August 30 Weather History

...1776... General Washington took advantage of a heavy fog to evacuate Long Island after a defeat. Adverse winds kept the British fleet from intervening.

...1838... A tornado struck the Providence, Rhode Island area, leaving a path which went 25 miles into Massachusetts as far as Freetown. No fatalities occurred but extensive minor damage was done.

...1839... A hurricane moved from Cape Hatteras NC to offshore New England. An unusual feature of the hurricane was the snow it helped produce, which whitened the Catskill Mountains of New York State. Considerable snow was also reported at Salem NY.

...1907... Snow fell on Monadnock Mountain in southern New Hampshire.

...1953... At Newport, Rhode Island the maximum relative humidty was a very dry 59%, shattering the old record of 88% set in 1951.  The normal maximum relative humidty for the date is 92%.

...1960... At Newport, Rhode Island the heat index was a hot 103 degrees, setting the record high for the date.  It was later tied in 1973.

...1962... Hackberry, Louisiana was deluged with 22 inches of rain in 24 hours, establishing a state record.

...1973... The high temperature peaked at 93 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the old record of 92 degrees set back in 1953.

...1982... A tropical depression brought torrential rains to portions of southern Texas. Up to twelve inches fell south of Houston, and as much as eighteen inches fell southeast of Austin. The tropical depression spawned fourteen tornadoes in three days. Record cold gripped the northeastern U.S. Thirty-one cities in New England reported record lows, and areas of Vermont received up to three inches of snow.

...1985... Newport, Rhode Island was deluged by a two day rainfall total of 5.27 inches.  3.72 inches of rain fell on 30th, shattering the record of 1.45 inches set back in 1919  and and 1.55 inches fell on the 31st.  1.01 inches of rain fell in one hour on the 30th, shattering that record of .47 inches set in 1977.

...1986... At Newport, Rhode Island the low temperature fell to 46 degrees, breaking the old record of 49 degrees set in 1976. The maximum barometric pressure rose to to 30.55 inches of mercury, shattering the previous recrod of 30.35 inches set in 1982.

...1987... Eight cities in California and Oregon reported record high temperatures for the date, including Redding CA and Sacramento CA where the mercury hit 100 degrees.

...1988... Thunderstorms drenched Georgia and the Carolinas with heavy rain, soaking Columbia SC with 4.10 inches in three hours. Fresno CA was the hot spot in the nation with a record high of 109 degrees. Duluth MN tied their record for the month of August with a morning low of 39 degrees.

...1989... Thunderstorms developing ahead of a cold front produced large hail in Montana and North Dakota during the evening and early nighttime hours. Hail three inches in diameter was reported 20 miles south of Medora ND, and thunderstorms over Dawson County MT produced up to three inches of rain. Thunderstorms produced golf ball size hail at Roundup MT, Dazey ND and Protection KS. 

...2000... Little Rock, Arkansas soared to 111 degrees for its all-time record high temperature. The same record was set at Audubon Park in New Orleans with 103 degrees.

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