September 10 Weather History

...1917... Duluth, Minnesota saw its earliest freezing temperature reading of record.

...1919... A hurricane struck the Florida Keys drowning more than 500 persons.

...1960... Hurricane Donna struck the Florida Keys, with winds gusting to 180 mph and a thirteen foot storm surge. The hurricane then moved north along the eastern coast of Florida and inundated Naples before moving out to sea. Hurricane Donna claimed fifty lives, injured 1800 others, and caused more than 300 million dollars damage. The Marathon/Tavernier area was almost completely destroyed, and in the Citrus Belt, most of the avocado crop was blown from the trees. Hurricane Donna wreaked havoc from Florida to Maine, with wind gusts to 100 mph along much of the coast. Hurricane Donna produced wind gusts to 121 mph at Charleston SC on the 11th, and wind gusts to 138 mph at Hill Observatory MA on the 12th. The hurricane finally died over Maine two days later, producing more than five inches of rain over the state.

...1964... Dora, the first storm of full hurricane intensity on record to cross northeastern Florida from the Atlantic, made landfall shortly after midnight at St. Augustine where sustained winds of 100 mph with gusts to 125 mph occurred. Tides reached 12 feet above normal, 4 feet higher than any other storm tide recorded at St. Augustine. Jacksonville reported sustained winds of 82 mph, the first hurricane force winds reported at this location ever. Mayo, Florida was deluged with 23.73 inches of rain. Total damage was 230 million dollars.

...1965... After ravaging the Florida Keys on the 8th, Hurricane Betsy slammed in Louisiana with a central pressure near 948 millibars (28.00 inches). Winds gusted to 130 mph at Houma. There were 58 deaths and over 17,500 people were injured. The storm surge and flooding from torrential rains caused an enormous amount of damage making this the greatest insured property loss in the U.S. up to the time. Betsy is known as first billion dollar hurricane with damage exceeding 1.4 billion.

...1976... Tropical Storm Kathleen produced sustained winds of 57 mph at Yuma, Arizona -- the highest sustained wind ever recorded in the southwestern U.S. associated with an eastern Pacific tropical cyclone.

...1987... A late afternoon thunderstorm roared through Austin TX producing wind gusts to 81 mph, and 2.17 inches of rain in just sixty minutes. The high winds toppled six National Guard helicopters at the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport, and damaged or destroyed numerous other aircraft.

...1988... Cool air sweeping into the north central U.S. brought snow to some of the higher elevations of Montana. The town of Kings Hill, southeast of Great Falls, was blanketed with six inches of snow. Tropical Storm Gilbert strengthened to a hurricane over the eastern Caribbean.

...1989... Light snow fell in Montana overnight, with three inches reported at Fairfield. Billings MT reported a record low of 33 degrees. Unseasonably warm weather prevailed in the northeastern U.S., with record highs of 86 degrees at Caribou ME and 90 degrees at Burlington VT.

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