August 3 Weather History

...1885... A tornado hit Philadelphia and Camden along its eight mile path.

...1898... Philadelphia, Pennsylvania had one of its worst thunderstorms ever. 5.84 inches of rain fell in 2 hours.

...1940... The low temperature at Newport, Rhode Island dipped to 52 degrees, setting the record low temperature for the date. It was later tied in 1956 and 1964.

...1944... Hurricane # 3 passed to the south of Rhode Island as a tropical depression, rainfall total was 1.10 inches.

...1970... Hurricane Celia, one of the most vicious hurricanes in Texas history, made landfall near Port Aransas. Corpus Christi received the full brunt of the storm as sustained winds of 125 mph with a peak gust to 161 mph caused severe damage in the city. At Aransas Pass, wind gusts were estimated at 180 mph. 8950 homes were destroyed on the coastal bend. The pressure dropped to 945 millibars (27.89 inches) at Ingleside. Even at Del Rio, over 250 miles inland, a weakening Celia produced a wind gust to 89 mph. 11 people lost their lives and 466 were injured. Total damage was $454 million.

...1975... The high temperature soared to 94 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the old record of 90 degrees set back in 1957.

...1987... A severe thunderstorm moved across Cheyenne WY during the mid-afternoon. The thunderstorm produced hailstones up to two inches in diameter causing more than 37 million dollars damage. The eastern U.S. sweltered in the heat. A dozen cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including Paducah KY with a reading of 102 degrees. Beckley WV established an all-time record with an afternoon high of 93 degrees.

...1988... Thunderstorms developing ahead of a slow moving cold front produced severe weather from the Central High Plains to the Upper Great Lakes Region. Thunderstorms around Fort Collins CO produced wind gusts to 74 mph along with marble size hail. Sixteen persons were injured in the storm, most of whom were accidently locked out of their office building, having evacuated it when the fire alarm went off, apparently triggered by lightning.

...1989... Thunderstorms representing what remained of Hurricane Chantal drenched Wichita KS with 2.20 inches of rain in four hours during the early morning. Thunderstorms developing in Minnesota produced wind gusts to 85 mph at Baudette during the afternoon, and softball size hail at Lake Kabetogama, during the evening. Jamestown ND reported a record hot afternoon high of 103 degrees.

...1995... 4.83 inches of rain fell at South Bend, Indiana in 24 hours -- the city's greatest 24 hour rainfall on record.

...2006... At Newport, Rhode Island it was a very warm and sticky day as the dew point rose to 78 degrees, breaking the old record of 77 degees, set in 1975 and the heat index was a hot 108 degrees, breaking the previous record of 107 degrees that was set in 1975.

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