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Weather History: June 25: Record temps, storms, wind, tornado, tropics & floods

Meteorological events that happened on June 25th:


A general fast was called on account of drought in Massachusetts. It was the year of the famous dry spring in which fields and villages burned.


The mercury hit 101° at Portland, OR, their earliest 100 degree reading on record.


Quincy, IL soared to 105°; their hottest temperature on record.


At noon, the tropical depression in the southwest Gulf of Mexico was upgraded to Hurricane Audrey. Air Force reconnaissance investigating Hurricane Audrey over the southwest Gulf of Mexico found a central pressure of 973 millibars or 28.72 inHg. Audrey would eventually achieve Category 4 status; the strongest in the Atlantic Basin in June, before devastating the Cameron, LA area on the 27th.


Two of the most powerful tornadoes ever to strike The Netherlands touched down at Chaam and Tricht killing six people and injuring at least 18 others.


The high of 114° established the all time high at Liberal, KS. It was tied 6/10/1981.


Late afternoon violent thunderstorms moved across the region. Allentown, PA recorded a gust to 77 mph, with quite a few roofs blown off, chimneys toppled, windows blown in, several barns blown over, and innumerable trees felled. Power was interrupted to almost 100,000 customers, some without power for several days. Heavy rain caused flooding and mudslides. Philadelphia, PA received 1.91 inches of rain.


A quarter of an inch of early summer snow was reported near the towns of Sharon and Hartford in the higher terrain of central Vermont.


Afternoon highs of 111° at Redding, CA, 107° at Medford, OR and 97° at Miami, FL were new records for the date. At Miami, it was the third of six straight days of record heat.

Thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 70 mph at Austin, TX, and gusts to 75 mph at Tulsa, OK.


Many cities in the central and eastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. Highs of 100° at Erie, PA, 104° at Cleveland, OH and South Bend, IN established all-time records for those locations. Until this date, Erie, PA, was one of the few non-mountainous spots in the lower 48 states that had never reached 100°. Today's high of 100° broke Erie's previous all-time record of 99° set back on 9/3/1953. Erie's records date back to 1873. Highs of 101° at Flint, MI, 105° at Chicago, IL, and 106° at Fort Wayne, IN equaled all-time records. Owen, WI set their all-time June record high with 94°.

In Ontario, Canada, all-time records were set as the mercury soared to 104° at Windsor and 101° at London.

Thunderstorms in Idaho produced wind gusts to 100 mph west of Bliss and north of Crouch, injuring 29 people.


Tropical depression Allison, the remnants of what was earlier Hurricane Cosme from the Pacific Ocean which dissipated as it crossed northern Mexico, began to spread heavy rain into southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.


Borrego Springs, CA hit 122°; their hottest temperature on record. Phoenix, AZ set a daily record high of 120°.


Blistering heat prevailed across the southwest deserts as many daily record highs were set including: Yuma, AZ: 119°, Tucson, AZ: 115° and Winslow, AZ: 103°.


Melbourne, FL set a record high temperature for the 15th consecutive day with 96°. By the end of June, 22 record highs were set.


Thunderstorms deluged northern Missouri and sections of central Illinois with 6 to 8 inches of rain. Linneus, MO was hardest hit with 8.61 inches while nearby Ethel reported 7.88 inches and Gallatin 6.80 inches.


A series of powerful thunderstorms developed during the late morning and afternoon spawning tornadoes in the Avon area north of Aylmer and in the Leamington area not far from Windsor across southwestern Ontario Canada. The Avon tornado was rated an F2.


A new high temperature record was set in the country of Sudan when the town of Dongola hit 121.5°.


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