August 26 Weather History

...1883... Krakatoa Volcano exploded in the East Indies. The explosion was heard more than 2500 miles away, and every barograph around the world recorded the passage of the air wave, up to seven times. Giant waves, 125 feet high and traveling 300 mph, devastated everything in their path, hurling ashore coral blocks weighing up to 900 tons, and killing more than 36,000 persons. Volcanic ash was carried around the globe in thirteen days producing and green suns in the tropics, and then vivid red sunsets in higher latitudes. The temperature of the earth was lowered one degree for the next two years, finally recovering to normal by 1888.

...1885... Snow flurries occurred in Pennsylvania, New York, and New England. The flurries were seen as far south in New England as Hartford, Connecticut.

...1924... A hurricane brushed New England with 80 mph winds reported at Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, Massachusetts. The pressure at Nantucket Island dropped to 28.71 inches. In Rhode Island, Block Island recorded a wind gust of 78 miles per hour and at Newport, 4.43 inches of rain fell (breaking the record of 2.13 inches set in 1922) and a wind gust of 57 miles per hour was recorded (breaking the record of 32 miles per hour, set in 1908). The 4.43 inches of rain was the 2nd highest daily rainfall at that time and still stands as the daily highest rainfall for the date.

...1948... The high temperature at Newport, Rhode Island soared to 98 degrees, breaking the daily record of 88 that was set back in 1893 and it was tied for the second hottest day at the station.  It was the beginning of a four day stretch of 90 degree plus days, the second longest consecutive 90 degree plus stretch at the station.

...1949... A hurricane made landfall at Delray Beach. Winds reached 153 mph at the Jupiter Lighthouse before the anemometer failed. The hurricane caused 45 million dollars damage to crops, and also caught the Georgia and South Carolina coast resulting in another two million dollars damage.

...1965... Late night severe thunderstorms associated with an unusually strong late summer cold front produced 100 mph winds straight line winds in the Chicago area and northwest Indiana. In Lake County IND, high winds derailed a train near Crown Point, and left a canoe suspended among telephone lines. Two nights later the temperature at Midway Airport in Chicago dipped to 43 degrees, establishing a record for the month of August.

...1976... A weak tornado touched down briefly in the Hockley Hills near Kiana AK, about 29 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

...1981... The temperature fell to 45 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island on this day, breaking the old record of 49 degrees that was set in 1955. .

...1985... 3.72 inches of rain in thunderstorms fell at Newport, Rhode Island.  1.15 inches of rain fell in one hour, breaking the old record of .26 inches that was set in 1958.

...1987... Showers and thunderstorms drenched northern Illinois during the morning and afternoon hours pushing August rainfall totals for Chicago, Moline and Peoria to new all-time highs for any month of the year. By the end of August, Chicago had received 17.10 inches of rain, which easily surpassed the previous record of 14.17 inches established in September 1961.

...1988... A dozen cities in Texas, Colorado and California reported record high temperatures for the date, including readings of 100 degrees at Pueblo CO, 106 degrees at Wichita Falls TX, and 109 degrees at Redding CA. Afternoon thunderstorms in Utah deluged the town of Beaver with more than an inch of rain in twenty minutes.

...1989... Anchorage AK was soaked with a steady rain, and the 24 hour total of 4.12 inches smashed their previous 24 hour precipitation total of 2.10 inches. It also pushed their rainfall total for the month past their previous record for August.

...1992... Hurricane Andrew made its second landfall near Burns Point, Louisiana as a category 3 hurricane. Morgan City recorded sustained winds of 92 mph with a peak gust of 108 mph. Hammond, Louisiana was deluged with 11.92 inches of rain. Late on the 25th, one of Andrew's rain bands spawned an F3 tornado which tracked 9 miles from Laplace to Reserve, Louisiana. This tornado killed 2 people and injured 32. 6 other people were killed as a result of the hurricane's second landfall and total damage was 1.8 billion dollars. As the Andrew moved inland and weakened, he spawned 47 tornadoes from the 26th to the 28th from the South to the Mid Atlantic states. -Elko, Nevada dipped to 20 degrees to set not only a new record low temperature for the day but also a new record low for the month of August. The old monthly record low for August was 24 degrees set on the 30th in 1932.

...1993... Very early season snow occurred at Butte, Montana. 5 inches of wet snow fell.

...2002... For the third day in a row, Alamosa, Colorado set both high and low temperature records for the day with 88 and 31 degrees, respectively.

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