July 23 Weather History

...1788... A weather diary kept by George Washington recorded that the center of a hurricane passed directly over his Mount Vernon home. The hurricane crossed eastern North Carolina and Virginia before moving into the Central Appalachians. Norfolk VA reported houses destroyed, trees uprooted, and crops leveled to the ground.

...1898... A two hour thunderstorm deluged Atlanta GA with 4.32 inches of rain. More than a foot of water flooded Union Depot. Many street car motors burned out while trying to run through flooded streets. It grew so dark before the afternoon storm that gas lights were needed.

...1918... The high temperature at Newport, Rhode Island rose to 95 degrees, breaking the old record of 85 degrees that was set in 1901, 1910 and 1917.

...1923... At Newport, Rhode Island the low temperature dipped to 55 degrees, setting the record high temperature for the date.  It was later tied in 1992.  Sheridan WY was drenched with 4.41 inches of rain, an all-time 24 hour record for that location. Associated flooding washed out 20 miles of railroad track. (22nd-23rd)

...1953... Two rainfall records were broken in heavy thunderstorms on this date in 1953 at Newport Rhode Island. The day total rainfall was 2.62 inches, breaking the previous record of 2.31 inches that was set back in 1916 and 1.04 inches fell in one hour, breaking that record of .45 inches set in 1951.

...1986... At Newport, Rhode Island the barometric pressure rose to 30.47 inches of mercury, breaking the previous record of 30.31 inches set in 1966.

...1987... Thunderstorms produced a record ten inches of rain in six and a half hours at Minneapolis MN, including 5.26 inches in two hours. Flash flooding claimed two lives and caused 21.3 million dollars damage. Streets in Minneapolis became rushing rivers, parking lots became lakes, and storm sewers spouted like geysers. A tornado hit Maple Grove MN causing five million dollars damage. Baseball size hail was reported at Olivia MN.

...1988... Thunderstorms produced severe weather in Lower Michigan and northern Ohio, over eastern sections of the Dakotas, and over the Central High Plains Region. Showers and thunderstorms soaked Wilmington NC with another two inches of rain, following six and a half inches the previous day.

...1989... 'Morning thunderstorms in the central U.S. drenched central Oklahoma with up to six inches of rain. Afternoon thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 85 mph at Fort Smith AR. Evening thunderstorms over Florida spawned a tornado which touched down three times in south Fort Myers causing nearly three quarters of a million dollars damage.

...2003... Boise, Idaho reached 107 degrees for a high temperature. It was its 9th consecutive day with temperatures at 100 degrees or greater -- the city's all-time record. -Salt Lake City, Utah marked its 10th straight day of 100 degree temperatures for its all-time record. -Cheyenne, Wyoming hit 94 degrees on this date for its 19th 90 degree day for the month -- a record for any month at this location. The city ended up with 23 90 degrees days for the month.

...2007... Miles City, Montana hit 110 degrees for its all-time record high temperature.

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