August 22 Weather History

...1746... Salem, Massachusetts had a cold night, with "some frost so as to kill corn leaves", according to the Lt. John Preston diary.

...1816... The growing season for corn was cut short as damaging frosts were reported from North Carolina to interior New England.

...1857... A tornado tore through Woodland, Wisconsin. Although it leveled every building in the town, there were no deaths.

...1908... 2.21 inches of rain fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the old record of .58 inches set in 1897.

...1921... Tybee Island, Georgia was hit by a tornado which destroyed a wing of the U.S. Army barracks

...1923... The temperature at Anchorage AK reached 82 degrees, a record for August for the location which was later tied on the 2nd in 1978.

...1951... A tornado ripped through Middlesex County in Massachusetts. The tornado swept through Waltham, Belmont, West Cambridge, Arlington, and Medford. A great amount of damage was done.

...1957... At Newport, Rhode Island the barometric pressure rose to 30.49 inches, breaking the previous record of 30.31 inches set in 1954.

...1976... Three heat related records were broken at Newport, Rhode Island on this date. The high temperature peaked at 90 degrees. breaking the record of 88 degrees set in 1945 and 1955; the dew point was a very sticky 78 degrees, shattering the old record of 72 degrees set in 1960; and the heat index was a hot 103 degrees, breaking the previous record of 94 degrees that was set back in 1955.

...1977... .87 inches of rain fell in one hour at Newport, Rhode Island, shattering the previous record of .26 inches set back in 1952.

...1982... At Newport, Rhode Island the low temperature fell to 47 degrees, breaking the previous record of 48 degrees that was set back in 1895.

...1987... A cold front lowered temperatures 20 to 40 degrees across the north central U.S., and produced severe thunderstorms in Ohio and Lower Michigan. An early morning thunderstorm near Sydney MI produced high winds which spun a car around 180 degrees.

...1988... Afternoon highs of 88 degrees at Astoria OR and 104 degrees at Medford OR were records for the date, and the number of daily record highs across the nation since the first of June topped the 2000 mark.

...1989... Evening thunderstorms in the central U.S. produced golf ball size hail at May City IA, and wind gusts to 66 mph at Balltown IA. Lightning struck a barn in Fayette County IA killing 750 hogs. Evening thunderstorms in Montana produced wind gusts to 70 mph at Havre.

...1990... Thunderstorms dumped extremely heavy rains in Lancaster and Northumberland Counties in Virginia. Nassawadox recorded 12 inches in just 2 hours. 13.5 inches fell at Dividing Creek in only a few hours. Numerous road washouts occurred including several on US 13, a major route to the Tidewater area.

...1994... Hurricane John bottomed out at under 920 millibars 390 miles south of Hilo, Hawaii to become the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the central Pacific. Sustained winds at this time were 170 mph. This was the third category 5 hurricane in the central Pacific in only a month -- unprecedented since records began.

...2003... Cheyenne, Wyoming topped out at 92 degrees for a high this day, making it the 32nd 90 degree day this year -- a record for the location.

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