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MN History
1831 - Cold outbreak across state with light frost reported at Ft. Snelling.

U.S. History
# 1954 - Severe thunderstorms produced golf ball size hail for thirty minutes in north central Kansas. One drift measured 200 feet long, seventy feet wide and three feet deep. (The Weather Channel)

# 1975 - Record heat gripped New England. Highs of 104 degrees at Providence, RI, and 107 degrees at Chester and New Bedford, MA, established state records. The heat along the coast of Maine was unprecedented, with afternoon highs of 101 degrees at Bar Harbor and 104 degrees at Jonesboro. (The Weather Channel)

# 1987 - Hot weather continued in the central U.S. Fifteen cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including Concordia KS with a reading of 106 degrees, and Downtown Kansas City, MO, with a high of 105 degrees. Evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in the Ohio Valley and the north central U.S. Thunder- storms in South Dakota produced wind gusts to 70 mph at Philip, and hail two inches in diameter at Faulkton. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)

# 1988 - Searing heat continued from the Middle and Upper Mississippi Valley to the Middle and Northern Atlantic Coast States. Twenty- six cities reported record high temperatures for the date. Chicago IL reported a record seven days of 100 degree heat for the year. (The National Weather Summary)

# 1989 - Low pressure representing the remains of Hurricane Chantal deluged north central Texas with heavy rain. Up to 6.50 inches drenched Stephens County, and Wichita Falls reported 2.22 inches of rain in just one hour. Bismarck, ND, reported a record warm morning low of 75 degrees, and record hot afternoon high of 101 degrees, and evening thunderstorms in North Dakota produced wind gusts to 78 mph at Lakota. Early evening thunderstorms in Florida produced high winds which downed trees at Christmas. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)

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# 1944 - 5.31 inches of rain fell in Washington D.C.

# 1978 - Very heavy rains of 12-14 inches fell across the Texas Hill Country during the nighttime and early morning hours of August 1-2 causing severe flooding on the Guadalupe River. Up to 30 inches of rain would fall during the three-day period from August 1-3. 27 people would die in the Hill Country flooding along with tens of millions of dollars in damage. More flooding would occur during the early evening of August 3 near Abilene, where 6 people were killed.

# 1980 - Heat wave in Texas continues. Dallas was on the 41st day of consecutive 100 degree days. The streak would reach 42 days. Abilene was at 41consecutive days of 98 degrees or higher, tying a record that dated back to 1952 record. El Paso was on its 51st consecutive day of 100 degrees + readings.

# 1985 - Wind shear causes the crash of a Delta Air Lines jumbo jet during its approach to Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport. 133 people are killed.

# 1995 - Hurricane Erin first came ashore from the Atlantic near Vero Beach as a Category 1 hurricane with winds around 85 mph on the 2nd. It moved westward across the state, weakening to a tropical storm over land. After moving back over warm Gulf of Mexico water, Erin regained hurricane strength before coming ashore again near Pensacola on the 3rd with sustained winds of 94 mph and gusts up to 103 mph.



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1896 - Violent hailstorm destroys two thirds of crops in Swift County.

U.S. History
# 1970 - Hurricane Celia struck the coast of Texas producing wind gusts to 161 mph at Corpus Christi, and estimated wind gusts of 180 mph at Arkansas Pass. The hurricane was the most destructive of record along the Texas coast causing 454 million dollars damage, and also claimed eleven lives. (David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel)

# 1987 - A severe thunderstorm moved across Cheyenne, WY, during the mid afternoon. The thunderstorm produced hailstones up to two inches in diameter causing more than 37 million dollars damage. The eastern U.S. sweltered in the heat. A dozen cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including Paducah KY with a reading of 102 degrees. Beckley WV established an all- time record with an afternoon high of 93 degrees. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)

# 1988 - Thunderstorms developing ahead of a slow moving cold front produced severe weather from the Central High Plains to the Upper Great Lakes Region. Thunderstorms around Fort Collins, CO, produced wind gusts to 74 mph along with marble size hail. Sixteen persons were injured in the storm, most of whom were accidently locked out of their office building, having evacuated it when the fire alarm went off, apparently triggered by lightning. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)

# 1989 - Thunderstorms representing what remained of Hurricane Chantal drenched Wichita, KS, with 2.20 inches of rain in four hours during the early morning. Thunderstorms developing in Minnesota produced wind gusts to 85 mph at Baudette during the afternoon, and softball size hail at Lake Kabetogama, during the evening. Jamestown, ND, reported a record hot afternoon high of 103 degrees. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)

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# 1885 - A tornado cut an 8 mile path through Philadelphia, PA and Camden, NJ, crossing the Delaware River near the present-day Walt Whitman Bridge. 5 people were killed and damages amounted to $500,000.

# 1898 - 5.84 inches of rain fell in just two hours at Philadelphia. The hydraulic pressure in the city sewers caused by the force of the accumulated runoff created overflows via toilets, basins, and sinks to rise to second floor levels in some cases.

# 1960 - Who says lightning doesn't strike twice? A home in Wauponsee Township, Illinois was struck around 7PM and then struck again around 11PM. There was significant damage to the roof, wiring and appliances in the house.

# 1964 - Muskegon, MI recorded its hottest day ever on this date with a reading of 99 degrees.

# 1979 - 6 inches of rain at fell Everman, TX causing the Litter Bugger Creek to overflow. Several homes were flooded as a result.

# 1980 - 12 inches of rain fell in 6 hours at Buffalo, N.Y.

# 1993 - Great Mississippi River Flood of 1993: Workers desperate to save the historic town of Prarier du Rocher IL deliberately break at 1000 foot hole in a levee near the town to divert water headed toward the town from a levee break upstream. The quick action worked, saving the town.

# 1994 - 93 at Fairbanks AK for their hottest ever August temperature.

# 1995 - On this date, Hurricane Erin was nearing the coast of the Florida Panhandle. The hurricane had emerged into the Gulf Mexico the previous day after crossing the Florida Peninsula. By early morning, Erin's sustained winds reached 100mph in a small area near its center. A 98-mph wind gust was observed at Mary Esther Field and Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The storm came ashore near Pensacola, Florida later that morning causing six fatalities and an estimated $700 million damage. The barrier island stretching from Pensacola Beach to Navarre Beach absorbed the brunt of the storm as it came ashore near Pensacola. Sustained winds of 94 mph and gusts up to 103 mph were measured at Pensacola during the height of the storm. Seven people were reported missing at sea.

# 1995 - South Bend IN is deluged with 4.83 inches of rain in 24 hours to set their greatest daily rainfall record.




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August 4th - NWS Chicago CWA:

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AUGUST 4
...CHICAGO... AUGUST 4, 1977: VIOLENT THUNDERSTORMS SWEPT THROUGH NORTHEAST ILLINOIS DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS. POWER WAS KNOCKED OUT TO THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS. ON CHICAGO'S SOUTH SIDE...LIGHTNING TOUCHED OFF AN EXPLOSION THAT KILLED TWO MEN AND SERIOUSLY INJURED TWO OTHERS AS THE RESULTING FIRE SWEPT THE GRAIN ELEVATOR IN WHICH THEY WERE WORKING.

...ROCKFORD... AUGUST 4, 1912: IT WAS A COOL START TO AUGUST FOR ROCKFORD AS HIGH TEMPERATURES NEVER CLIMBED PAST 78 DEGREES OVER THE FIRST 13 DAYS. SPECIFICALLY ON THIS DATE...THE HIGH ONLY REACHED 65 DEGREES WHILE THE LOW FELL TO 46 SETTING A LOW MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORD. THIS LED TO AUGUST OF 1912 RANKING AS THE 7TH COLDEST AUGUST ON RECORD.
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MN History
1898 - Storms dump 4 and-a half inches of rain on Montevideo.

1989 - Thunderstorms produced tennis ball size hail at Claremont.

U.S. History
# 1882 - A vivid aurora was visible from Oregon to Maine, down the east coast as far as Mayport FL, and inland as far as Wellington KS. Observers at Louisville KY noted "merry dancers" across the sky, and observers at Saint Vincent, MN, noted it was probably the most brilliant ever seen at that location. (The Weather Channel)

# 1930 - The temperature at Moorefield, WV, soared to 112 degrees to establish a state record, having reached 110 degrees the previous day. Widespread drought after April of that year caused some towns to haul water for domestic use, and many manufacturing plants were barely operational. (The Weather Channel)

# 1961 - Spokane WA reached an all-time record high of 108 degrees. Kalispell, MT, set an all-time record with a reading of 105 degrees. (The Weather Channel)

# 1980 - A record forty-two consecutive days of 100 degree heat finally came to an end at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. July 1980 proved to be the hottest month of record with a mean temperature of 92 degrees. There was just one day of rain in July, and there was no measurable rain in August. There were 18 more days of 100 degree heat in August, and four in September. Hot weather that summer contributed to the deaths of 1200 people nationally, and losses from the heat across the country were estimated at twenty billion dollars. (David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel)

# 1987 - A cold front brought relief from the heat to a large part of the Midwest, while hot weather continued in the south central and eastern U.S. Morning thunderstorms in Nebraska deluged the town of Dalton with 8.71 inches of rain, along with hail three inches in diameter, which accumulated up to four feet deep near the town of Dix. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)

# 1988 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather from eastern Iowa to Lower Michigan during the afternoon and evening hours, producing golf ball size hail and spawning several tornadoes. A thunderstorm at Maquoketa, IA, produced wind gusts to 75 mph. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)

# 1989 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather from eastern Nebraska and northeastern Kansas to the Great Lakes Region, with 150 reports of large hail or damaging winds during the afternoon, evening, and nighttime hours. Wind gusts to 75 mph at Milwaukee, WI. Thunderstorms representing what once was Hurricane Chantal produced five inches of rain at Grant, MI, and deluged Chicago, IL, with more than three inches of rain in three hours. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)

...and more History
# 1666 - A violent hurricane raked the island of Guadeloupe. Every boat on its coast was dashed to bits, including a 17 ship fleet with 2000 troops that went down in the storm. The island's batteries, with walls 6 feet thick, were destroyed, and the large cannons washed away.

# 1915 - 75 people died in flooding in Erie PA. Many streets were flooded and bridges washed away.

# 1960 - -127 degrees F at Vostok Antarctica would remain the coldest temperature ever recorded on earth for many years, until 1983 when a reading of -128.6F was observed in the same location.

# 1979 - Strong winds from a thunderstorm damaged a roller rink roof 50 miles NE of Waterloo, IA. A barn was destroyed and trees and power lines were downed.

# 1990 - A total of 0.84 inches of rain in Casper, WY. The normal rainfall for all of August is 0.63 inches.

# 1998 - Dallas saw its streak of 29 consecutive days with temperatures 100 degrees or hotter at DFW come to an end. It was the second longest streak of 100 degree plus days in the city's history. As impressive as it was, it was not even close to 42 straight days that saw 100 or higher in 1980 which was also broken on August 4th of that year.




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August 4th, 2008 E. Iowa, Northern/Central Illinois and Northern Indiana Derecho.

Write up from NWS Chicago.

Radar From Round 1 in the Chicago Area.

Radar from Round 2 In The Chicago Area.

WGN TV Weather Newscast That Evneing, With Tom Skilling.

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August 5th - NWS Chicago CWA:

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AUGUST 5, 1918: IT WAS A VERY HOT DAY ACROSS NORTHERN ILLINOIS. IN CHICAGO THE TEMPERATURE REACHED 102 DEGREES WHILE ROCKFORD REACHED 104. THESE ARE THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURES EVER RECORDED FOR BOTH CITIES DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST.
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MN History
1904 - Detroit Lakes woman is hit by lightning. It melted her hairpins and steel in corset but does not kill her.

U.S. History
# 1843 - A spectacular cloudburst near Philadelphia turned the small creeks and streams entering the Delaware River into raging torrents. As much as sixteen inches of rain fell in just three hours. Flooding destroyed thirty-two county bridges, and caused nineteen deaths. It is believed that several small tornadoes accompanied the torrential rains, one of which upset and sank more than thirty barges on the Schuylkill River. (David Ludlum)

# 1961 - The temperature at Ice Harbor Dam, WA, soared to 118 degrees to equal the state record established at Wahluke on the 24th of July in 1928. The afternoon high of 111 degrees at Havre, MT, was an all-time record for that location. (The Weather Channel)

# 1987 - Severe thunderstorms raked eastern South Dakota. The thunderstorms spawned half a dozen tornadoes, produced softball size hail at Bowdle, and produced wind gusts to 90 mph south of Watertown. Hot weather continued in eastern Texas. Afternoon highs of 100 degrees at Houston and 106 degrees at Waco equalled records for the date. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1988 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather from Indiana and Lower Michigan to Pennsylvania and New York State during the day. Thunderstorms in Michigan produced wind gusts to 80 mph at Ashley, Hastings and Lennon. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1989 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather in Oklahoma, and from Iowa to the Upper Ohio Valley, with 216 reports of large hail or damaging winds between early Saturday morning and early Sunday morning. Thunderstorms moving across Iowa around sunrise produced extremely high winds which caused ten million dollars damage to crops in Carroll and Greene Counties. Thunderstorm winds at Jefferson IA reached 102 mph. Afternoon thunderstorms produced tennis ball size hail at Bay Mills, WI. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)

...and more History
# 1924 - Water temperature of 96 degrees is measured by a ship in the Persian Gulf.

# 1959 - 24 hour rainfall record for Iowa is set with 16.70 inches in Decatur County August 5-6.

# 1980 - 39 degrees on this date in Casper WY established new record low by 9 degrees.

# 1983 - 2.89 inches inches of rain fell in 38 minutes at Denver CO.

# 1989 - Winds gusted to 92 mph during a thunderstorm at Norfolk NE.


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August 6th - NWS Chicago CWA:

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AUGUST 6
...CHICAGO... AUGUST 6, 1985: TWO TO FOUR INCHES OF RAIN FELL IN A TWO-HOUR PERIOD RESULTING IN CONSIDERABLE STREET AND SOME RESIDENTIAL FLOODING IN NORTH SUBURBAN CHICAGO. THE HEAVIEST RAINS OCCURRED IN SKOKIE AND MOST FLOODING WAS CONCENTRATED IN THE VICINITY OF DEMPSTER STREET AND THE EDENS EXPRESSWAY. A COMMONWEALTH EDISON REPAIRMAN WAS ELECTROCUTED DURING CLEANUP OPERATIONS.

...ROCKFORD... AUGUST 6, 1948: ROCKFORD RECORDED TWO CONSECUTIVE CHILLY NIGHTS WHERE LOW TEMPERATURES FELL TO 47 DEGREES ON THE 5TH AND 6TH. THIS LED TO BOTH DAYS SETTING NEW LOW TEMPERATURE RECORDS.
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August 6

MN History
1866 - Torrential rain dumps 10.30 inches at Sibley in 24 hours. Widespread flooding occurs washing out bridges and drowning many people. In Fillmore County it is known as the "Wisel Flood" because 3 members of the Wisel family perished in the flood.

1969 - Tornadoes sweep across north, hitting Ely, Backus, Outing and Dark Lake. Damage could still be seen 20 years later in the BWCA.

U.S. History
# 1890 - Thunderstorms left four inches of hail covering the ground in Adair County and Union County in Iowa. The hail drifted into six foot mounds, and in some places remained on the ground for twenty- six days. (The Weather Channel)

# 1918 - Unusually hot weather began to overspread the Atlantic Coast States, from the Carolinas to southern New England. The temperature soared to an all-time record high of 106 degrees at Washington D.C., and Cumberland and Keedysville hit 109 degrees to establish a state record for Maryland. Temperatures were above normal east of the Rockies that month, with readings much above normal in the Lower Missouri Valley. Omaha NE reached 110 degrees. (David Ludlum)

# 1959 - A bucket survey showed that thunderstorms dropped 16.70 inches of rain on parts of Decatur County IA. The total was accepted as Iowa's 24 hour rainfall record. (The Weather Channel)

# 1986 - Evening thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 100 mph at Winner SD damaging two hundred homes. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1987 - Afternoon thunderstorms deluged Milwaukee, WI, with 6.84 inches of rain, including more than five inches in two hours, breaking all previous rainfall records for the city. Floodwaters were four feet deep at the Milwaukee County Stadium, and floodwaters filled the basement of the main terminal at the airport. Flooding caused 5.9 million dollars damage, and claimed the life of one person. Death Valley, CA, reported a morning low of 97 degrees. A midday thunderstorm deluged Birmingham AL with nearly six inches of rain in one hour. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1988 - Severe thunderstorms produced large hail and damaging winds in Pennsylvania and New York State. A cold front crossing the northwestern U.S. produced wind gusts to 66 mph at Livingston MT. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1989 - Thunderstorms developing ahead of a cold front produced severe weather from northwestern Texas to the Southern Appalachians, and in the northeastern U.S. There were 136 reports of large hail or damaging winds during the day and evening. Thunderstorms in the Southern Plains Region produced tennis ball size hail northwest of Buffalo OK, and wind gusts to 100 mph at Pampa TX. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)

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# 1881 - Smoke from Michigan forest fires created a yellow pall over the Northeast. Candles were necessary for light at noontime.

# 1947 - 98 at Sault Ste. Marie MI sets their all-time record high temperature.

# 1959 - Hurricane Dot crossed Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands. Winds gusted to 125 mph. Up to 9 inches of rain fell on the island of Hawaii. $2.7 million in losses just in cane crop.

# 1979 - 100 degrees at Salt Lake City UT tied the record for the date. It was the 5th day of temperatures 100 degrees or hotter during the month.

# 1986 - Milwaukee County Stadium is under 4 feet of water as intense thunderstorms shatter all rainfall records for the city. 1.10 inches fell in 5 minutes and 5.24 inches fell in 2 hours. 6.84 inches fell in 24 hours. Damage $5.9 million.

# 1992 - A firefighter in Sarasota County Florida was struck by lightning while fighting a fire that was caused by a lightning strike. He was knocked unconscious.

# 1993 - Virginia experiences its worst tornado outbreak ever as 18 tornadoes rip through the state in 5 hours. In an average year, only six tornadoes are reported in the state and the worst outbreak prior to this date produced just ten twisters. The most devastating tornado caused severe damage in the historic part of Petersburg, then moved on to Pocahontas Island and into Colonial Heights. Here the storm ripped apart a WalMart store, killing three people and injuring nearly 200. The F4 twister was the first known violent tornado in Virginia history. It killed a total of 4 people and injured 246 along its 12 mile path. Total damages were nearly $50 million.



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August 7th - NWS Chicago CWA:

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AUGUST 7
AUGUST 7, 1947: IN CHICAGO...A 3-DAY HEAT WAVE WAS SNAPPED WHEN IT ONLY REACHED 85 DEGREES WHILE ROCKFORD CONTINUED TO SEE 90 DEGREE WEATHER. HOT TEMPERATURES WERE NOT UNUSUAL DURING THIS MONTH. IT TURNS OUT THAT THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE IN CHICAGO WAS 80.2 DEGREES AND ROCKFORD RECORDED AN AVERAGE OF 80.6 DEGREES. AUGUST OF 1947 IS THE WARMEST AUGUST EVER FOR BOTH CITIES...AND A TOTAL OF FIFTEEN HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE SET.
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August 7

MN History
1863 - Forest City observer sees what he calls a "perfect tornado." He noted that it "drove principally from west to east and lasted about one half hour."

1896 - Final day of a massive heat wave with 104 at Le Sueur and Mazeppa.

1955 - The climate record of George W. Richards of Maple Plain ends. He recorded weather data with lively notations on phenology and weather events. He began taking observations when he was eleven in 1883. He continued to take observations for 72 years, with 66 years as a National Weather Service Cooperator.

1968 - 7.09 inches of rain fell at Mankato. 1,200 homes had slight to heavy damage. Highways 169 and 22 were blocked by mud slides.

U.S. History
# 1904 - A flash flood near Pueblo, CO, washed a train from the tracks killing 89 passengers. A bridge, weakened by the floodwaters sweeping through the valley below, gave way under the weight of the train dashing all but the sleeping cars into the torrent drowning the occupants. Rail service was frequently interrupted in the Rocky Mountain Region and southwestern U.S. that summer due to numerous heavy downpours which washed out the railroad beds delaying trains as much as five days. (David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel)

# 1918 - Philadelphia, PA, established an all-time record with a high of 106 degrees. New York City experienced its warmest day and night with a low of 82 degrees and a high of 102 degrees. Afternoon highs of 108 degrees at Flemington NJ and Somerville NJ established state records for the month of August. (The Weather Channel) (Sandra and TI Richard Sanders - 1987)

# 1984 - El Paso, TX, normally receives 1.21 inches of rain in August. They got it in forty-five minutes, with four more inches to boot, during a storm which left Downtown El Paso under five feet of water. (The Weather Channel)

# 1986 - A rare outbreak of seven tornadoes occurred in New England. One tornado carved its way through Cranston RI and Providence RI causing twenty injuries. Rhode Island had not reported a tornado in twelve years, and three touched down in 24 hours. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)

# 1987 - Morning thunderstorms drenched Goldsboro, NC, with 3.37 inches of rain. Late morning thunderstorms in Arizona produced dime size hail, wind gusts to 50 mph, and two inches of rain, at Sierra Vista. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1988 - A dozen cities in the central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, including Waco, TX, with a reading of 107 degrees. The record high of 88 degrees at Marquette, MI, was their twenty-third of the year. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin, with wind gusts to 81 mph reported at McCool, NE. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1989 - Forty cities in the central U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date, including Valentine, NE, with a reading of 40 degrees, and Belcourt ND with a low of 37 degrees. Martin SD was the cold spot in the nation with a morning low of 30 degrees. Unseasonably hot weather prevailed over Florida and Washington State, with record highs of 100 degress at Daytona Beach, FL, 101 degrees at Walla Walla, WA, and 103 degrees at Hanford, WA. (The National Weather Summary)

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# 1975 - Miserable heat in the Big Apple. New York City swelters through its hottest day ever, with a high of 102 and a low of only 82. Philadelphia also set a record with 108.

# 1979 - Not a very nice day in Spearfish, SD. Three different hailstorms occurred in the same afternoon. One produced baseball size hail and the other two produced hailstones to golfball size.

# 1980 - Mount St. Helens in Washington erupted on this date sending a plume of ash 40,000 feet into the atmosphere.

# 1980 - 5 to 7 inches of rain fell across the North Concho River north of San Angelo Texas causing the River to rise 15 feet and nearly sweeping away several campers.

# 1983 - 104.5 degrees at Thunder Bay, Ontario marks their hottest day of all time.

# 1983 - An unusual westward moving cyclone crossed India to the Arabian Peninsula. Indian butterflies never seen before would miraculously appear a few days later in Abu Dhabi and Oman after being blown 625 miles by the storm.

# 1984 - 1.21 inches of rain fell in 45 minutes at El Paso TX, which was then followed by an additional four inches. The rainfall caused major flooding in the downtown area. Some streets were under five feet of water.

# 1990 - Nome, AK observed its ninth thunderstorm of the year. Not very notable, unless you consider the fact that that number was more than the city had observed in the past twenty years combined.

# 1991 - Norfolk VA measured 0.69 inches of rain in 12 minutes.

# 1993 - Great Mississippi River Flood of 1993: Main flood crest reaches Cairo IL where the river is joined by the Ohio River. No serious flooding will occur further south because the river becomes wider and deeper.

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August 8th - NWS Chicago CWA:

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AUGUST 8, 1934: THE HOT SULTRY DAYS OF SUMMER IN 1934 CARRIED OVER INTO AUGUST. A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 100 WAS RECORDED AT CHICAGO WHILE ROCKFORD RECORDED A HIGH OF 99 DEGREES. THIS LED TO BOTH STATIONS SETTING HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS FOR THIS DATE.
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U.S. History
# 1878 - The temperature at Denver, CO, soars to an all-time record high of 105 degrees. (The Weather Channel)

# 1881 - A cloudburst and flash flood occurred at Central Springs, CO, and Idaho Springs, CO. (David Ludlum)

# 1882 - An August snowstorm was reported by a ship on Lake Michigan. A thick cloud reportedly burst on the decks covering them with snow and slush six inches deep. Snow showers were observed at shore points that day. (David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel)

# 1983 - The temperature at Big Horn Basin, WY, reached 115 degrees to establish a state record. (The Weather Channel)

# 1987 - Thunderstorm rains in eastern Nebraska sent the Wahoo River and Ithica River above flood stage. Thunderstorm rains in western Iowa sent the Nishnabotna River over flood stage. Up to seven inches of rain deluged the Council Bluffs area Friday evening and Saturday morning. Thunderstorms produced 4.4 inches of rain in three hours Friday evening, along with golf ball size hail. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1988 - Thunderstorms developing along a slow moving cold front produced severe weather from central Kansas to southern Wisconsin late in the day. Thunderstorms in Iowa produced hail three inches in diameter at Vinton, and produced wind gusts to 75 mph at Donohue and near Mount Pleasant. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1989 - A total of ninety-nine cities in the central and eastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date, including Alpena MI with a reading of 40 degrees. Mount Mitchell NC was the cold spot in the nation with a morning low of 35 degrees. Early evening thunderstorms around Las Vegas NV produced wind gusts to 116 mph. The high winds damaged or destroyed about eighty- two aircraft at Henderson Sky Harbor Airport and McCarran International Airport, causing fourteen million dollars damage. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)

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# 1829 - Major tornado affected areas of northern New York State.

# 1898 - The official rain gauge at Fort Mohave AZ was blown over by the furious winds that accompanied a thunderstorm on this date. However, a wash tub was reported to have received 8 inches of rain during the 45 minute storm.

# 1967 - Over ten inches of rain falls during a two week period to cause the Great Fairbanks Flood. $100 million in damage is the result.

# 1979 - 13 people attending a fair in Marion OH near Columbus were injured by flying debris from a tornado.


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August 9th - NWS Chicago CWA:

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AUGUST 9
...CHICAGO... AUGUST 9, 1995: A WOMAN WAS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING AS SHE GOT OUT OF HER CAR AT ROUND LAKE BEACH. ANOTHER WOMAN WAS SLIGHTLY INJURED WHEN LIGHTNING STRUCK THE BELL TOWER OF A CHURCH WHILE SHE WAS ON THE PHONE AND KNOCKED HER ACROSS THE ROOM. IN NORTHBROOK...A 14 YEAR OLD BOY WAS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING AFTER WAITING UNDER A TREE TO WAIT FOR THE STORM TO PASS. HE WENT INTO A COMA AND DIED THREE DAYS LATER.

...ROCKFORD... AUGUST 9, 1936: THIS WAS ONE OF THREE DAYS DURING THE MONTH WHERE HIGH TEMPERATURES CLIMBED INTO THE 100'S. ON THIS DATE... THE HIGH REACHED 100 DEGREES...SETTING A HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORD.
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August 10th - NWS Chicago CWA:

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AUGUST 10
AUGUST 10, 1983: THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED OVER NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST ILLINOIS DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS. WINDS AS HIGH AS 70 MPH UPROOTED TREES...DAMAGED HOMES...AND CAUSED POWER FAILURES. VERY POWERFUL WINDS FROM MICROBURSTS CAUSED CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO A COUPLE OF BARNS AND A COMMERCIAL BUILDING IN MCHENRY. NUMEROUS TREES WERE BROKEN AND AREAS OF CORN CROPS WERE FLATTENED. MANY TREES WERE UPROOTED AND DAMAGED SEVERAL HOMES IN DIXON IN LEE COUNTY. THE STRENGTH OF THESE MICROBURSTS WAS BETWEEN F0 AND F1. LIGHTNING FROM THESE STORMS STRUCK AND KILLED ONE CHILD WITH SIX OTHERS INJURED AT A PLAYGROUND IN MOUNT PROSPECT.
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August 9

MN History
1948 - 7.72 inches of rain at Mankato.

U.S. History
# 1878 - The second most deadly tornado in New England history struck Wallingford CT killing 34 persons, injuring 100 others, and completely destroying thirty homes. The tornado started as a waterspout over a dam on the Quinnipiac River. It was 400 to 600 feet wide, and had a short path length of two miles. (The Weather Channel)

# 1969 - A tornado hit Cincinnati OH killing four persons and causing fifteen million dollars property damage. The tornado moved in a southeasterly direction at 40 to 50 mph. (The Weather Channel)

# 1987 - Florida baked in the summer heat. Nine cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including Jacksonville with a reading of 101 degrees. Miami FL reported a record high of 98 degrees. (The National Weather Summary)

# 1988 - Tropical Storm Beryl deluged Biloxi with 6.32 inches of rain in 24 hours, and in three days drenched Pascagoula MS with 15.85 inches of rain. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in the Southern Plains Region and over the Central High Plains Region. Thunderstorms in Oklahoma producedwind gusts to 92 mph at Harrah. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1989 - Evening thunderstorms in Arizona deluged Yuma with record torrential rains for the second time in two weeks. The rainfall total of 5.25 inches at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot established a state 24 hour record, and was nearly double the normal annual rainfall. Some of the homes were left with four feet of water in them. Seventy-six cities in the south central and eastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. Lake Charles LA equalled their record for August with a low of 61 degrees. Canaan Valley WV was the cold spot in the nation with a low of 32 degrees. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

...and more History
# 1930 - Tennessee records it hottest temperature ever (113F) at Perryville.

# 1976 - Hurricane Belle passes just off the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a category 3 storm heading northward. Hurricane warnings are extended to the coastal sections of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island where tides as high as 12-15 feet are expected. Fortunately, the hurricane weakened before landfall early the next morning near Jones Beach on Long Island.

# 1979 - Major flooding on Lost Creek in West Virginia. Water up to 7 feet deep in the town of Clarksburg WV.

# 1980 - Hurricane Allen threatens the Texas coast. Air Force reconnaissance measured a very low central pressure of 916mb.

# 1980 - Severe lightning across West Virginia. Two people were struck on a golf course near Vienna WV. A person standing between the two victims was uninjured. 12 people were injured when lightning struck during a prayer service near Bluefield.

# 1997 - Flash flooding in the Arizona desert weakened a bridge over a normally dry stream bed, causing the track to buckle and derail AMTRAK's Southwest Chief 13 miles east of Kingman AZ. 116 people on board were injured.



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August 10

MN History
1939 - Cloudburst at Two Harbors. 5.2 inches of rain fell.

2004 - Cool Canadian air was ushered in on strong northwest winds. International Falls had its coldest high temperature ever for August with 49 degrees. The Twin Cities only saw a high of 59.

U.S. History
# 1882 - Sandusky OH noted a four minute snow squall during the morning, frost was reported in the suburbs of Chicago, and a killing frost was reported at Cresco IA. (The Weather Channel)

# 1898 - The temperature at Pendleton OR climbed all the way to 119 degrees at set a state record. (The Weather Channel)

# 1924 - Colorado's deadliest tornado killed a woman and nine children in one house along its twenty-mile path east southeast of Thurman. Mennonite men had left the farm to provide possible aid, as the 200-yard wide storm was first seen while far away.(The Weather Channel)

# 1936 - The temperature soared to 114 degrees at Plain Dealing, LA, and reached 120 degrees at Ozark AR, to establish record highs for those two states. (The Weather Channel)

# 1980 - Hurricane Allen came ashore above Brownsville, TX, dropping fifteen inches of rain near San Antonio, and up to 20 inches in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Tidal flooding occurred along the South Texas coast. Hurricane Allen packed winds to 150 mph, and also spawned twenty-nine tornadoes. Total damage from the storm was estimated at 750 million dollars. (David Ludlum)

# 1987 - Unseasonably hot weather continued in the southeastern U.S. Ten cities in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina reported record high temperatures for the date. Macon GA hit 101 degrees. A tropical depression deluged southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana with torrential rains. (The National Weather Summary)

# 1988 - Citizens of Bluefield, WV, where the Chamber of Commerce provides free lemonade on days when the temperature warms into the 90s, were able to celebrate their record high of 90 degrees. Eight other cities also reported record high temperatures for the date,including Bismarck ND with a reading of 102 degrees.(The National Weather Summary)

# 1989 - Thirty-eight cities in the south central and southeastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date, including Asheville NC with a reading of 48 degrees, and Victoria TX with a low of 63 degrees. Oklahoma City OK reported a record cool afternoon high of 71 degrees, and the daily high of 64 degrees at Raleigh NC established a record for August. In Arizona, a record sixty-four day streak of 100 degree days at Phoenix came to an end.(The National Weather Summary)

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# 1778 - Major hurricane along the east coast (10th-13th). The storm could have played a decisive role in a major naval battle between the French and British fleets, but British naval commanders failed to capitalize on their advantage after the larger French ships were damaged more heavily by the storm.

# 1856 - The Last Island Disaster. Last Island, or Isle Derniere, was a small spit of land 150 miles east of Cameron LA. It was just 22 miles long and less than one mile wide in most places. At its highest point, the island was less than 6 feet above the Gulf of Mexico. It had 20 small cottages and a two story hotel, called Muggah's Hotel. Many prominent Louisiana families vacationed there to enjoy the cool breezes off the Gulf of Mexico. They wee shuttled to and from the island by a steamboat named The Star. By Saturday, August 9th, it was evident that a storm was approaching, but more guests arrived on The Star that fateful Sunday morning. By noon, the wind had increased and the surf was rapidly moving further and further up the beach. Winds mounted to hurricane force by mid-afternoon and a storm surge rushed across the island. Survivors from the island huddled in the hotel, but it gradually was breaking apart. The Star picked up survivors and the ship escaped being sunk by the fearsome storm when the Captain ordered the upper woodwork of the top deck torn away. 140 people perished in the storm. Today all you will find there are pelicans and other birds.

# 1987 - Ely NV records their all-time record high temperature with a reading of 102 degrees.

# 1993 - Lightning struck a nursing home at Sandy UT. A patient was struck when the current entered his room, temporarily blinding him, but freeing him of intense pain for 24 hours that he had been suffering.

# 1996 - Widespread power outages occurred across the West. Blazing heat covered the West for much of the summer and was blamed for the Blackout which affected over four million people. Residents of California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Baja California in Mexico, and Alberta in Canada lost power when the massive blackout occurred. High temperatures in the 90s and 100s sent the demand for power to high levels, as people turned on their air conditioners to find relief from the heat. Some of the specific highs on August 10 included 88 degrees in Seattle, Washington, 98 degrees in Portland, Oregon, a record breaking 100 degrees in Burns, Oregon, 106 degrees in Phoenix, Arizona, and a record 110 degrees in Sacramento, California. Temperatures in the deserts of California and Arizona were in the 110-120 degree range. As a result of the power outage, residents of Los Angeles were unable to find relief from the heat at the oceans edge. Beaches were closed after a pump failed at a sewage treatment plant, sending raw sewage into the Pacific Ocean. Beaches in a eight mile stretch were closed as the water was deemed unsafe for people to swim in.



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August 11th - NWS Chicago CWA:

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AUGUST 11
AUGUST 11, 2004: THE COOL SUMMER OF 2004 RESULTED IN HIGH TEMPERATURES ONLY REACHING INTO THE 60S FROM THE 10TH THROUGH THE 12TH. THIS LED TO SIX RECORDS TO BE SET DURING THE MONTH ...THIS DATE INCLUDED...AS CHICAGO ONLY RECORDED A HIGH OF 62 DEGREES AND ROCKFORD WITH 61. AUGUST 2004 GOES DOWN AS THE 4TH COLDEST AUGUST ON RECORD AT CHICAGO AND THE 3RD COLDEST AT ROCKFORD.
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August 11

MN History
1899 - A lightning bolt from "clear skies" destroys a storefront in Fisher, Polk County.

1945 - Downpour over Red Wing. nearly 8 inches of rain fell.

1979 - The mercury was plummeting over portions of the Arrowhead of Minnesota. The temperature at Embarrass fell to 28 degrees, accompanied by a hard freeze.

U.S. History
# 1940 - A major hurricane struck Savannnah, GA, and Charleston, SC, causing the worst inland flooding since 1607. (David Ludlum)

# 1944 - The temperature at Burlington, VT, soared to an all-time record high of 101 degrees. (The Weather Channel) The "Dog Days" officially come to an end on this date, having begun the third day in July. Superstition has it that dogs tend to become mad during that time of the year. (The Weather Channel)

# 1980 - Clouds and moisture from Hurricane Allen provided a brief break from the torrid Texas heatwave, with daily highs mostly in the 70s to lower 90s. (The Weather Channel)

# 1987 - An early evening thunderstorm in Wyoming produced hail up to two inches in diameter from Alva to Hulett. Snow plows had to be used to clear Highway 24 south of Hulett, where hail formed drifts two feet deep. (The National Weather Summary)

# 1988 - Moisture from what remained of Tropical Storm Beryl resulted in torrential rains across eastern Texas. Twelve and a half inches of rain deluged Enterprise TX, which was more than the amount received there during the previous eight months. Philadelphia PA reported a record forty-four days of 90 degree weather for the year. Baltimore MD and Newark NJ reported a record fourteen straight days of 90 degree heat. (The National Weather Summary)

# 1989 - One of the most severe convective outbreaks of record came to a climax in southern California after four days. Thunderstorms deluged Benton CA with six inches of rain two days in a row, and the flooding which resulted caused more than a million dollars damage to homes and highways. Thunderstorms around Yellowstone Park WY produced four inches of rain in twenty minutes resulting in fifteen mudslides. Thunderstorms over Long Island NY drenched Suffolk County with 8 to 10 inches of rain. Twenty-three cities in the southeastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. It was, for some cities, the fourth straight morning of record cold temperatures. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

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# 1884 - August 11th marks the official end of Dog Days. A thunderstorm brought at least a temporary end to them in Miami on this date. Miami reported a record high of 96 degrees before thunderstorms moved in, dropping the temperature. In fact, the cooled off so dramatically that a new low temperature record was also set for the date with 70 degrees. Actually, some of the United States' hottest weather occurs after August 11th. Primarily, its just an excuse to take it easy during the lazy, hazy days of summer.

# 1914 - 108 at Northwest River in Newfoundland established the record high temperature for the province.

# 1928 - 7.31 inches of rain in 24 hours at Washington DC on the 11th and 12th established an all-time 24 hour rainfall record for the city.

# 1968 - A young girl in a lake was injured when a dust devil near Bristol, Connecticut, carried a 150 pound roof covering a picnic area into the lake.

# 1980 - The Democratic National Convention in Madison Square Garden could not even drown out the din of a major thunderstorm that affected the New York City area. 70 mph winds and major lightning knocked out power to over 30,000 people.

# 1984 - Miami sets record high for the date with 96. Then a thunderstorm cools things off to 70, which set a record low for the date.

# 1984 - 11 inches of rain fell in 24 hours at Dulles Airport near Washington D.C.

# 1986 - Atlanta GA saw its streak of 38 consecutive days with 90 degrees or hotter finally come to an end with a reading of 89 degrees.

# 1993 - Unusual high elevation tornado in the Ashley National Forest of Utah produces path 17 miles long and as much as 1/2 mile wide. The storm attained an F3 strength, destroying 1000 acres of trees. The highest elevation damage was observed at 10,800 feet.

# 1997 - A cloudy, rainy day across southern Michigan has resulted in a new lowest daily maximum temperature in Lansing and tied a record in Grand Rapids. The high temperature at Lansing was just 64 degrees. The previous record was 65 set in 1994. In Grand Rapids today's high of 64 ties the previous low maximum set back in 1902.



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August 12th - NWS Chicago CWA:

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...CHICAGO...AUGUST 12, 1915: IN CHICAGO...THE HIGH TEMPERATURE REACHED 71 DEGREES...WELL BELOW THE AVERAGE HIGH OF 82 DEGREES. AUGUST OF 1915 HAD ONLY THREE DAYS WHEN THE TEMPERATURE REACHED OR EXCEEDED THE DAILY NORMAL HIGH. CHICAGO FINISHED THE MONTH WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 66.6 DEGREES...THE ALL-TIME COOLEST AUGUST IN CHICAGO'S RECORDED HISTORY. DESPITE THE COOL READINGS...THERE WERE NO OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURE RECORDS SET DURING THIS MONTH, BUT FOUR LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE ESTABLISHED.

...ROCKFORD... AUGUST 12, 1964: IT SURE FELT MORE LIKE FALL THAN SUMMER FOR ROCKFORD RESIDENTS AS THE HIGH ONLY CLIMBED TO 64 DEGREES. THIS SET A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE FOR THE 12TH. COOL WEATHER SETTLED OVER NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOR MUCH OF THE MONTH RESULTING IN AUGUST OF 1964 GOING DOWN AS THE 5TH COLDEST AUGUST ON RECORD.
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