September 27 Weather History

...1727... Massachusetts had "a great rain and horrible wind", the result of a major hurricane.

...1816... A black frost over most of New England kills unripened corn in the north resulting in a year of famine.

...1906... The Pensacola-Mobile Hurricane made landfall with a pressure of 28.84 inches and tides 9.9 feet above normal. This was the worst storm to hit the area in 170 years.

...1936... A heavy early snow of 21.3 inches fell at Denver, Colorado in a 60 hour storm.

...1955... The U.S. Weather Bureau's station on Swan Island in the western Caribbean was destroyed as Hurricane Janet passed very close to the island. Winds gusts were estimated to have reached 200 mph. Janet made landfall at Chetumal, Mexico early on the 28th where winds were measured sustained 175 mph and the pressure dropped to 914 millibars (27.00 inches). Over 500 people were killed and damage exceeded $40 million.

...1957... The morning low temperature dipped to 36 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island.

...1958... Hurricane Helene passed just off the North Carolina coast. Wilmington had sustained winds of 88 mph with a peak gust of 135 mph (a record) and recorded 8.29 inches of rain. Cape Fear was battered by sustained winds of 125 mph with gusts to 155 mph. This was a near miss however as the eye remained about 20 miles offshore and thus the tides were not excessive. Total damage was 11 million dollars.

...1959... A tornado 440 yards in width traveled twenty miles from near Hollow OK to western Cherokee County KS. Although a strong tornado, it was very slow moving, and gave a tremendous warning roar, and as a result no one was killed.

...1970... Afternoon highs of 103 degrees at Long Beach CA and 105 degrees at the Los Angeles Civic Center were the hottest since September records were established in 1963. Fierce Santa Ana winds accompanying the extreme heat resulted in destructive fires.

...1985... Hurricane Gloria, a much media-hyped hurricane for the time, passed over the Hatteras Weather Service Office on the outer banks of North Carolina early on this day. A pressure of 947.5 millibars (27.97 inches) was recorded at the office. Gloria then raced north-northeastward and made landfall near Fire Island on Long Island and then crossed the Connecticut coastline very close to Bridgeport. Wind gusts exceeded 115 mph on Long Island. Winds gusted to 109 mph at Chatham, Massachusetts and to 100 mph on top of Blue Hill in Milton, Massachusetts.  At Newport Rhode Island the barometer bottomed out at 28.61 inches and the highest wind gust was 77 mph, but only a tenth of an inch fell, which was very low for a hurricane to pass through.  8 fatalities occurred and total damage was around 1 billion dollars. Many people in Connecticut were without power for nearly 2 weeks.

...1985...A record early season snowstorm struck the Central High Plains Region. The storm left up to nineteen inches of snow along the Colorado Front Range, and as much as a foot of snow in the High Plains Region.

...1987... While those at the base of Mount Washington NH enjoyed sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s, the top of the mountain was blanketed with 4.7 inches of snow, along with wind gusts to 99 mph, and a temperature of 13 degrees. Severe thunderstorms developed along a cold front in the south central U.S. A thunderstorm west of Noodle TX produced golf ball size hail and wind gusts to 70 mph.

...1988... Thunderstorms developing ahead of a cold front produced large hail in southeastern Wyoming during the afternoon, with tennis ball size hail reported at Cheyenne. Strong winds ushering the cold air into the north central U.S. gusted to 59 mph at Lander WY.

...1989... Freezing temperatures were reported in the Great Lakes Region and the Ohio Valley. Houghton Lake MI reported a record low of 21 degrees. Thunderstorms in the western U.S. produced wind gusts to 50 mph at Salt Lake City UT, and gusts to 58 mph at Cody WY.

...2010... Los Angeles, California reached 113 degrees for its all-time highest temperature.

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