August 21 Weather History

...1883... A tornado hit Rochester MN killing 31 persons and wrecking 1351 dwellings.

...1888... A tornado swarm occurred in Maryland and Delaware. Many waterspouts were seen over Chesapeake Bay.

...1913... The low temperature dipped to 50 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, breakintg the record of 53 degrees set in 1897.

...1918... A tornado struck Tyler MN killing 36 persons and destroying most of the business section of the town resulting in a million dollars damage.

...1955... The high temperature at Newport, Rhode Island soared to 92 degrees, breaking the old record of 91 degrees set in 1937 and the heat index was a hot 100 degrees, setting the record high heat index for the date.

...1983... The temperature at Fayetteville NC soared to 110 degrees to establish a state record.

...1987... Early morning thunderstorms produced severe weather in eastern Iowa and west central Illinois. Thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 82 mph at Moline IL, and tennis ball size hail at Independence IA. Rock Island IL was drenched with 3.70 inches of rain. Total damage for the seven county area of west central Illinois was estimated at twelve million dollars.

...1988... Thunderstorms spawned several tornadoes in Iowa, produced wind gusts to 63 mph in the Council Bluffs area, and drenched Sioux Center IA with up to 6.61 inches of rain.

...1989... Afternoon and evening thunderstorms produced severe weather from Kansas to Minnesota and North Dakota. Thunderstorms in Minnesota produced baseball size hail from Correll to north of Appleton. Thunderstorms in north central Kansas produced wind gusts higher than 100 mph at Wilson Dam. Thunderstorms around Lincoln NE produced baseball size hail and up to five inches of rain, and Boone NE was deluged with five inches of rain in an hour and a half.

...1992... For the 40th day in a row, Sacramento, California hit the 90 degree mark. This was the last day in the string of days of 90 or above but the stretch of days set a new record for number of consecutive 90 degree days for the city. The old record was 35 days in a row set back in 1967.

...1997... 1.97 inches of rain fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the old record of 1.93 inches set back in 1893.

...2009... At Newport, Rhode Island the dew point rose to 77 degrees, breaking the previous record of 75 degrees set in 1955, 1959 and 2005.

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