HISTORICAL WEATHER EVENTS - 17 September
From the files of the Aviation Weather Center, Kansas
City, MO and Intellicast
- ...1932...Westerly, RI received 12.13 inches of rain, which
set a 24-hour precipitation record for the state. Concord, NH was
drenched with 5.97 inches of rain in 24 hours to establish a record for
that location (16th- 17th). (NCDC) (The Weather Channel)
two and a half inches of rain fell at Yuma, AZ in 24 hours. This rain,
from Tropical Storm Katherina, was the most intense rain for Yuma
during the period between 1909 and 1977. (The Weather Channel)
storm produced a band of heavy snow across parts of Wyoming. Totals of
23 inches at Rawlins and 20.7 inches at Lander easily surpassed
previous snowfall record totals for so early in the season. (15th-17th)
(The Weather Channel)
- ...1971...Boulder, CO was buried
under 21 inches of snow and Denver recorded 15.6 inches. Damage to
trees and power lines was extensive due to the wet nature of the snow.
Record breaking cold followed the snow.
produced large hail, damaging winds, and heavy rain in the northeastern
U.S. Heavy rain in southwestern Pennsylvania forced evacuation of
twenty homes along Four Mile Run Creek, near Darlington. Harrisburg, PA
established a record for the date with 2.11 inches of rain. A cold
front in the central U.S. brought freezing temperatures to parts of
Montana and Wyoming. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
in the morning a tornado hit Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX
injuring three persons and causing twenty-eight million dollars damage.
A second tornado on the northwest side of San Antonio caused six
million dollars damage, and a third tornado in Bexar County killed one
person and injured another. Thunderstorms associated with Hurricane
Gilbert spawned a total of forty-seven tornadoes in a two-day period,
with forty of those tornadoes in central and south-central Texas.
(Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)
Hugo hit the Virgin Islands, producing wind gusts to 97 mph at Saint
Croix. Hurricane Hugo passed directly over the island of Saint Croix
causing complete devastation and essentially cutting off the island
from communications. A storm surge of five to seven feet occurred at
Saint Croix. The only rain gauge left operating, at Caneel Bay,
indicated 9.40 inches in 24 hours. Hurricane Hugo claimed the lives of
three persons at Saint Croix and caused more than 500 million dollars
damage. A ship, Nightcap, in the harbor of Culebra, measured wind gusts
as high as 170 mph.
A cold front brought high winds to the Great
Basin and the Rocky Mountain Region, and thunderstorms along the cold
front produced wind gusts to 66 mph at Yellowstone Park, WY. (Storm
Data) (The National Weather Summary)
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