August 9 Weather History

...1878... The second most deadly tornado in New England history struck Wallingford CT killing 34 persons, injuring 100 others, and completely destroying thirty homes. The tornado started as a waterspout over a dam on the Quinnipiac River. It was 400 to 600 feet wide, and had a short path length of two miles.

...1930... The record high temperature for the state of Tennessee was set at Perryville. The mercury climbed to 113 degrees.

...1955... The low temperature at Newport, Rhode Island dropped to 51 degrees, breaking the old record of 54 degrees set back in 1899.

...1969... A tornado hit Cincinnati OH killing four persons and causing fifteen million dollars property damage. The tornado moved in a southeasterly direction at 40 to 50 mph.

...1980... At Newport, Rhode Island the high temperature peaked at 92 degrees, breaking the previous record of 91 degrees set in 1941.

...1987... Florida baked in the summer heat. Nine cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including Jacksonville with a reading of 101 degrees. Miami FL reported a record high of 98 degrees.

...1988... Tropical Storm Beryl deluged Biloxi with 6.32 inches of rain in 24 hours, and in three days drenched Pascagoula MS with 15.85 inches of rain. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in the Southern Plains Region and over the Central High Plains Region. Thunderstorms in Oklahoma produced wind gusts to 92 mph at Harrah.

...1989... Evening thunderstorms in Arizona deluged Yuma with record torrential rains for the second time in two weeks. The rainfall total of 5.25 inches at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot established a state 24 hour record, and was nearly double the normal annual rainfall. Some of the homes were left with four feet of water in them. Seventy-six cities in the south central and eastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. Lake Charles LA equaled their record for August with a low of 61 degrees. Canaan Valley WV was the cold spot in the nation with a low of 32 degrees.

...1992... 5.58 inches of rain in heavy thunderstorms deluged Newport, Rhode Island, shattering the daily record of 2.33 inches that was set in 1976.  .91 of rain fell in one hour, breaking that record of .59 set in 1982.  The 5.58 inches was the highest for any August and the fourth highest daily rainfall at the station.

...2001... The heat index at Newport, Rhode Island was a hot 98 degrees, breaking the old record of 94 degrees set back in 1980.

...2003... The record high temperature for the state of Tennessee was set at Perryville. The mercury climbed to 113 degrees.

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