September 5 Weather History

...1906... At Newport, Rhode Island the low temperatuere dipped to 47 degrees, breaking the previous record of 50 degrees set in 1893.

...1925... The temperature at Centerville AL soars to 112 degrees to establish a state record. Every reporting station in Alabama was 100 degrees or above that afternoon.

...1933... A hurricane hit Brownsville TX killing forty persons and causing 12 million dollars damage.

...1944... Portland, Oregon hit 102 degrees. This is the only time the city has exceeded 100 degrees in September

...1950... Hurricane Easy produced the greatest 24 hour rainfall in U.S. weather records. The hurricane deluged Yankeetown, on the upper west coast of Florida, with 38.7 inches of rain.

...1953... Albany, New York had its 10th straight day of 90 plus temperatures -- the longest heat wave on record for the city.

...1961... The temperature at Newport, Rhode Island peaked at 91 degrees, breaking the old record of 87 degrees set in 1959 and the heat index was a very hot 102 degreees breaking the record of 87 degrees, also set in 1959.

...1975... Strong winds reduced visibilities to near zero in blowing dust resulting in a 22-car chain reaction accident on Interstate 10 near Toltec AZ. Two persons were killed, and 14 others were injured.

...1987... Thunderstorms over the Southern and Middle Atlantic Coast States drenched Charleston SC with 5.50 inches of rain, and a total of 13.50 inches in two days, flooding homes, and leaving roads and bridges under water. (The National Weather Summary) A tropical storm which formed off the South Atlantic coast was responsible for torrential rains over coastal regions of South Carolina. Between the 30th of August and the 8th of September, Charleston SC received 18.44 inches of rain. The heavy rains caused extensive flooding around the city of Charleston, seriously damaged cotton crops in the eastern part of the state, and resulted in an unusually high number of mosquitoes.

...1988... The barometric pressure dipped to 29.15 inches of mercury on this day at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the old record of 29.44 inches set back in 1966.  Five days of heavy rain commenced in west central Florida. Up to 20 inches of rain in four days resulted in extensive urban flooding, and evacuation of 1000 homes. Flooding claimed four lives, and caused more than five million dollars property damage.

...1989... Thunderstorms produced six to ten inches of rain in south central Kansas between 6 AM and Noon. Serious flooding was reported around Wichita, with water four feet deep along some roads. A cold front crossing the Northern High Plains Region produced wind gusts to 63 mph at Sheridan WY.

...1991.. Heavy rains deluged Newport, Rhode Island with 2.84 inches, shattering the old record of 1.45 inches that was set back in 1910; .67 inches fell in one hour, breaking the record of .15 inches set back in 1966.

...1996.. Hurricane Fran made landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina with 115 mph sustained winds. The area had just finished cleaning up from Hurricane Bertha less than two months earlier. A storm surge of up to 12 feet occurred in Onslow County. 90 percent of the homes were damaged or destroyed at North Topsail Beach. 6 to 14 inches of rain fell in sections of North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia with widespread flash flooding. 34 people were killed by Fran and total damage was $3.2 billion. Hurricane Fran was the most costly natural disaster in North Carolina's history.

...2000.. Record heat prevailed across southern Texas. All-time record high temperatures were set at the following locations -- Del Rio - 115 degrees, Austin - 112 degrees, San Antonio and Victoria - 111 degrees, Corpus Christi - 109 degrees, and Galveston - 104 degrees.

...2004.. Hurricane Frances made landfall at Hutchinson Island on the east central coast of Florida with winds of 105 mph and a central pressure of 960 millibars. An 8 foot storm surge occurred at Vero Beach and High Springs was drenched with 15.84 inches of rain. Frances moved northwestward crossing Florida, into Georgia, and then recurved northeastward up the Appalachians over the next several days, dumping excessive rains (18.07 inches at Linville Falls, South Carolina and 11.50 inches at Big Meadows, Virginia) and spawning a near record 106 tornadoes. There were 7 fatalities associated with Frances and total damage was $9 billion.

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