HISTORICAL WEATHER EVENTS - 20 September
From the files of the Aviation Weather Center, Kansas City, MO and Intellicast
- ...1845...A family of up to four tornadoes, called the "Great Adirondack Tornado,"
traveled 275 miles across Lake Ontario, New York and Lake Champlain,
after starting as a waterspout over Lake Ontario and then traveling as
a tornado through New York State to exit as a waterspout again on Lake
Champlain. The tree fall in the forest is still discernible. (Sandra and
TI Richard Sanders - 1987) (Intellicast) (National Weather Service files)
- ...1909...A strong hurricane made landfall in southeastern
Louisiana. A 15-foot storm surge flooded the Timbalier Bay area. At
least 350 people perished. (Intellicast)
- ...1926...A hurricane which hit Miami, FL on the 18th,
pounded Pensacola with wind gusts to 152 mph. Winds raged in excess of
100 mph for four hours, and above 75 mph for 20 hours. (The Weather
- ...1967...Hurricane Beulah moved into South Texas with
gusts to 136 mph near Brownsville. The storm was a slow mover and
torrential rains from the hurricane turned the rich agricultural areas
of South Texas into a large lake. Pettus, TX had 27.38 inches.
Hurricane Beulah also spawned a record 115 tornadoes for a hurricane.
Thirteen people perished and damage was set at $200 million (David
- ...1983...The temperature at West Yellowstone, MT plunged
to six degrees below zero, while the temperature at San Francisco, CA
soared to 94 degrees. (The Weather Channel)
- ...1984...Four days of heavy rains come to an end in
extreme south Texas. Port Isabel recorded a total of 21.27 inches while
Brownsville, TX had 15.19 inches. Brownsville International Airport was
closed for 4 days due to extensive flooding. Total damages were $30
- ...1987...Afternoon and evening thunderstorms produced
severe weather in Oklahoma and west Texas. In Oklahoma, a thunderstorm
at Seiling produced three inches of rain in one hour, golf ball size
hail, and wind gusts to 6 0 mph which collapsed a tent at the state
fair injuring nine persons. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
- ...1988...Showers and thunderstorms produced locally heavy
rains in central Wyoming, and snow in some of the higher elevations.
Casper, WY reported 1.75 inches of rain in 24 hours, and a thunderstorm
north of the Wild Horse Reservoir produced 1.90 inches of rain in just
- ...1989...Hugo jilted Iris. Hurricane Hugo churned toward
the South Atlantic Coast, gradually regaining strength along the way.
Tropical Storm Iris got too close to Hugo, and began to weaken. A cold
front brought strong and gusty winds to the Great Basin and the
Southern Plateau Region, with wind gusts to 44 mph reported at Kingman,
AZ. (The National Weather Summary)
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