HISTORICAL WEATHER EVENTS - 22 September
FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
- The Autumnal Equinox --The Autumnal Equinox will occur this evening (officially at 0154Z on 23 September 2018 or 9:54 PM EDT or 8:54 PM CDT, etc. tonight, on the 22nd). At that time the noontime sun will appear directly above the equator, representing one of the two times during the year for such an occurrence, with the other being at the vernal equinox in March. The term "equinox" arises from the fact that this time of year represents "equal night" and equal day essentially everywhere. Within the subsequent several days, the length of daylight will become noticeably shorter. This decrease in daylight will continue for another three months to the winter solstice during the late afternoon of Friday, 21 December 2018.
From the files of the Aviation Weather Center, Kansas
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- ...1890...A severe hailstorm struck Strawberry, AZ. Five days after the storm hail still lay in drifts 12 to 18 inches deep. (The Weather Channel)
- ...1913...Des Moines, IA experienced their earliest freeze of record. (The Weather Channel)
- ...1961...Hurricane Esther made a near complete 350-mile circle south of Cape Cod from the 21st to the 25th. The hurricane then passed over Cape Cod and hit Maine. Its energy was largely spent over the North Atlantic Ocean, however, heavy rains over Maine resulted in widespread local flooding of cellars, low roads, and underpasses. (David Ludlum)
- . ..1983...Forty-one cities reported record low temperatures during the morning. Houston, TX hit 50 degrees, and Williston, ND plunged to 19 degrees. (The Weather Channel)
- ...1987...Hurricane Emily, the first hurricane to roam the Caribbean in nearly six years, made landfall over the Dominican Republic late in the day, packing 125 mph winds. Emily killed three persons and caused thirty million dollars damage. A record high of 92 degrees at Miami, FL was their fifth in a row. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)
- ...1988...An early morning thunderstorm produced baseball size hail at Plainview, in Hale County, TX. Late in the evening more thunderstorms in the Southern High Plains Region produced wind gusts to 75 mph at Plainview, TX and Crosby, TX. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)
- ...1989...Hurricane Hugo quickly lost strength over South Carolina, but still was a tropical storm as it crossed into North Carolina, just west of Charlotte, at about 7 AM. Winds around Charlotte reached 69 mph, with gusts to 99 mph. Eighty percent of the power was knocked out to Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Property damage in North Carolina was 210 million dollars, and damage to crops was 97 million dollars. The strongest storm surge occurred along the southern coast shortly after midnight, reaching nine feet above sea level at Ocean Isle and Sunset Beach. Hugo killed one person and injured fifteen others in North Carolina. Strong northwesterly winds ushered unseasonably cold air into the north central U.S., in time for the official start of autumn, at 8:20 PM (CDT). Squalls produced light snow in northern Wisconsin. Winds in Wisconsin gusted to 52 mph at Rhinelander. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)
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