August 8 Weather History

...1748... Reverend Joseph Emerson of Groton, Massachusetts observed: "we had here a terrible tornado with shocking thunder."

...1878... The temperature at Denver CO soars to an all-time record high of 105 degrees.

...1881... A cloudburst and flash flood occurred at Central Springs CO and Idaho Springs CO.

...1882... An August snowstorm was reported by a ship on Lake Michigan. A thick cloud reportedly burst on the decks covering them with snow and slush six inches deep. Snow showers were observed at shore points that day.

...1909... The high temperature at Newport, Rhode Island peaked at 92 degrees, breaking the old record of 87 degrees set in 1896.

...1957... 2.44 inches of rain fell at Newport, Rhode Island on this day, breaking the previous record of 1.62 inches set back in 1927.

...1976... Hurricane Bell passed through western Conneticut on this day and the 9th, affecting Newport, Rhode Island with 4.80 of rain, a wind gust of 52 miles per hour and a barometric reading of 29.69 inches.   The water from the ocean came up and onto the boardwalk at Easton's Beach.

...1983... The temperature at Big Horn Basin WY reached 115 degrees to establish a state record.

...1987... Thunderstorm rains in eastern Nebraska sent the Wahoo River and Ithica River above flood stage. Thunderstorm rains in western Iowa sent the Nishnabotna River over flood stage. Up to seven inches of rain deluged the Council Bluffs area Friday evening and Saturday morning. Thunderstorms produced 4.4 inches of rain in three hours Friday evening, along with golf ball size hail.

...1988... Thunderstorms developing along a slow moving cold front produced severe weather from central Kansas to southern Wisconsin late in the day. Thunderstorms in Iowa produced hail three inches in diameter at Vinton, and produced wind gusts to 75 mph at Donohue and near Mount Pleasant.

...1989... A total of ninety-nine cities in the central and eastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date, including Alpena MI with a reading of 40 degrees. Mount Mitchell NC was the cold spot in the nation with a morning low of 35 degrees. Early evening thunderstorms around Las Vegas NV produced wind gusts to 116 mph. The high winds damaged or destroyed about eighty-two aircraft at Henderson Sky Harbor Airport and McCarran International Airport, causing fourteen million dollars damage.

...1999... At Newport, Rhode Island 1.54 inches of rain fell in one hour, breaking the old record of .49 inches that was set back in 1976.

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