June 26 Weather History

...1888... Residents of New York suffered through a record heat wave. Daily average temperatures were above 80 degrees for fourteen straight days. The heat wave was a sharp contrast to the severe blizzard in March of that year, which buried the city under nearly two feet of snow.

...1977... "The Human Lightning Conductor", park ranger Roy C. Sullivan, was struck by lightning for the seventh time. He was first hit in 1942, then again in 1970, 1972, 1973 and 1976.

...1983... Record heat prevailed from Texas to Michigan. Alpena MI hit 98 degrees.

...1985... A spectacular early morning waterspout developed at 5:20 AM (MST) from a stationary thunderstorm over the south end of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. It was visible 20 miles away, and lasted four minutes.

...1986... Hurricane Bonnie made landfall on the upper Texas coast. A wind gust to 98 mph occurred at Sea Rim State Park. Ace, Texas recorded a total of 13 inches of rain from the hurricane.

...1987... Hot weather prevailed in the Pacific Northwest. Afternoon highs of 88 degrees at Seattle WA, 103 degrees at Medford OR, and 111 degrees at Redding CA were records for the date. Cloudy and cool weather prevailed in the northeastern U.S. The high at Boston MA was just 60 degrees.

...1988... Thirteen cities in the southeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. In Montana, the record high of 102 degrees at Billings MT was their fifteenth of the month, and the high of 108 degrees at Glasgow MT equaled their record for June. Thunderstorms in the Atlantic Coast Region produced wind gusts to 102 mph at Tall Timbers MD. (

...1989... Thunderstorms produced severe weather from the Central Plains to the Middle Mississippi Valley. There were 129 reports of severe weather during the day and night. Thunderstorms in Kansas produced wind gusts to 90 mph at Liberal, and hail four inches in diameter at Quinter. Thunderstorms in Wisconsin spawned a tornado at Lake Delton injuring four persons. Lightning struck and killed a woman at Junction City KS who had gotten out of her car to photograph the lightning.

...1990... Unseasonably hot temperatures occurred across from the western Plains across to the southwest portions of the nation. 122 degrees was recorded both in Phoenix and Yuma, Arizona. 107 degrees was reached in Amarillo, Texas and Tucson, Arizona checked in with a high of 117 degrees.

...1994... Searing heat was prevalent across the southwestern U.S. as a huge 600 decameter 500 millibars high pushed temperatures to record levels. Albuquerque, New Mexico hit 107 degrees, for its hottest temperature ever. The same record was set at Lubbock, Texas with 111 degrees. Both Midland and El Paso, Texas reached 112 degrees, to both tie their hottest temperatures on record.

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