On This Day In Weather History...



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AUGUST 17TH...HISTORIC WEATHER EVENTS
...1915...
A hurricane hit Galveston TX with wind gusts to 120 mph and a twelve foot
storm surge. The storm claimed 275 lives, including forty-two on Galveston
Island, with most deaths due to drowning. Of 250 homes built outside the
seawall (which was constructed after the catastrophic hurricane of 1900),
just ten percent were left standing. (The Weather Channel)
...1969...
Camille, the second worst hurricane in U.S. history, smashed into the
Mississippi coast. Winds gusted to 172 mph at Main Pass Block LA, and to
190 mph near Bay Saint Louis MS. The hurricane claimed 256 lives, and
caused 1.3 billion dollars damage. Several ocean going ships were carried
over seven miles inland by the hurricane. The hurricane produced winds to
200 mph, and a storm surge of 24.6 feet. Complete destruction occurred in
some coastal areas near the eye of the hurricane. (David Ludlum) (The
Weather Channel)
...1987...
Evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in the Northern and Central
Plains Region. One thunderstorm spawned a tornado near Fairbury NE, along
with baseball size hail and wind gusts to 100 mph, causing severe crop
damage west of town. Ten cities in the eastern U.S. reported record high
temperatures for the date. Syracuse NY hit 97 degrees for the first time in
twenty-two years. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
...1988...
Fifty-five cities, from the Middle Mississippi Valley to the Middle
Atlantic Coast Region, reported record high temperatures for the date.
Beckley WV reported an all-time record high of 96 degrees, and Baltimore MD
hit 104 degrees, marking their thirteenth day of the year with 100 degree
heat. Chicago IL equalled a record with 46 days of 90 degree weather for
the year. Thunderstorms produced severe weather from Wisconsin to New
Jersey. Thunderstorms in New Jersey produced high winds which gusted to 92
mph at Wrightstown, and blew down a circus tent at Lavallette injuring
fourteen persons. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
...1989...
Morning thunderstorms produced three to six inch rains in Oklahoma, and the
Arkalatex area of Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana. Tom OK was soaked with
5.98 inches of rain, and Foreman AR received 5.55 inches. Evening
thunderstorms produced high winds in the Wasatch Front of northern Utah.
Thunderstorm winds gusted to 66 mph at Salt Lake City, and flash flooding
caused up to two million dollars damage to a marina on Lake Powell. (Storm
Data) (The National Weather Summary)


Ag Weather Center, Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky