September 17 Weather History

...1932... Concord NH was drenched with 5.97 inches of rain in 24 hours to establish a record for that location (16th- 17th).

...1933... Hurricane #13 passed to the east of Cape Cod. The remnants affected Newport, Rhode Island with 2.66 inches of rain (record for the date) and a high wind gust of 44 miles per hour.

...1963... Nearly two and a half inches of rain fell at Yuma AZ in 24 hours. It was the most intense rain for Yuma during the period between 1909 and 1977.

...1965... A storm produced a band of heavy snow across parts of Wyoming. Totals of 23 inches at Rawlins and 20.7 inches at Lander easily surpassed previous snowfall record totals for so early in the season. (15th7th)

...1971... A record early season snowstorm struck Colorado. Boulder was buried under 21 inches of snow and Denver recorded 15.6 inches. Damage to trees and power lines was extensive due to the wet nature of the snow. Record breaking low temperatures for so early in the season followed the storm.

...1987... Thunderstorms produced large hail, damaging winds, and heavy rain in the northeastern U.S. Heavy rain in southwestern Pennsylvania forced evacuation of twenty homes along Four Mile Run Creek, near Darlington. Harrisburg PA established a record for the date with 2.11 inches of rain. A cold front in the central U.S. brought freezing temperatures to parts of Montana and Wyoming.

...1988... Early in the morning a tornado hit Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio TX injuring three persons and causing twenty-eight million dollars damage. A second tornado on the northwest side of San Antonio caused six million dollars damage, and a third tornado in Bexar County killed one person and injured another. Thunderstorms associated with Hurricane Gilbert spawned a total of forty-seven tornadoes in a two day period, with forty of those tornadoes in central and south central Texas.

...1989... Hurricane Hugo hit the Virgin Islands, producing wind gusts to 97 mph at Saint Croix. Hurricane Hugo passed directly over the island of Saint Croix causing complete devastation and essentially cutting off the island from communications. A storm surge of five to seven feet occurred at Saint Croix. The only rain gauge left operating, at Caneel Bay, indicated 9.40 inches in 24 hours. Hurricane Hugo claimed the lives of three persons at Saint Croix, and caused more than 500 million dollars damage. A ship, Nightcap, in the harbor of Culebra, measured wind gusts as high as 170 mph. A cold front brought high winds to the Great Basin and the Rocky Mountain Region, and thunderstorms along the cold front produced wind gusts to 66 mph at Yellowstone Park WY.

...2004... The remnants of Hurricane Ivan dumped 5.95 inches of rain on Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -- the city's greatest daily rainfall on record.

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