August 20 Weather History

...1794... The "Battle of Fallen Timbers" took place on the Maumee River in northwestern Ohio at the sight of a windfall from a tornado.

...1886... The town of Indianola TX was completely destroyed by a hurricane, and never rebuilt.

...1910... The "big blow up" of forest fires finally came to an end in Idaho. A record dry August fueled 1736 fires which burned three million acres destroying six billion board feet of timber. The fires claimed the lives of 85 persons, 78 of which were fire fighters, and consumed the entire town of Wallace. The smoke spread a third of the way around the world producing some dark days in the U.S. and Canada. The forest fires prompted federal fire protection laws.

...1969... What once was Super Hurricane Camille was now only a tropical depression as it drifted across the Mid Atlantic states during the early morning hours on this date. However, deadly forces were still at work as Camille interacted with the jet stream and unloaded a tremendous amount rain over Nelson and adjacent counties in Virginia. Some locations had 31 inches of rain in only 6 hours, resulting in extreme flooding that killed 109 people. No warning was issued but this would have made little difference since most were asleep as houses were destroyed. One resident of Nelson County said "the rain didn't just fall in drops -- it was just a solid sheet of water". It was said that the rain was so heavy that birds, which have nostrils on the tops of their beaks, drowned while perched on trees. After this event, the total damage from Camille was 1.4 billion dollars.

...1987... Half a dozen cities in the Central Plains Region reported record high temperatures for the date, including Pueblo CO with a reading of 102 degrees, and Goodland KS with a high of 104 degrees. Hill City KS reached 106 degrees.

...1988... Sheridan WY reported a record hot temperature reading of 100 degrees. Evening thunderstorms produced golf ball size hail near Fortuna ND, and wind gusts to 70 mph near Webster SD.

...1989... Early morning thunderstorms produced heavy rain in southeast Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma, with up to six inches reported around Tulsa OK. Some roads in the Tulsa area were closed by water 10 to 12 feet deep. Evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas. Thunderstorms produced winds gusts to 75 mph in Major County OK, and hail two inches in diameter at Jennings KS.

...1992... Tropical Storm Andrew continued his struggle to maintain himself near 22N/63W as strong upper level winds from a cold upper low to its north sheared the convection. Despite Andrew's broad, poorly organized center with a lowest sea level pressure of only 1015 millibars (29.97 inches), an Air Force reconnaissance plane still found sustained 80 mph winds at the 1500 foot level in the northeastern quadrant of the storm. Andrew managed to hold his own and once the wind shear abated late on the 21st, the storm began a rapid intensification curve and eventually became a strong category four hurricane that went on to devastate south Florida as a massive high pressure area built to Andrew's north and steered him westward.

...1994... El Paso, Texas hit 100 degrees for the 56th time this year. This set a new record for days 100 or above in a single year for the city. The old record was 55 days set back in 1980.

...1997... The remains of Tropical Storm Ignacio dumped unusually heavy August rains over San Francisco, California. .73 inches of rain fell downtown for the city's second greatest rainfall total for the month of August ever. -A coastal storm unloaded 11.12 inches of rain on the Atlantic City International Airport in Pomona, New Jersey to set a record for the most rainfall in a single day at the location. The city ended up with 13.52 inches for the storm which set a new record for the most rainfall in any month.

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