August 2 Weather History

...1794... A hurricane drove a Spanish fleet of 18 vessels onto the Hatteras Shoals.

...1927... A wind gust of 43 miles per hour was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the old record of 31 miles per hour set in 1901.

...1947... At Newport, Rhode Island the low temperature fell to 55 degrees, setting the record low temperature for the date. It was latered tied in 1985.

...1951... The relative humidity at Newport, Rhode Island was a dry 29%, setting the record low for the date.  It was tied for the second lowest humidty for August.

...1954... Severe thunderstorms produced golf ball size hail for thirty minutes in north central Kansas. One drift measured 200 feet long, seventy feet wide and three feet deep.

...1965... Newport, Rhode Island was hit with a heavy thunderstorm on this day. 2.50 inches of rain was the day total, breaking the recrod of 1.58 inches set in 1952 and the hourly rain record was broken when 1.05 inches fell, breaking the old record of .56 inches, also set in 1952.

...1975... Record heat gripped New England. Newport, Rhode Island recorded it's highest temperature since records were kept (since 1893) when the mercury peaked at 99 degrees.  The previous record was 94 degrees set back in 1933.  Highs of 104 degrees at Providence RI, and 107 degrees at Chester MA and New Bedford MA, established state records. The heat index record was shattered also when it got to 113 degrees, breaking the old record of 99 degrees set in 1955. The heat along the coast of Maine was unprecedented, with afternoon highs of 101 degrees at Bar Harbor and 104 degrees at Jonesboro.

...1987... Hot weather continued in the central U.S. Fifteen cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including Concordia KS with a reading of 106 degrees, and Downtown Kansas City MO with a high of 105 degrees. Evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in the Ohio Valley and the north central U.S. Thunder-storms in South Dakota produced wind gusts to 70 mph at Philip, and hail two inches in diameter at Faulkton.

...1988... Searing heat continued from the Middle and Upper Mississippi Valley to the Middle and Northern Atlantic Coast States. Twenty-six cities reported record high temperatures for the date. Chicago IL reported a record seven days of 100 degree heat for the year.

...1989... Low pressure representing the remains of Hurricane Chantal deluged north central Texas with heavy rain. Up to 6.50 inches drenched Stephens County, and Wichita Falls reported 2.22 inches of rain in just one hour. Bismarck ND reported a record warm morning low of 75 degrees, and record hot afternoon high of 101 degrees, and evening thunderstorms in North Dakota produced wind gusts to 78 mph at Lakota. Early evening thunderstorms in Florida produced high winds which downed trees at Christmas.

...2006... At Newport, Rhode Island the dew point peaked at 79 degrees, breaking the old record of 77 degrees set in 195. The 79 degrees was tied for the 2nd highest dew point recorded at the station.

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