Meteorological events that happened on September 7th:
The hottest September day on record occurred in the Northeast with 104° at Washington D.C., 102° in Boston, MA, 101° at New York City and 100° at New Haven, CT.
Much of the Middle and North Atlantic Coast region experienced freezing temperatures. Killer frosts resulted in a million dollars damage to crops in Maine.
Topeka, KS was drenched with 8.08 inches of rain in 24 hours to establish a record for that location.
A hailstorm produced stones as large as baseballs along a 60 mile path from Beresford, SD, to near Oto, IA. The swath of hail damage was five miles wide. Some hail would be evident four days later.
Record heat prevailed across the Midwest. Locations recording their hottest September temperatures included Rockford, IL: 103°, New Hampton, IA: 101° and Lancaster, WI: 100°. Prairie du Chien, WI tied for Wisconsin’s highest September temperature with 104°. Other record highs included: Waterloo, IA: 102°, Columbia, MO: 102°, Kansas City, MO: 102°, Des Moines, IA: 101°, St. Louis, MO: 101°, Peoria, IL: 101°-Tied, Chicago, IL: 100°, Springfield, IL: 100°, Dubuque, IA: 99°, Cincinnati, OH: 99°, Toledo, OH: 99°, Springfield, MO: 99°, Tupelo, MS: 99°, Moline, IL: 99°-Tied, Columbus, OH: 98°, Indianapolis, IN: 98°-Tied, Madison, WI: 97°, Milwaukee, WI: 97°, Akron, OH: 97°, Detroit, MI: 97°, Lexington, KY: 97°-Tied, Mansfield, OH: 95°, Cleveland, OH: 94°, Flint, MI: 92° and Grand Rapids, MI: 92°-Tied.
Santa Ana, CA began with a record low of 51° then quickly warmed to a record high temperature of 105°. Other record highs for the date across the Southland included: Escondido, CA: 106°, Downtown Los Angeles, CA: 103°, Long Beach, CA: 101° and San Diego, CA: 92°.
The heat wave in the southwest continued. Record highs included: Yuma, AZ: 113°, Riverside, CA: 109°, Las Vegas, NV: 108°, Victorville, CA: 106°, Bishop, CA: 100°, Boise, ID: 97°, Salt Lake City, UT: 96°, Idyllwild, CA: 95°, Pocatello, ID: 94°, Los Angeles (LAX), CA: 92° and Ely, NV: 90°.
Billings, MT recorded their earliest measurable snowfall with two inches, followed by 4.3 more inches the next day. Red Lodge, MT received 15 inches from this day through the 8th. Columbus, MT received four inches and Livingston, MT received one inch.
A lightning bolt struck a group of football players at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, FL, killing two people and injuring 22 others. All 38 players and four coaches were knocked off their feet.
Around the evening rush hour Sioux Falls, SD was hit by a severe thunderstorm packing high winds. Winds estimated between 70 and 90 mph caused extensive damage on the southwest side of town. The Park Ridge shopping mall was hit hard by the storm and considerable damage was also done at Western Mall. Damage was mostly to roofs, windows, as well as trees and utility lines. Four people were injured by broken glass at the Western Mall when a skylight was broke by the storm. Total damage was estimated at $60,000 dollars.
Showers and thunderstorms produced 4 to 8 inches of rain in 3 to 6 hours in parts of Virginia, with totals across the state for the Labor Day weekend ranging up to 14 inches. The Staunton River crested at 34.44 feet at Altavista on the 8th, its highest level since 1940. Damage due to flooding was estimated at $7 million dollars around Bedford, Henry, and Franklin.
Many cities across the eastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. The low of 56° at Mobile, AL was their coolest reading on record for so early in the season. The mercury dipped to 31° at Athens OH, and 30° at Thomas, WV.
Other daily records included: Toledo, OH: 38°, Columbus, OH: 40°, Huntington, WV: 41°, Cincinnati, OH: 41°, Pittsburgh, PA: 41°, Paducah, KY: 42°, Indianapolis, IN: 42°, Akron, OH: 42°-Tied, Dayton, OH: 42°-Tied, Mansfield, OH: 42°-Tied, Evansville, IN: 43°, Charleston, WV: 45°, Islip, NY: 46°, Louisville, KY: 46°-Tied, Jackson, KY: 47°, Bristol, TN: 47°-Tied, Meridian, MS: 48°, Lexington, KY: 48°-Tied, Tupelo, MS: 49°, Little Rock, AR: 49°, Nashville, TN: 49°, Birmingham, AL: 50°, Memphis, TN: 50°, Huntsville, AL: 51°, Wallops Island, VA: 52°-Tied, Montgomery, AL: 55°, Shreveport, LA: 55°, Baton Rouge, LA: 56°, Lake Charles, LA: 58°, Pensacola, FL: 60° and Tallahassee, FL: 60°.
Thunderstorms in the central U.S. produced up to 6 inches of rain in southwestern Iowa. Evening thunderstorms in eastern Colorado produced golf ball size hail at Clear Creek and at Nederland. Late evening thunderstorms in Iowa drenched Oelwein with 7.19 inches of rain and Harlan with more than 4 inches of rain.
A 30 minute hailstorm dropped softball size hail on Calgary, Alberta Canada’s subdivisions, breaking windows and siding, splitting trees, and crushing birds. Homeowners filed a record, 116,000 insurance claims for losses exceeding $450 million dollars; making it the most destructive hailstorm ever in Canada.
Severe thunderstorms in Kingman, AZ initially produced high winds and hail and then heavy rain with high winds in a second wave. The winds of the latter event overturned cars and blew a mobile home completely off of its foundation. The heavy rain flooded washes and city streets prompting search and rescue missions to save some trapped motorists.
A fast-moving cluster of thunderstorms known as a derecho swept through upstate New York during the pre-dawn hours, producing winds of 80 to 90 mph. Significant thunderstorm wind damage was reported from Rochester and Syracuse eastward. Later in the day, a squall line moved through New York City producing wind gusts up to 100 mph. Three people were killed, mainly from falling trees. Many people went without power on Labor Day, and some were without power as long as a week later.
A string of 61 consecutive days with temperature 70° or above ended at Seattle-Tacoma, WA. The previous run had been 49 days in 1958.
The temperature soared to a record high of 100° at Szeged, Hungary.
Barrow, AK ended their streak of 68 consecutive days above freezing, which began on July 1, when the low dropped to 31°. This shattered their old record of 51 consecutive days from 7/24-9/11/1979.
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