year. It would establish their all-time record rainfall for a calendar day. The Del Rio area had received less than three inches of rain during the previous 8 1/2 months. 20 people died in the resulting flooding. Posted by: BriSr Aug 23 2008, 01:12 PM August 23 MN History 1955 Hail in Houston County, with piles to a foot deep at Rushmore. U.S. History # 1906 - Thunderstorms deluged Kansas City, MO, with six inches of rain during the early morning, including nearly three inches in thirty minutes. (The Kansas City Weather Almanac) # 1921 - Denver, CO, was drenched with 2.20 inches of rain in one hour, a record for that location. (The Weather Channel) # 1970 - Dry thunderstorms ignited more than one hundred fires in the Wenatchee and Okanogan National Forests of Washington State. Hot, dry, and windy weather spread the fires, a few of which burned out of control through the end of the month. More than 100,000 acres burned. (The Weather Channel) # 1987 - A cold front brought autumn-like weather to the Northern and Central Plains Region. Afternoon highs were in the 50s and 60s across parts of Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska that just two days earlier were in the 90s or above 100 degrees. Thunderstorms produced locally heavy rain in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. (The National Weather Summary) # 1988 - Thunderstorms produced hail an inch in diameter, wind gusts to 64 mph, and 2.62 inches of rain at Tucson AZ resulting in three million dollars damage. Cool weather prevailed in the northeastern U.S. Hartford CT reported a record low of 42 degrees. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1989 - Thunderstorms produced heavy rain with flash flooding in West Virginia. Pickens, WV, reported 4.80 inches of rain in 24 hours. Evening thunderstorms in Mississippi deluged Alta Woods with 4.25 inches of rain in less than an hour. Thunderstorms also produced heavy rain in southeastern Kentucky, and flooding was reported along Big Creek and along Stinking Creek. The Stinking Creek volunteer fire department reported water levels 12 to 14 feet above bankfull. Fort Worth TX hit the 100 degree mark for the first time all year. Strong winds ushering cool air into northwest Utah gusted to 70 mph, raising clouds of dust in the salt flats. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) ...and more History # 1851 - The Great Middle Florida Hurricane of 1851 struck the area near Apalachicola and St. Marks. # 1933 - Chesapeake-Potomac Hurricane of 1933. The storm made landfall near Nags Head NC and tracked up the Chesapeake Bay. Norfolk VA recorded a wind gust to 88 mph. $17 million in damage in Maryland; $47 million total damage from the storm. 47 people also died. Flooding was severe in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. 60% of Atlantic City NJ was flooded. # 1987 - Upwelling in Lake Ontario caused by unusually strong northwesterly winds caused quite a temperature difference across the lake. On the north shore, water temperatures were an icy 41 degrees, while along the south shore, they were a much more comfortable 70 degrees. # 1992 - On Sunday morning, August 23rd, the warnings in South Florida were frantic. Andrew had top winds of 120 mph, making it a category 3 hurricane. Located 380 miles west of Miami that morning, moving west at 15 mph. By 330pm, it is a category 4 storm with winds of 150 mph. That afternoon, Hurricane Andrew brought a 23 foot storm surge to Current Island in the Bahamas. Damage in the islands amounted to $250 million. Then as the night wears on, the small, distinct eye of Andrew is less than 100 miles away would draw a bead on Homestead FL. # 1992 - Meanwhile, residents of Cut Bank, Butte and Helena MT were dealing with snow. Up to 13 inches fell across the Glacier National Park in Montana. Great Falls MT measured 5 inches of the white stuff; the first time that snow had ever occurred in August. # 1995 - Tropical Storm Jerry brought very heavy rains to parts of Central Florida on this date (check if 23 or 24). Its winds were only 40 mph, but rains of up to a foot dumped on the area. There was so much water that walking catfish made their way onto the runways at West Palm Beach International Airport, disrupting flights there. # 1998 - Massive flooding caused by heavy rains from the remnants of dying Tropical Storm Charley struck the town of Del Rio TX. 18 inches of rain fell from Sunday night through Monday morning. At least 13 people died in the flooding in Texas and Mexico. The town of Del Rio had been parched by seemingly endless drought before the rains started had had less than 3 inches of rainfall for the first seven months of the year. Posted by: BriSr Aug 24 2008, 02:16 PM August 24 MN History 1934 Early arctic blast over state. Rochester and Fairmont have lows of 34 degrees. 2006 Tornadoes and large hail strike southern Minnesota. One person died and 37 were injured when a strong tornado began 4 miles west-southwest of Nicollet in Nicollet County and move almost due east for 33 miles to near Waterville in Le Sueur County. Many storm chasers captured the tornado on video. The largest hail reported was grapefruit-sized at new Prauge in Scott County. U.S. History # 1906 - A cloudburst deluged Guinea, VA, with more than nine inches of rain in just forty minutes. (David Ludlum) # 1968 - Lightning struck the Crawford County fairgrounds in northwest Pennsylvania killing two persons and injuring 72 others. (The Weather Channel) # 1987 - Autumn-like weather prevailed across the north central and northeastern U.S. Seven cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Saint Cloud MN with a low of 37 degrees. Temperatures in Florida soared to 98 degrees at Pensacola and 99 degrees at Jacksonville. Thunderstorms produced heavy rain in the Southern High Plains Region, with 5.40 inches at Union NM, and 7.25 inches reported west of Anthony NM. (The National Weather Summary) # 1988 - Thunderstorms in the Delaware Valley of eastern Pennsylvania produced wind gusts to 95 mph around Philadelphia, and gusts to 100 mph at Warminster. A tropical depression drenched the Cabo Rojo area of southwestern Puerto Rico with up to ten inches of rain. San Juan received 5.35 inches of rain. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary) # 1989 - Late afternoon and evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in eastern Montana and western sections of the Dakotas. Thunderstorms in Montana produced wind gusts to 76 mph at Jordan, and golf ball size hail at Rock Springs, which collected three to four feet deep in ditches. Lewiston ID reported a record 1.50 inches of rain for the date, and a record rainfall total for August of 2.63 inches. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) ...and more History # 1897 - "A well-known American writer said once that, while everybody talked about the weather, nobody seemed to do anything about it. He was right. We just have to take it as it comes." Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) quote in The Hartford (Connecticut) Daily Courant. # 1933 - 200,000 acres are burned in a single day in western Oregon as the Great Tillamook Burn continued. After the fire, Tillamoook County lay buried in up to 3 feet of ash. # 1952 - 33 at Layton NJ and 37 at Runyon NJ. It was not New Jersey's coldest August morning though. That would occur on August 25, 1940 with a reading of 32 degrees at Layton and Charlottesburg. # 1979 - 2.5 inches of rain in one hour at Livingston MT near Bozeman. Major flash flooding resulted with bridges washed out and roads under water. # 1984 - The remnants of Tropical Storm Holly brought heavy rains and snows to parts of Alaska. 4 foot snow drifts were measured at Denali National Park. # 1990 - Thunderstorms dumped up to 7 inches of rain over Long Island causing many road closings. # 1991 - Eastern North Dakota suffers severe hail damage from stones that were as big as 6 inches. Windows were smashed, cars heavily damaged, holes were punched in roofs and 16,000 acres of crops were destroyed. # 1991 - Huge hail in eastern North Dakota. Aggregated hailstones 6 inches in diameter were observed near Lisbon ND. 16,000 acres of crops were destroyed along with tremendous damage to cars and structures. # 1992 - Hurricane Andrew makes landfall in southern Dade County Florida near Homestead around 5am as a Category 4. Hurricane Andrew had the third lowest pressure ever recorded in a landfalling United States Hurricane (922 mb). Only Camille (1969) and the Labor Day Storm (1935) were stronger. South Florida had been spared from a major hurricane for some 27 years. Andrew ranks first in all time damage, with losses in Florida totaling at least $25 billion. Some estimates range as high as $40 billion. The storm had maximum winds at landfall of 145 mph with gusts to 175 mph. The storm surge peaked at 16.9 feet in Biscayne Bay, which was a record for South Florida. Homestead AFB was wiped off the face of the earth. Up to 250,000 people were left at least temporarily homeless in south Florida. 15 deaths in Florida were directly attributable to Andrew, with another 29 as an indirect result of the storm. Andrew would cross the Florida peninsula during the day and emerge in the Gulf of Mexico heading for Louisiana. Posted by: BriSr Aug 25 2008, 01:02 PM August 25 MN History 1875 Tornado strikes near Hutchinson. 1976 Roy Lake Fire. 2,600 acres burned during drought. U.S. History # 1885 - A severe hurricane struck South Carolina causing 1.3 million dollars damage at Charleston. (David Ludlum) # 1940 - New Jersey experienced its coldest August morning of record, with lows of 32 degrees at Layton and Charlotteburg. (The Weather Channel) # 1987 - Morning thunderstorms produced heavy rain in eastern Nebraska and southwestern Iowa. Stanton IA reported 10.50 inches of rain. Water was reported up to the handle of automobiles west of Greenwood NE. Rainfall totals for a two day period ranged from 7 to 14 inches across southwestern Iowa. Crop damage was in the millions for both states. Subsequent flooding of streams in Iowa the last week of August caused millions of dollars damage to crops, as some streams crested ten feet above flood stage. (Storm Data) # 1988 - Seven cities in California reported record high temperatures for the date, including Sacramento with an afternoon reading of 104 degrees. Thunderstorms produced locally heavy rains in Arizona. Chino Valley was drenched with 2.50 inches of rain in just thirty minutes washing out a couple of streets in town. (The National Weather Summary) # 1989 - Morning thunderstorms drenched Spencer, IN, with 4.10 inches of rain in three hours causing extensive street flooding. Evening thunderstorms in eastern Kansas produced up to six inches of rain around Emporia, and four inches of rain in just forty-five minutes near Parsons, and also produced wind gusts to 70 mph at Lake Melvern. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 2005 - Katrina becomes a hurricane just before landfall in south Florida between Hallandale Beach and North Miami Beach. Maximum sustained winds at the time of landfall were near 80 mph. There were eleven fatalities in South Florida, including four by falling trees. More than 1.3 million customers lost electrical services, and preliminary insured loss estimates ranged from $600 million to $2 billion in the state of Florida. (Associated Press). ...and more History # 1635 - Great Colonial Hurricane affects New England. Governor Winthrop and Governor Bradford each penned excellent accounts of the hurricane. # 1814 - Tornado struck parts of Washington DC, killing many British soldiers who were burning the capital. # 1852 - The Great Mobile Hurricane of 1852. # 1910 - Bowen Montana sets the record for lowest temperature ever observed in the lower 48 states with a reading of 5 degrees. Wisdom MT was not very far behind with a reading of 11 degrees. Great Falls set an early season and August record snowfall of 8.3 inches on the 22nd and 23rd, while St. Mary reported 12 inches of snow. # 1972 - Philadelphia measures its 25th consecutive day without measurable rainfall. # 1987 - Chicago keeps breaking rainfall records. 15.73 inches established the record for any month. # 1998 - A massive wall of water was moving down the Rio Grande River in Texas toward Laredo after devastating the towns of Del Rio and Eagle Pass. Forty-four years ago, a flood taking virtually the same path washed out Del Rio before sweeping through Eagle Pass and Laredo. Posted by: BriSr Aug 26 2008, 01:25 PM August 26 MN History 1915 Severe cold and killing frosts across Minnesota with 23 degrees at Roseau. U.S. History # 1883 - Krakatoa Volcano exploded in the East Indies. The explosion was heard more than 2500 miles away, and every barograph around the world recorded the passage of the air wave, up to seven times. Giant waves, 125 feet high and traveling 300 mph, devastated everything in their path, hurling ashore coral blocks weighing up to 900 tons, and killing more than 36,000 persons. Volcanic ash was carried around the globe in thirteen days producing blue and green suns in the tropics, and then vivid red sunsets in higher latitudes. The temperature of the earth was lowered one degree for the next two years, finally recovering to normal by 1888. (David Ludlum) # 1949 - A hurricane made landfall at Delray Beach. Winds reached 153 mph at the Jupiter Lighthouse before the anemometer failed. The hurricane caused 45 million dollars damage to crops, and also caught the Georgia and South Carolina coast resulting in another two million dollars damage. (David Ludlum) # 1965 - Late night severe thunderstorms associated with an unusually strong late summer cold front produced 100 mph winds straight line winds in the Chicago area and northwest Indiana. In Lake County IND, high winds derailed a train near Crown Point, and left a canoe suspended among telephone lines. Two nights later the temperature at Midway Airport in Chicago dipped to 43 degrees, establishing a record for the month of August. (Storm Data) (Hugh Crowther) # 1976 - A weak tornado touched down briefly in the Hockley Hills near Kiana, AK, about 29 miles north of the Arctic Circle. (The Weather Channel) # 1987 - Showers and thunderstorms drenched northern Illinois during the morning and afternoon hours pushing August rainfall totals for Chicago, Moline and Peoria to new all-time highs for any month of the year. By the end of August, Chicago had received 17.10 inches of rain, which easily surpassed the previous record of 14.17 inches established in September 1961. (The National Weather Summary) # 1988 - A dozen cities in Texas, Colorado and California reported record high temperatures for the date, including readings of 100 degrees at Pueblo CO, 106 degrees at Wichita Falls TX, and 109 degrees at Redding CA. Afternoon thunderstorms in Utah deluged the town of Beaver with more than an inch of rain in twenty minutes. (The National Weather Summary) # 1989 - Anchorage, AK, was soaked with a steady rain, and the 24 hour total of 4.12 inches smashed their previous 24 hour precipitation total of 2.10 inches. It also pushed their rainfall total for the month past their previous record for August. (The National Weather Summary) ...and more History # 1864 - Cincinnati to Chicago passenger train was derailed by tornado at Dearborn IN, injuring 30 people. # 1992 - Hurricane Andrew makes its second landfall in Louisiana near Burns Point as a category 3 storm. The hurricane spawns a tornado at LaPlace Louisiana that is particularly destructive. Winds gusted to 108 mph at Morgan City. Hammond LA picked up a foot of rain. Damage in Louisiana totals $1.8 billion and 8 people lose their lives. # 1993 - Butte MT picked up 5 inches of heavy, early season snow. Posted by: BriSr Aug 27 2008, 01:36 PM August 27 MN History 1992 A chilly night in Embarrass. The temperature dipped to 28 degrees. U.S. History # 1893 - The first of three great hurricanes that year struck South Carolina drowning more than 1000 persons in a tidal surge at Charleston. (David Ludlum) # 1964 - Hurricane Cleo battered Miami and the South Florida area. It was the first direct hit for Miami in fourteen years. Winds gusted to 135 mph, and the hurricane caused 125 million dollars damage. (David Ludlum) # 1970 - Elko, NV, was deluged with 3.66 inches of rain in just one hour, establishing a state record. (The Weather Channel) # 1987 - Washington D.C. soared to a record hot 100 degrees, while clouds and rain to the north kept temperature readings in the 50s in central and southeastern New York State. (The National Weather Summary) # 1988 - Afternoon thunderstorms produced locally heavy rains in the southwestern U.S. Thunderstorms in eastern New Mexico produced wind gusts to 75 mph near the White Sands Missile Range, and produced three inches of rain in two hours near the town of Belen. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1989 - Afternoon and evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in southeastern Nebraska, eastern Kansas and Missouri. Thunderstorms produced baseball size hail south of Belleville KS, and tennis ball size hail south of Lincoln NE. Thunderstorms produced golf ball size hail and wind gusts to 70 mph at Saint Joseph MO. Thunder- storms in North Dakota deluged the town of Linton with six inches of rain in one hour. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) ...and more History # 1667 - A hurricane destroys efforts by the English to fortify Old Point Comfort. # 1856 - 3 inches of snow on peak of Mouth Washington NH. # 1881 - The Georgia Hurricane kills 335 people. Especially hard hit was Savannah and Charleston. # 1935 - .25 of inch of rain fell in San Francisco to establish their all-time 24 hour rainfall record for the month of August. # 1948 - 99 at Buffalo NY sets their all-time high temperature record. # 1964 - A tornado moved north, then west, then north again through the San Xavier Mission Indian village, four miles west-southwest of Tucson, Arizona. Four dwellings were demolished and there were 2 deaths with 9 injured. These were Arizona's first known tornado fatalities. # 1965 - Hurricane Betsy is born in the Atlantic. # 1971 - Tropical Storm Doria was moving up the East Coast. # 1973 - Largest hailstone ever recorded in Canada hit Cedoux, Saskatchewan. This stone was 4.5 inches in diameter and weighed a pound. # 1986 - Earliest time measurable snow was recorded at Sault St. Marie, MI. A mix of snow, ice pellets and rain fell on the city during the evening. # 1990 - New York City had a bout of severe weather. The Bronx received 4.24 inches of rain. A wind gust of 61 mph moved through LaGuardia Airport. At Nassau, 12 people were injured from an overturned boat. # 1991 - A tornado in Maskinonge, Quebec, moved through causing $17 million (Canadian) in damage. # 1995 - 12.32 inches of rain fell at Greer SC from the remnants of Tropical Storm Jerry, setting new 24 hour rainfall record for the state. # 1998 - Hurricane Bonnie passed just east of Cape Fear, NC late on the 26th and made landfall near Wilmington NC on the 27th as a Category 2 hurricane. Bonnie would be the first of 7 (3 hurricane and 4 tropical storms) named tropical systems to make landfall in the United States during the very busy hurricane season of 1998 (the most since 1985). The final bill: $720 million in damage. 3 people were killed by the storm. One of the biggest victims of Bonnie was the tourism industry in eastern North Carolina. The storm forced over 500,000 visitors to flee in advance of the storm. Posted by: BriSr Aug 28 2008, 01:23 PM August 28 MN History 1989 Baseball-sized hail pummels Pequot Lakes. U.S. History # 1898 - Torrents of rain accompanied by a furious wind upset the rain gage at Fort Mohave AZ. However, water in a wash tub set out on the mesa, clear of everything, measured eight inches after the 45 minute storm. (The Weather Channel) # 1911 - Saint George, GA, was deluged with 18.00 inches of rain in 24 hours to establish a state record. (The Weather Channel) # 1959 - Lieutenant Colonel William Rankin bailed out of his plane at a height of 46,000 feet into a violent thunderstorm, and lived to write about the 45 minute journey (which normally would have been a thirteen minute descent). He described it as one of the most bizarre and painful experiences imaginable. (The Weather Channel) # 1986 - The temperature at Apalachicola, FL, dipped to 62 degrees to shatter their previous August record by four degrees, having tied their August record high of 99 degrees on the 2nd of the month. (The Weather Channel) # 1987 - Severe thunderstorms broke the heat in the southeastern U.S. and the Gulf Coast Region, but not before seven cities reported record high temperatures for the date. The severe thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 80 mph downing large trees around Horse Shoe NC, and pelted southeastern Meridian MS with hail two inches in diameter. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1988 - Tropical Storm Chris spawned a tornado near Manning, SC, which killed one person, and spawned three tornadoes in North Carolina. Chris produced one to two foot tides, and three to six inch rains, over coastal South Carolina. Severe thunderstorms in New York State and Vermont, developing ahead of a cold front, spawned a tornado which killed one person at Hector NY, produced tennis ball size hail at Brandon VT, and produced wind gusts to 80 mph at Lyndonville VT. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1989 - Early morning thunderstorms in Nebraska produced 4.50 inches of rain around McCook, and 4.65 inches near Auburn and Brownville. Showers in Montana pushed the rainfall total for the month at Havre past the previous August record of 3.90 inches. (The National Weather Summary) ...and more History # 1971 - New Jersey is flooded by heavy rains from Tropical Storm Doria which made landfall on western Long Island. Winds gusted to 75 mph across parts of southern New England. Princeton records 11 inches of rain in 36 hours. Newark set their all time record rainfall in 24 hours with 7.84 inches. # 1973 - 4 killed and 43 injured in a New York tornado that leveled a truck stop at West Stockbridge. The twister was rated as an F4. The cloud tops on this thunderstorm reached an amazing 62,000 feet. # 1978 - Hail to 6 inches deep at Colorado Springs CO. # 1979 - 2.73 inches of rain fell in 50 minutes at Rochester MN. Extensive flooding was reported in the city. The rainfall put the city over the top for the month as the wettest August on record. # 1979 - A tornado struck a fully loaded semi-trailer truck on a highway in southwestern Iowa. The truck was carried through the air for 200 yards, fatally injuring the driver, who was found another 50 yards away. The twister was part of an outbreak of 20 tornadoes that occurred across a five state area on this date. # 1980 - 2 inches of snow at Sherman Pass in Washington. # 1989 - A man standing against a metal wall inside a mobile home was electrocuted when lightning struck the mobile home. # 1990 - The Plainfield (IL) Tornado occurred on this date. F5 tornado killed 29 people and injured 350 in northern Illinois' Kendall and Will counties. Total damage was $165 million. Warnings were not effective as information between spotters and the National Weather Service was botched. Posted by: BriSr Aug 29 2008, 01:21 PM August 29 MN History 1863 A devastating killing frost affected most of Minnesota, killing vines and damaging corn. 1948 An airliner crashed during a thunderstorm near Winona, killing 37 people on board. U.S. History # 1962 - Hackberry, LA, was deluged with twenty-two inches of rain in 24 hours, establishing a state record. (The Weather Channel) # 1965 - A national record for the month of August was established when 2.5 inches of snow fell atop Mount Washington NH. Temperatures in New England dipped to 39 degrees at Nantucket MA, and to 25 degrees in Vermont. For many location it was the earliest freeze of record. (David Ludlum) # 1987 - Some of the most powerful thunderstorms in several years developed over the piedmont of North Carolina, and marched across central sections of the state during the late afternoon and evening hours. Baseball size hail was reported around Albemarle, while thunderstorm winds downed giant trees around High Falls. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1988 - Cool air invaded the north central U.S. Ten cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Bismarck ND with a reading of 33 degrees. Deerfield, a small town in the Black Hills of South Dakota, reported a low of 23 degrees. The remnants of Tropical Storm Chris drenched eastern Pennsylvania with up to five and a half inches of rain, and produced high winds which gusted to 90 mph, severely damaging a hundred boats in Anne Arundel County MD. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) # 1989 - Evening thunderstorms produced destructive lightning in West Virginia. The lightning caused widespread damage, particularly in Doddridge County. Numerous trees were downed closing many roads. Fire companies had a difficult time tending to the many homes and trailers on fire. Anchorage AK reported a record 9.60 inches of rain for the month of August. The average annual precipitation for Anchorage is just slightly more than fifteen inches. Three day rainfall totals in northwest Missouri ranged up to 8.20 inches at Maryville. (The National Weather Summary) # 2005 - Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Plaquemines Parish in southeastern Louisiana early on the 29th with maximum sustained winds near 125 mph, a strong category-three, and the third most-intense landfalling hurricane in U.S. history. The center of the hurricane passed just east of New Orleans, where winds gusted over 100 mph. Widespread devastation and unprecedented flooding occurred, submerging at least 80 percent of the city as levees failed. Farther east, powerful winds and a devastating storm surge of 20-30 feet raked the Mississippi coastline, including Gulfport and Biloxi, where Gulf of Mexico floodwaters spread several miles inland. Rainfall amounts of 8-10 inches were common along and to the east of the storm's path. Katrina weakened to a tropical storm as it tracked northward through Mississippi and gradually lost its identity as it moved into the Tennessee Valley on the 30th, dumping heavy rainfall along its course. In areas of southeastern Louisiana eastward along the Mississippi and Alabama coastlines, thousands of houses and buildings were damaged or destroyed and more than 2.3 million people lost power. At least 1,836 people lost their lives, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane. The storm is estimated to have been responsible for $81.2 billion in damages. ...and more History # 1559 - Hurricane along Gulf Coast from Pensacola to Mobile. # 1960 - Hurricane Donna, the only storm on record to strike Florida, the mid-Atlantic states and New England, is born in the far eastern Atlantic. # 1974 - Hurricane Carmen is born east of the Lesser Antilles. # 1978 - The remnants of Tropical Storm Debra spawned a tornado in southern Memphis, Tennessee. The two miles long, 75-100 yards wide track left 26 injured and $4.6 million damage. No thunder or lightning was observed. The tornado came within one mile of Elvis Presley's Graceland. # 1979 - Hurricane Frederic is born in the Atlantic. # 1979 - The strong winds of powerful Hurricane David level the island of Dominca in the Lesser Antilles, resulting in 56 deaths on the tiny island and leaving 60,000 of the islands 80,000 inhabitants homeless. # 1980 - 2.23 inches of rain in less than one hour at Houston TX caused flooding in downtown area. # 1982 - 39 at Pittsburgh PA is their coldest reading ever in August. # 1984 - You would have to look back to the Dust Bowl Days of the 1930's to find a day when the temperature at Topeka KS reached 110 degrees before this date. # 1986 - Temperature dropped to 62 degrees at Apalachicola FL on this date to break their previous all-time August low by 4 degrees. Ironically, Apalachicola had just set their all-time record high for August earlier in the same month with a reading of 99 on the 2nd. # 1991 - Williamsport PA established their record for most 90 degree plus days in one year as the event occurred for the 38th time that year. # 1995 - The 1995 North Atlantic Hurricane Season was one of the busiest ever. The National Hurricane Center had their hands full on this date, as they tracked dissipating Tropical Storm Jerry, a strong tropical wave and 4 named storms (Hurricane Humberto, Hurricane Iris, Tropical Storm Karen and Tropical Storm Luis.) Posted by: BriSr Aug 30 2008, 03:02 PM August 30 MN History 1977 Flooding on the southwest side of the Twin Cities, with the international airport getting 7.28 inches of rain in 4 1/2 hours. U.S. History # 1776 - General Washington took advantage of a heavy fog to evacuate Long Island after a defeat. Adverse winds kept the British fleet from intervening. (David Ludlum) # 1839 - A hurricane moved from Cape Hatteras NC to offshore New England. An unusual feature of the hurricane was the snow it helped produce, which whitened the Catskill Mountains of New York State. Considerable snow was also reported at Salem NY. (The Weather Channel) # 1982 - A tropical depression brought torrential rains to portions of southern Texas. Up to twelve inches fell south of Houston, and as much as eighteen inches fell southeast of Austin. The tropical depression spawned fourteen tornadoes in three days. (David Ludlum) Record cold gripped the northeastern U.S. Thirty-one cities in New England reported record lows, and areas of Vermont received up to three inches of snow. (The Weather Channel) # 1987 - Eight cities in California and Oregon reported record high temperatures for the date, including Redding CA and Sacramento CA where the mercury hit 100 degrees. (The National Weather Summary) # 1988 - Thunderstorms drenched Georgia and the Carolinas with heavy rain, soaking Columbia, SC, with 4.10 inches in three hours. Fresno CA was the hot spot in the nation with a record high of 109 degrees. Duluth MN tied their record for the month of August with a morning low of 39 degrees. (The National Weather Summary) # 1989 - Thunderstorms developing ahead of a cold front produced large hail in Montana and North Dakota during the evening and early nighttime hours. Hail three inches in diameter was reported 20 miles south of Medora ND, and thunderstorms over Dawson County MT produced up to three inches of rain. Thunderstorms produced golf ball size hail at Roundup MT, Dazey ND and Protection KS. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) ...and more History # 1929 - Coastal fog contributed to the crash between the San Juan and an oil tanker off Santa Cruz CA. 70 passengers and crew of the San Juan drowned. # 1950 - Hurricane Baker makes landfall between Mobile and Pensacola. # 1954 - Hurricane Carol makes landfall along the east coast. Damage from the storm was the greatest on record up until that time. # 1962 - Hackberry LA gets 22 inches of rain in 24 hours to establish the state record. # 1965 - The reading of 46 degrees this morning at Raleigh NC was their coldest ever in August. # 1979 - Mighty Hurricane David grew into one of the most intense storms ever to cross the Caribbean Sea. After wiping out the tiny island of Dominica with 150 mph winds, David crashed ashore in the Dominican Republic at peak intensity on August 30th, with wind gusts over 200 mph. The central pressure in the storm was at its lowest at 924 mb. More than 1,200 people on the two-nation island were killed and over 80,000 were left homeless. Damage totaled more than $1 billion in the Caribbean alone. Skipping through the Bahamas, David struck a glancing blow on Florida, just north of the Gold Coast, tore across Cape Canaveral and then chewed its way up the East Coast on September 6th, downing trees and power lines well into New England. # 1985 - Massive evacuations are ordered from beachfront communities along the northern Gulf Coast as a strengthening Hurricane Elena made her move toward the coast just before a busy Labor Day weekend. But as the day wore on, Elena stalled and then turned abruptly to the east in response to a frontal trough. # 1989 - Lightning sets numerous house and trailer fires in West Virginia. Firefighters could not keep up with all the fires that were burning. # 1996 - The worst wildfire season in the U.S. west peaks as 52 major fires burn. Intense heat and drought in parts of the western United States this summer caused fires to spread quickly through parched grass, brush and forest. More than 5.7 million acres had burned during the year to that point, compared with a five-year average of just more than two million acres. Posted by: BriSr Sep 1 2008, 11:27 AM August 31 MN History 1947 Tornado hits Le Center, killing one person. 1949 Earliest snowfall known for Minnesota. A trace of snow fell at the new Duluth Airport. U.S. History # 1915 - The temperature at Bartlesville, OK, dipped to 38 degrees to establish a state record for the month of August. (The Weather Channel) # 1971 - The low of 84 degrees and high of 108 degrees at Death Valley, CA, were the coolest of the month. The average daily high was 115.7 degrees that August, and the average daily low was 93.4 degrees. (The Weather Channel) # 1984 - Lightning ignited several forest fires in Montana, one of which burned through 100,000 acres of timber and grassland. (The Weather Channel) # 1987 - Eight cities in Washington and Oregon reported record high temperatures for the date, including Eugene OR and Portland OR with afternoon highs of 102 degrees. The high of 102 degrees at Portland smashed their previous record for the date by twelve degrees. Frost was reported in South Dakota. Aberdeen SD established a record for the month of August with a morning low of 32 degrees, and Britton SD dipped to 31 degrees. (The National Weather Summary) # 1988 - August ended on a relatively mild and tranquil note for most of the nation. Forest fires in the northwestern U.S. scorched 180,000 acres of land during the last week of August. (The National Weather Summary) # 1989 - Thunderstorms developing along a stationary front spread severe weather from Minnesota to Indiana through the course of the day and night. Thunderstorms in Minnesota produced baseball size hail near Saint Michael and Hutchinson, and drenched Moose Lake with nine inches of rain in six hours. Tucson AZ hit 100 degrees for a record 79th time in the year, surpassing a record established the previous year. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) ...and more History # 1886 - The Great Charleston Quake occurs. 90 percent of the brick structures in the city are destroyed. Only 40 people are killed as a result of the quake. # 1889 - .61 inches of rain fell at Los Angeles CA. The amount was sufficient to establish records for 24 hour August rainfall as well as the most rainfall in any August. # 1922 - Incredible hailstorm at West Chester PA dropped so much hail that fields were covered with up to two feet of drifted hail - the next day! # 1954 - Hurricanes do tend to come in cycles. For several years, it seems that one area of the country will be primarily affected, then the focus will shift. In the 1950s, the East Coast was the preferred area of tropical activity. In 1954, three major hurricanes affected the east coast. Hurricane Carol, the first, made landfall in New England at Westhampton, Long Island, New York on this date. The storm moved through Connecticut and New Hampshire. At least 60 people lost their lives in the storm's furious assault. Maximum winds of 130 mph were recorded at Block Island, Rhode Island and 105 mph winds were recorded at Providence. Tides were 10-15 feet above normal. The damage, estimated at $460 million, exceeded any previous storm to that point. The historic steeple at Old North Church in Boston, from which Paul Revere received his famous signal, fell in the middle of the storm. Carol was topped only by the 1938 Hurricane in terms of severity in the Northeast. # 1964 - (Aug. 31 and Sept. 1) 11.40 inches of rain in 24 hours in Norfolk, VA, from Hurricane Cleo - an all-time record. # 1966 - Four year drought comes to an end across the East. # 1985 - Hurricane Elena stalled off the coast of West Central Florida and held it a virtual hostage. More than 300,000 residents fled their homes. Although Elena never came closer than 80 miles to the Tampa Bay area, its 40 to 50 mph sustained winds caused tides six feet above normal on the beaches and seven feet above normal in the bay. The storm killed four people, destroyed more than 250 homes and damaged thousands of others before reversing course and coming ashore in Mississippi. Total damages to man-made property in Florida were estimated at $213-million. # 1993 - Hurricane Emily rakes the North Carolina Outer Banks. Winds reach 98 mph at Cape Hatteras along with 7.51 inches of rain. Water levels reach 10.5 feet above normal in the sound north of Buxton. The water reached 8.5 feet in the villages of Frisco and Hatteras. Diamond Shoals buoy recorded sustained winds of 103 mph with gusts to 148 mph as the eye passed. # 1997 - 1997 becomes only third year in recorded history that no tropical storm occurred in August. Other years included 1941 and 1961. # 1997 - Driest August on record follows 3rd wettest July at Mobile, Alabama. Only 1.04 inches of rain fell at the Mobile weather office for the month of July. The previous low total was 1.26 set way back in 1884. August 1925 saw only 1.27 inches fall. Despite the dry August the summer months of June July and August will go into the books as the 11th wettest with a 3 month total of 28.05 inches, the bulk of which fell during July with 18.52.