September 21 Weather History

...1894... A heavy chicken house, sixteen by sixteen feet in area, was picked up by a tornado and wedged between two trees. The hens were found the next day sitting on their eggs in the chicken house, with no windows broken, as though nothing had happened.

...1924... A couple of tornadoes, one rated F4 and the other F5, tore paths of devastation through Eau Claire, Clark, and Taylor Counties in Wisconsin. The death toll was 18 and 50 people were injured.

...1961... Hurricane Esther passed to the south of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts; Newport, Rhode Island received 8.18 inches of rain over a four day period, wind gust of 46 miles per hour and a low barometer of 29.29 inches.

...1938... The "Long Island Express", New England's greatest hurricane on record, slammed into Long Island at a forward speed in excess of 60 mph. The pressure at Bellport on Long Island dropped to 27.94 inches, the lowest pressure ever recorded in the northeastern U.S. Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, Massachusetts had 121 mph sustained winds with a peak gust of 186 mph. A massive storm surge with waves 30 to 40 feet high caused extreme devastation on the Long Island, Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts coastlines. Providence, Rhode Island was inundated with a record 13.75 foot storm surge; Newport, Rhode Island recorded a wind gust of 116 miles per hour and a barometer reading of 28.77 inches.  600 people were killed and total damage was 387 million dollars.

...1954... The temperature at Deeth NV soared from a morning low of 12 degrees to a high of 87 degrees, a record daily warm-up for the state.

...1956... The low temperature bottomed out at 36 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island.

...1987... Tropical Storm Emily, which formed in the Caribbean the previous afternoon, caused considerable damage to the banana industry of Saint Vincent in the Windward Islands. Unseasonably hot weather continued in Florida and the western U.S. Redding CA and Red Bluff CA, with record highs of 108 degrees, tied for honors as the hot spot in the nation.

...1988... Thunderstorms produced high winds and locally heavy rain in the southwestern U.S. One thunderstorm in west Texas produced wind gusts to 86 mph at Dell City completely destroying an airport hangar. A Cessna 150 aircraft housed within the hangar was flipped over and snapped in two. Thunderstorms produced large hail in east central Utah, while snow blanketed some of the higher elevations of the state.

...1989... Hurricane Hugo slammed into the South Carolina coast about 11 PM, making landfall near Sullivan's Island. Hurricane Hugo was directly responsible for thirteen deaths, and indirectly responsible for twenty-two others. A total of 420 persons were injured in the hurricane, and damage was estimated at eight billion dollars, including two billion dollars damage to crops. Sustained winds reached 85 mph at Folly Beach SC, with wind gusts as high was 138 mph. Wind gusts reached 98 mph at Charleston, and 109 mph at Shaw AFB. The biggest storm surge occurred in the McClellanville and Bulls Bay area of Charleston County, with a storm surge of 20.2 feet reported at Seewee Bay. Shrimp boats were found one half mile inland at McClellanvile.

...1990... 92 degrees was a new record high temperature for Seattle, Washington. This record marks the tenth time in history since records were kept that the mercury reached 90 degrees or more on a September day. This is also the highest temperature ever reached for so late in a year.

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