August 13 Weather History

...1795... The second hurricane of the year caused flooding in the Virginia and North Carolina area - it was a very wet summer! A sun was widely observed in the southern states. The phenomena was believed to have pre-staged Nat Turner's slave uprising.

...1919... High winds and heavy rain struck the Middle Atlantic Coast Region. In New Jersey, winds gusted to 60 mph at Atlantic City, and nine inches of rain fell at Tuckerton. The wind and rain leveled crops and stripped trees of fruit causing several million dollars damage.

...1831... A "blue sun" was observed widely in the south. It was thought to have presaged Nat Turner's slave uprising. The phenomenon continued several days.

...1980... The afternoon high at New York City was just 89 degrees. But there were fifteen days of 90 degree heat during the month, their hottest August of record.

...1985... Hail larger than golf balls, driven by 70 mph winds, moved down crops, stripped trees, and broke windows, near Logan KS. Road graders cleared three foot drifts of hail on Kansas Highway 9 east of Logan. 

...1987... Thunderstorms deluged the Central Gulf Coast States with torrential rains. Thunderstorms in Mississippi drenched Marion County with up to 15 inches of rain during the morning hours, with 12.2 inches reported at Columbia. Floodwaters swept cars away in the Lakeview subdivision of Columbia when the the Lakeview Dam broke. Flash flooding caused more than three million dollars damage in Marion County.

...1988... A dozen cities in the northeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. Lansing MI reported a record 35 days of 90 degree weather for the year, Detroit MI reported a record 37 days of 90 degree heat for the year, and Williamsport PA reported a record 38 days of 90 degree weather for the year.

...1989... Thunderstorms developing in a tropical air mass over the northeastern U.S. soaked Connecticut and Massachusetts with four to eight inches of rain over the weekend, between the 11th and 13th of the month. Hartford CT received 7.70 inches of rain.

...1989... Phoenix, Arizona topped out at over 100 degrees for the 65th day in a row. This set a new record for consecutive days above 100 degrees. The old record of 64 days was set back in 1989.

...2004... Hurricane Charley rapidly deepened just hours before landfall near Punta Gorda, Florida, going from a category 2 to a category 4 hurricane. Sustained winds at landfall were 150 mph and the pressure dropped to 941 millibars. Extreme wind damage occurred over all of Charlotte County with and 8 foot storm surge in Lee County. Well over hurricane force winds in gusts occurred far inland as the hurricane accelerated to the northeast. Orlando, Florida measured a peak gust of 105 mph -- an all-time record wind gust for this location. 15 people lost their lives to the hurricane and total damage was 14 billion dollars, making Charley the second costliest hurricane up to this time.

...2016... The high temperature at Newport, Rhode Island reached 89 and the dew point hit 79, setting a record for the date and the tied for the 2nd highest dew point at this location.

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