August 16 Weather History

...1777... The Battle of Bennington, delayed a day by rain, was fought. The rain delayed British reinforcements, and allowed the Vermont Militia to arrive in time, enabling the Americans to win a victory by defeating two enemy forces, one at a time.

...1909... A dry spell began in San Bernardino County of southern California that lasted until the 6th of May in 1912, a stretch of 994 days! Another dry spell, lasting 767 days, then began in October of 1912.

...1916... Altapass NC was deluged with 22.22 inches of rain in 24 hours to establish a state record.

...1938... The high temperature at Newport, Rhode Island peaked at 92 degrees, breakintg the old record of 89 degrees set in 1928.

...1972... At Newport, Rhode Island the low temperature dipped to 52 degrees, breaking the previous record of 55 degrees that was set in 1964.

...1981... The barometric pressure fell to 29.38 inches of mercury at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the old record of 29.55 inches that was set back in 1943.

...1987... Afternoon and evening thunderstorms developing along a cold front produced severe weather from Oklahoma to Wisconsin and Lower Michigan. Thunderstorms in central Illinois produced wind gusts to 80 mph at Springfield which toppled two large beer tents at the state fair injuring 58 persons. Thunderstorms also drenched Chicago IL with 2.90 inches of rain, making August 1987 their wettest month of record.

...1988... Thunderstorms developing along a slow moving cold front produced severe weather from North Dakota to Lower Michigan during the day. Nine tornadoes were sighted in North Dakota, and thunderstorms also produced hail three inches in diameter at Lakota ND, and wind gusts to 83 mph at Marais MI. Thirty-seven cities in the northeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, including Rockford IL with a reading of 104 degrees.

...1989... Late afternoon and evening thunderstorms in the Central High Plains Region produced golf ball size hail at La Junta CO, Intercanyon CO, and Custer SD. Afternoon thunderstorms over South Texas drenched Brownsville with 2.60 inches of rain. Fair skies allowed viewing of the late evening full lunar eclipse from the Great Lakes Region to the Northern and Central Plains Region, and across much of the western third of the country.

...1995... The dew point at Newport, Rhode Island rose to 78 degrees, breaking the old record of 74 degrees set back in 1955.

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