September 8 Weather History

...1900... The greatest weather disaster in U.S. records occurred when a hurricane struck Galveston TX. A tide fifteen feet high washed over the island demolishing or carrying away buildings, and drowning more than 6000 persons. The hurricane destroyed more than 3600 houses, and total damage was more than thirty million dollars. Winds to 120 mph, and a twenty foot storm surge accompanied the hurricane. Following the storm, the surf was three hundred feet inland from the former water line. The hurricane claimed another 1200 lives outside of the Galveston area. (8th-9th) 

...1932... The wind gusted to 47 miles per hour at Newport, Rhode Island, shattering the old record of 33 miles per hour that was set back in 1901.

...1945... The high temperature peaked at 88 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island breaking the old record of 86 degrees set back in 1919.

...1952... The low temperature fell to 46 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the previous record of 48 degrees set back in 1903.

...1987... A tropical depression off the coast of South Carolina brought another round of heavy rain to the Middle Atlantic Coast Region and the Upper Ohio Valley. Showers and thunderstorms produced extremely heavy rain in eastern Pennsylvania, where flooding caused more than 55 million dollars across a seven county area. The afternoon high of 97 degrees at Miami FL was a record for the month of September.

At Miami, Florida, the mercury soared to 97 degrees breaking the daily record of 93, set in 1951, and the record for the month of September. The previous high for Miami for the month of September was 95 set on September 9, 1949.

...1988... Eighteen cities in the south central and eastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date, including Roanoke VA with a reading of 42 degrees.

...1989... Thunderstorms developing along a stationary front produced very heavy rain in the central U.S. Thunderstorms during the late morning and afternoon produced five to nine inches of rain around Lincoln NE, with an unofficial total of eleven inches near Holmes Park. Up to six and a half inches of rain soaked northern and western Iowa. Eighty to ninety percent of the homes in Shenandoah IA, where 5.89 inches of rain was received, reported basement flooding.

...1991... Philadelphia, Pennsylvania hit 90 degrees for the 50th time in 1991. This set a new all-time record for the most 90 degree days in a year. The previous record was 49 days in 1988.

...1996... Some of the remnants from tropical depression Fran affected Newport, Rhode Island with 1.59 inches of rain and a barometer of 29.88 inches.

...2011... 1.84 inches of rain fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the old record of 1.59 inches set in 1996.

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