August 23 Weather History

...1683... A hurricane struck the Atlantic Coast, moving from Virginia to Massachusetts. Extensive damage was done in Rhode Island, and the torrential rains from the hurricane caused the Connecticut River to rise 26 feet above its usual level. All crops along the river were inundated and carried away by the floods.

...1906... Thunderstorms deluged Kansas City MO with six inches of rain during the early morning, including nearly three inches in thirty minutes.

...1921... Denver CO was drenched with 2.20 inches of rain in one hour, a record for that location.

...1930... A wind gust of 48 miles per hour was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island on this day, setting the record high wind gust for the date.

...1933... The Chesapeake-Potomac hurricane moved over Norfolk VA and Washington D.C. A tide seven feet above normal flooded businesses in Norfolk, and damage in Maryland was estimated at seventeen million dollars.

...1957... At Newport, Rhode Island, the low temperature dipped to 47 degrees, breaking the previous record of 49 degrees set the year before in 1956.

...1960... The high temperature peaked at 88 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the old record of 86 degrees that was set back in 1939.

...1970... Dry thunderstorms ignited more than one hundred fires in the Wenatchee and Okanogan National Forests of Washington State. Hot, dry, and windy weather spread the fires, a few of which burned out of control through the end of the month. More than 100,000 acres burned.

...1987... A cold front brought autumn-like weather to the Northern and Central Plains Region. Afternoon highs were in the 50s and 60s across parts of Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska that just two days earlier were in the 90s or above 100 degrees. Thunderstorms produced locally heavy rain in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

...1988... Thunderstorms produced hail an inch in diameter, wind gusts to 64 mph, and 2.62 inches of rain at Tucson AZ resulting in three million dollars damage. Cool weather prevailed in the northeastern U.S. Hartford CT reported a record low of 42 degrees.

...1989... Thunderstorms produced heavy rain with flash flooding in West Virginia. Pickens WV reported 4.80 inches of rain in 24 hours. Evening thunderstorms in Mississippi deluged Alta Woods with 4.25 inches of rain in less than an hour. Thunderstorms also produced heavy rain in southeastern Kentucky, and flooding was reported along Big Creek and along Stinking Creek. The Stinking Creek volunteer fire department reported water levels 12 to 14 feet above bank full. Fort Worth TX hit the 100 degree mark for the first time all year. Strong winds ushering cool air into northwest Utah gusted to 70 mph, raising clouds of dust in the salt flats.

...1992... An unusually strong surge of arctic air combined with a strong upper level trough resulted in record early snowfall and cold temperatures over north central Montana. Great Falls had 5 inches of snow. Never before in the 100 years of records kept at Great Falls had snow ever fallen in august, let alone accumulated on the ground. Many Glacier in Glacier National Park measured 13 inches. All-time record low temperatures for the month of August were set at Great Falls (32 degrees) and at billings (39 degrees). -Hurricane Andrew, with winds at 150 mph, struck northern Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas while on its way to south Florida. The storm surge reached a phenomenal 23 feet. 3 deaths occurred on the North Eleuthera mainland. Winds at Nassau gusted to 115 mph. Total damage in the Bahamas was placed at 250 million dollars.

...1998... The remains of Tropical Storm Charley dumped 17.03 inches of rain on Del Rio, Texas on this day -- by far the largest one day total rainfall record for the city, and making this August the wettest on record for the city.

...2007... The low wind gust record was broken on this day at Newport, Rhode Island when the wind gusted only to 10 miles per hour, breaking the old record of 11 miles per hour that was set back in 1974.

...2009... Hurricane Bill passed just east of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. Newport, Rhode Island received .45 inche of rain, a wind gust of 22 miles per hour and a low barometric pressure of 29.64 inches of mercury.

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