Meteorological events that happened on September 5th:
One of the many forms of lightning is called sheet lightning. Sheet lightning occurs when either the lightning flash occurs inside of a cloud or intervening clouds obscure the flash such that a portion of the cloud or clouds appear as a luminous white or blue sheet.
Record late summer heat blasted parts of the Midwest & Missouri Valley. Quincy, IL & Osage, IA set their highest September temperatures on record with 105° & 101° respectively.
Other daily records included: Tulsa, OK: 107°, Sioux Falls, SD: 104°, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX: 104°, Lincoln, NE: 103°, Topeka, KS: 102°, Huron, SD: 102°, Norfolk, NE: 101°, Omaha, NE: 100°, Sioux City, IA: 99°, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN: 97°, Williston, ND: 96°, Glasgow, MT: 95° and Rochester, MN: 94°.
An intense lightning storm killed two boys taking refuge under a stock of grain in the Seamans District, Saskatchewan Canada.
Searing heat extended from the Midwest to the East. The temperature at Centerville, AL soared to 112° to establish a state record. Every reporting station in Alabama was 100° or above that afternoon. Birmingham was recording its third of seven straight days with temperatures over the century mark. On the 5th and 6th, the temperature at Birmingham topped out at 106°. After a brief reprieve, the temperature would once again reach the century mark on 9/22 the latest Birmingham has ever seen 100°.
Other daily record included: Huntsville, AL: 107°, Athens, GA: 107°, Montgomery, AL: 106°, Jackson, MS: 105°, Mobile, AL: 103°, Evansville, IN: 103°, St. Louis, MO: 103°, Meridian, MS: 103°, Pensacola, FL: 102°, Atlanta, GA: 102°, Augusta, GA: 102°, Nashville, TN: 102°, Tallahassee, FL: 101°, Columbia, SC: 101°, Rockford, IL: 100°, Kansas City, MO: 100°, Knoxville, TN: 100°, Charleston, WV: 100°, Springfield, IL: 99°, Des Moines, IA: 99°, Charlotte, NC: 99°, Greenville-Spartanburg, SC: 99°, South Bend, IN: 98°, Gainesville, FL: 97°, Greensboro, NC: 97°, Jacksonville, FL: 96°, Roanoke, VA: 95°, Asheville, NC: 94° and Mansfield, OH: 91°.
3 inches of early season snow was recorded near Lusk, WY.
A hurricane hit Brownsville, TX causing 40 deaths and an estimated $12 million dollars in damage.
A streak of 10 consecutive days with measurable rainfall for La Crosse, WI began on this date. The streak ran through the 14th, with a total of 6.89 inches falling during the period.
The temperature at Portland, OR soared to 102°, the only time in the city's history the temperature reached the century mark in September.
Other daily records across the country included: Medford, OR: 103°, Salem, OR: 103°, Lewiston, ID: 103°, Augusta, GA: 102°-Tied, Eugene, OR: 101°, Daytona Beach, FL: 99°, Savannah, GA: 99°, Charleston, SC: 99°, Jacksonville, FL: 98°, Gainesville, FL: 97°-Tied and Seattle, WA: 88°.
On this date through the 6th, Hurricane Easy looped twice off the west coast of Florida, moving little from the 4th through the 6th. This slow movement allowed tremendous rainfall amounts to accumulate in some areas. The 24-hour rainfall of 38.7 inches that fell at Yankeetown from this date through the 6th is the highest ever in Florida, and the second highest all-time 24 hour amount in North America. Easy had top winds of 125 mph and a barometric pressure of 958 millibars or 28.30 inHg. The tide at Tampa Bay, FL rose to 6.5 feet. Severe beach erosion was reported from Sarasota to Cedar Key. Cedar Key reported hurricane force winds from 6am to 6pm on this date. The fishing fleet of Cedar Key was destroyed by high wind and waves.
Albany, NY endured their 10th straight day of 90° temperatures, their longest heat wave on record when they set a record high of 90. Other records included: Avoca, PA: 89° and Worcester, MA: 88°.
A dominate heat ridge across the Ohio Valley was responsible for a three day heat wave that started on this date. Daily records included: Paris, IL: 105°, Nashville, TN: 105°, Decatur, IL: 104°, Louisville, KY: 104°, Paducah, KY: 104°, Lexington, KY: 103°, Tupelo, MS: 103°, Knoxville, TN: 103°, Memphis, TN: 103°, St. Louis, MO: 103°-Tied, Evansville, IN: 103°-Tied, Chattanooga, TN: 102°, Oak Ridge, TN: 102°, Charlotte, NC: 101°, Roanoke, VA: 101°, Indianapolis, IN: 100°, Cincinnati, OH: 100°, Richmond, VA: 100°, Huntington, WV: 100°, Detroit, MI: 99°, Cleveland, OH: 99°, Columbus, OH: 99°, Youngstown, OH: 99°, Bristol, TN: 99°, Lynchburg, VA: 99°, Springfield, IL: 99°-Tied, Greenville-Spartanburg, SC: 99°, Akron, OH: 98°, Columbus, GA: 98°-Tied, Macon, GA: 98°-Tied, Raleigh, NC: 97°, Greensboro, NC: 97°-Tied, Baltimore, MD: 96°, Asheville, NC: 95°, Mansfield, OH: 95°, Toledo, OH: 95°, Williamsport, PA: 95°, Flint, MI: 94°, Beckley, WV: 94°, Harrisburg, PA: 93°, Madison, WI: 93°-Tied, Elkins, WV: 92° and Grand Rapids, MI: 92°-Tied.
A strong heat ridge was across the Great Basin produced record heat. Record highs included: Palm Springs, CA: 116°, Riverside, CA: 110°, Escondido, CA: 109°, Las Vegas, NV: 109°-Tied, Victorville, CA: 107°, Fresno, CA: 105°-Tied, Bishop, CA: 103°, Winnemucca, NV: 100°, Burns, OR: 99°, Reno, NV: 98°, Boise, ID: 97°, Elko, NV: 97°, Yakima, WA: 97°, Palomar Mountain, CA: 96°, Sheridan, WY: 96°, Pocatello, ID: 95°, Salt Lake City, UT: 95°, Spokane, WA: 94°, Portland, OR: 93°, Ely, NV: 92°-Tied and Olympia, WA: 89°.
The heaviest hailstone recorded in Great Britain at 0.31 pounds was observed at Horsham in Sussex.
One of the most unpredictable hurricanes ever in the North Atlantic, Hurricane Betsy, was making a series of loops off the Southeastern U.S. coast, baffling forecasters and upsetting the Labor Day Holiday plans for millions of vacationers.
Severe thunderstorms crossed southwest Oklahoma. The storms brought torrential rain, up to five inches in one hour at some locations, which caused street flooding in Martha, Blair, and Hester. Some residents had water up to their porches. The storms also produced strong winds that caused major damage in Blair.
Heavy thunderstorms produced flooding across low lying areas of the northwest suburbs and the northwest side of Chicago, IL. 1.28 inches of rain was recorded in about 30 minutes at O’Hare Airport.
Bug Point recorded Utah’s record maximum 24 hour precipitation record (also the lowest of all U.S. states) as 6 inches of rain fell.
Hurricane Ginger was born in the Atlantic and would be active for 31 days, setting the record as longest lived tropical cyclone on record.
Strong winds reduced visibilities to near zero in blowing dust resulting in a 22-car chain reaction accident on Interstate 10 near Toltec, AZ. Two people were killed, and 14 others were injured.
Hurricane David made landfall near Savannah, GA then tracked through interior sections of the Eastern Seaboard. The storm produced dozens of tornadoes and flash flooding in the Mid-Atlantic region on this date through the 6th. Baltimore, MD experienced one of its most destructive flash floods as more than 6 inches of rain fell, most within a few hours between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. David spawned tornadoes across New Castle County, Delaware and Berks & Chester Counties in Pennsylvania, where a man was killed in his trailer. The New Garden Township tornado in Chester County, Pennsylvania was classified as an F3, as was the tornado that moved across parts of Oley and Alsace Townships in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Thunderstorms over the Southern and Mid-Atlantic Coast States drenched the coastal regions of South Carolina. Charleston, SC received 5.50 inches of rain, and 13.50 inches in two days, flooding homes, leaving roads and bridges under water, seriously damaged cotton crops and resulted in an unusually high number of mosquitoes. Between 8/30 and 9/8, Charleston received 18.44 inches of rain.
Five days of heavy rain, through the 9th, drenched west central Florida. Up to 20 inches of rain in 4 days resulted in extensive urban flooding, and the evacuation of 1,000 homes. All time record flood crests were recorded on the Hillsborough River at Middleburg, the Manatee River at Myakka, and the Little Manatee River at Wimauma. Flooding claimed four lives, and caused more than $5 million dollars in property damage.
Thunderstorms produced 6 to 10 inches of rain in south central Kansas during the morning hours. Serious flooding was reported around Wichita, with water four feet deep along some roads.
A cold front crossing the Northern Plains Region produced wind gusts to 63 mph at Sheridan, WY.
Flooding surged down the Newsome Creek Canyon in Oregon. A wall of water five feet deep and 200 feet wide roared down the canyon sweeping farm equipment, animals and vehicles downstream as far as six miles. One man drowned.
Hurricane Fran made landfall near Cape Fear, NC with 115 mph sustained winds. The area had just finished cleaning up from Hurricane Bertha less than two months earlier. A storm surge of up to 12 feet occurred in Onslow County. 90% of the homes were damaged or destroyed at North Topsail Beach. 6 to 14 inches of rain fell in sections of North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia with widespread flash flooding. As many as 34 people were killed by Fran and total damage was $3.2 billion dollars. Hurricane Fran was the most costly natural disaster in North Carolina's history.
Erika reached hurricane strength in the Atlantic. The hurricane was notable because it was the only named storm in the Atlantic during the months of August and September. That was the first time since 1929 that only one tropical storm strength system formed in the Atlantic during these two months.
Another day of record heat gripped Texas. All-time record high temperatures were set at Austin, TX: 112°, San Antonio, TX: 111°, Victoria, TX: 111°, Corpus Christi, TX: 109° and Galveston, TX: 104°.
Other record highs included: Del Rio, TX: 109°, Houston, TX: 108°, Waco, TX: 108°, Abilene, TX: 107°, San Angelo, TX: 106°, Brownsville, TX: 105°, Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX: 104°, Lake Charles, LA: 104°, Lubbock, TX: 102°, Baton Rouge, LA: 101° and Alamosa, CO: 86°-Tied.
Category 3 Hurricane Fabian pounded Bermuda with sustained winds of 120 mph and driving rain. The storm knocked out power in 26,000 homes and ripped wind-measuring instruments from their moorings at Bermuda's Weather Service Office. Fabian was the strongest hurricane to hit Bermuda since Hurricane Arlene in 1963. Damage was estimated at $300 million dollars.
Hurricane Frances made landfall at Hutchinson Island on the east central coast of Florida with winds of 105 mph and a central pressure of 960 millibars or 28.35 inHg. An 8 foot storm surge occurred at Vero Beach and High Springs was drenched with 15.84 inches of rain. Frances moved northwestward crossing Florida, into Georgia, and then recurved northeastward up the Appalachians over the next several days, dumping excessive rains: 23.57 inches at Mt. Mitchell, NC, 18.07 inches at Linville Falls, SC and 11.50 inches at Big Meadows, VA. Frances spawned a near record 106 tornadoes. There were 7 fatalities and total damage was $9 billion dollars.
As many as three tornadoes are reported during the afternoon near Soda Springs in southeast Idaho, one downed 46,000-volt power lines.
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