July 9 Weather History

...1758... An account of an extraordinary storm of hail in Virginia by governor Francis Fauqier described hail breaking all of his north side windows. Hail pieces were 1.5 inches long and were used to cool wine and make ice.

...1860... A hot blast of air in the middle of a sweltering summer pushed the mercury up to 115 degrees at Fort Scott KS and Lawrence KS.

...1882... Ice formed on the streets of Cheyenne WY during a rare summer freeze.

...1894... The low temperature fell to 52 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the old record of 66 degrees set the year before in 1893.

...1936... The temperature hit an all-time record high of 106 degrees at the Central Park Observatory in New York City, a record which lasted until LaGuardia Airport hit 107 degrees on July 3rd in 1966.

...1968... Columbus MS received 15.68 inches of rain in 24 hours to establish a record for the state.

...1981... At Newport, Rhode Island the high temperature peaked at 96 degrees, breaking the old record of 91 degrees that was set in 1903 and 1974. The heat index rose to a hot 105 degrees, breaking that record of 99 degrees that was set in 1974.

...1987... Thunderstorms produced severe weather in Michigan. A tornado near Munising MI destroyed part of a commercial dog kennel, and one of the missing dogs was later found unharmed in a tree top half a mile away.

...1988... Twenty-three cities in the eastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. Alpena MI and Buffalo NY suffered through their sixth straight day of record heat. The percentage of total area in the country in the grips of severe to extreme drought reached 43 percent, the fourth highest total of record. The record of 61 percent occurred during the summer of 1934.

...1989... Morning thunderstorms produced very heavy rain in southern Lower Michigan and northern Indiana. Up to 5.6 inches of rain was reported in Berrien County MI. Sioux Falls SD reported a record high of 108 degrees.

...1994... The dew point at Newport, Rhode Island peaked at 77 degrees, breaking the old records of 73 degrees from 1973, 1977, 1981.

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