July 3 Weather History

...1863... The Battle of Gettysburg, a great 3 day encounter, reached its climax with Pickett's Charge at about 2:00 pm local time. The weather at 2:00 pm was reported to be partly cloudy and 87 degrees with the wind from the SSW at force 1. A deluge of rain on the 4th and 5th hindered the Yankees pursuit and the Confederates escaped.

...1949... The high temperature reached 93 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 92 degrees set in 1919.

...1957... At Newport, Rhode Island the low temperature fell to 50 degrees, breaking the record of 53 degrees that was set in 1914.

...1966... The northeastern U.S. was in the midst of a sweltering heat wave. The temperature at Philadelphia reached 104 degrees. Afternoon highs of 102 degrees at Hartford CT, 105 degrees at Allentown PA, and 107 degrees at LaGuardia Airport in New York City established all-time records for those two locations.

...1986... Clear skies and temperatures in the mid 60's prevailed as President Ronald Reagan lit the torch light on the newly refurbished Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor around 11:00 pm. Tonight was the first night of the Liberty Weekend Celebration in honor of the statue's 100th birthday.

...1987... Lightning struck and killed three men playing golf on a course near Kingsport TN. The three men had sought shelter from the rain under a tall tree on a small hill. Showers and thunderstorms produced heavy rain in New Jersey, with 5.2 inches reported at Trenton State College.

...1988... Thunderstorms around Fort Worth TX produced wind gusts to 76 mph at Burleson, along with two inches of rain in thirty minutes. The record low of 46 degrees at Youngstown OH was their sixth in a row.

...1989... Showers and thunderstorms produced locally heavy rain in the eastern U.S. Bowling Green KY was soaked with 4.99 inches of rain during the morning hours, and up to ten inches of rain deluged Oconee County SC. The temperature at Alamosa CO soared to a record warm reading of 91 degrees, following a record low of 35 degrees the previous day.

...2002... The heat index soared to 103 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 95 degrees set back in 1955.

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