June 4 Weather History

...1825... A hurricane struck Long Island NY leveling trees and causing damage to ships. The early season hurricane, which originated around Cuba, caused major damage along the Atlantic coast from Charleston SC to New York City. Many were lost at sea.

...1860... Iowa's "Commanche Tornado", with wind speeds estimated in excess of 300 mph, was unquestionably one of the worst experienced by early settlers, with nearly a million dollars damage.

...1907... The low temperature at Newport, Rhode Island fell to 43 degrees, breaking the record of 50 degrees set in 1900.

...1919... At Newport, Rhode Island the high temperature soared to 90 degrees, breaking the previous record of 81 degrees set in 1902.

...1934... A slow moving tropical storm, briefly reaching hurricane strength off the coast of British Honduras on the 8th, meandered over Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras for a four day period starting on this day. Excessive rains lead to disastrous flooding and mudslides which killed an estimated 1000 to 3000 people.

...1958... A tornado (F4) tracked 32 miles through St Croix and Dunn Counties in Wisconsin, killing 20 people and injuring 110.

...1982... A four day storm began over New England which produced up to 14 inches of rain in southern Connecticut breaching twenty-three dams and breaking two others. Damage was estimated at more than 276 million dollars.

...1985... The temperature reached a stifling 102 degrees at Lakeland, Florida, setting a new high for the month of June as well as establishing a new all-time high for any month. The previous high for June was 100 set most recently on the 17th in 1981. The previous all-time hottest day occurred on July 21, 1942 with a reading of 101 degrees.

...1987... Early morning thunderstorms in south Texas produced 6.5 inches of rain at Hockheim, and five inches at Hallettsville, in just a few hours. Afternoon thunderstorms in Virginia deluged northern Halifax County with 5.5 inches of rain in two hours. Thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 76 mph at Dusty WA, and wind gusts to 88 mph at Swanquarter NC.

...1988... A dozen cities in the eastern U.S. reported record low temp temperatures for the date, including Atlantic City NJ with a reading of 40 degrees. Fifteen cities in the north central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, including Glasgow MT and Havre MT with readings of 102 degrees.

...1989... Thunderstorms produced severe weather from the Southern Plains Region and the Lower Mississippi Valley to the Southern Atlantic Coast Region during the day and into the night. Just four tornadoes were reported, but there were 87 reports of large hail and damaging winds.

...1993... Severe thunderstorms were widespread from Missouri and Arkansas eastward to the Mid Atlantic states with more than 260 reports of severe weather, including over two dozen tornadoes. An early morning mesoscale convective complex over southern Missouri and north Arkansas moved eastward and evolved into a vicious derecho, traversing eastward across Kentucky in excess at 80 mph at one point. Wind gusts reached 100 mph near Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Damage was widespread. 30 homes and mobile homes suffered major damage in Butler County. Over 75 percent of the roads in the county were blocked due to downed trees. 4.5 inch diameter hail fell at Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia. Total damage from the high winds at hail in Virginia was 60 million dollars, with 21 million of that occurred in the city of Lynchburg. 3.5 inch inch diameter hail was reported in Davie County in North Carolina.

...2007... The remnants of tropical storm Barry passed over Rhode Island as an extra tropical storm, breaking two rainfall records for this day. The rainfall for the day was 2.12 inches, breaking the record of .98 inches that was set back in 1895 and .89 inches of rain fell in one hour, breaking that record of .28 inches set in 2003.

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