...1890... A severe hailstorm struck Strawberry AZ. Fives days after the storm hail still lay in drifts 12 to 18 inches deep.
...1913... Des Moines IA experienced their earliest freeze of record.
...1904... The morning temperature dipped to 36 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island.
...1961... Hurricane Esther made a near complete circle south of Cape Cod. The hurricane then passed over Cape Cod and hit Maine. Its energy was largely spent over the North Atlantic Ocean, however, heavy rains over Maine resulted in widespread local flooding of cellars, low roads, and underpasses.
...1983... Forty-one cities reported record cold temperatures during the morning. Houston TX hit 50 degrees, and Williston ND plunged to 19 degrees.
...1987... Hurricane Emily, the first hurricane to roam the Caribbean in nearly six years, made landfall over the Dominican Republic late in the day, packing 125 mph winds. Emily killed three persons and caused thirty million dollars damage. A record high of 92 degrees at Miami FL was their fifth in a row.
...1988... An early morning thunderstorm produced baseball size hail at Plainview, in Hale County TX. Late in the evening more thunderstorms in the Southern High Plains Region produced wind gusts to 75 mph at Plainview TX and Crosby TX.
...1989... Hurricane Hugo quickly lost strength over South Carolina, but still was a tropical storm as it crossed into North Carolina, just west of Charlotte, at about 7 AM. Winds around Charlotte reached 69 mph, with gusts to 99 mph. Eighty percent of the power was knocked out to Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Property damage in North Carolina was 210 million dollars, and damage to crops was 97 million dollars. The strongest storm surge occurred along the southern coast shortly after midnight, reaching nine feet above sea level at ocean Isle and Sunset Beach. Hugo killed one person and injured fifteen others in North Carolina. Newport, Rhode Island received some of the effects of Hugo with .18 inches of rain, 45 mph wind gust and a barometer of 29.51 inches.
Strong northwesterly winds ushered unseasonably cold air into the north central U.S., in time for the official start of autumn, at 8:20 PM (CDT). Squalls produced light snow in northern Wisconsin. Winds in Wisconsin gusted to 52 mph at Rhinelander.
...2000... .03 inches of rain fell on this date at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This ended the longest streak of consecutive days without even a trace of rainfall at the location at 54. The previous record was 39 days.
...2005... For the first time in the historical record, two hurricanes reached category 5 intensity in the Gulf of Mexico in a single season as Hurricane Rita intensified before making landfall (Katrina and Rita).