HISTORICAL WEATHER EVENTS - 23 August
From the files of the Aviation Weather Center, Kansas City, MO and Intellicast
- ...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)
- ...1933...The Chesapeake-Potomac hurricane made landfall over Nag's Head, NC and moved over Norfolk, VA, Chesapeake Bay and Washington, DC. Winds gusted to 88 mph at Norfolk, VA. A tide seven feet above normal flooded businesses in Norfolk, and damage in Maryland was estimated at seventeen million dollars. Sixty percent of Atlantic City, NJ was flooded as was 10 square miles of southwest Philadelphia, PA. Forty seven people were killed and damage was estimated at $47 million (in depression-era dollars) (David Ludlum) (Intellicast)
- ...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 one 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)
- ...1992...Hurricane Andrew on its way to Florida with winds of 150 mph, struck northern Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas. The storm surge reached 23 feet. Total damage on the islands topped $250 million.
An unusually strong surge of arctic air resulted in a record early snow and record cold temperatures over Montana. Great Falls had 5 inches of snow, first ever in August. Glacier National Park measured 13 inches. (Intellicast)
- ...2005...Hurricane Katrina formed from Tropical Depression Twelve over the southeastern Bahamas. Katrina would become the costliest ($81.2 billion) and one of the most deadly hurricanes (1,836 lives) in U.S. history. (National Weather Service files)
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