Meteorological events that happened on September 6th:
A major hurricane struck Virginia. The storm surge was reported at 12 feet above normal. Up to a foot of rain was reported in some areas. Crop loss was extensive.
Over 6,000 people died when a major hurricane struck the island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean.
The first official weather observation in Canada was taken at King's College, University of Toronto Canada by members of the British Royal Artillery.
Forest fires in Michigan and Ontario resulted in 'Yellow Day' in the northeastern U.S. 20 villages in Michigan burned, and a total of 500 people were killed. Fires caused $2.3 million dollars in losses near Lake Huron. Candles were needed at the noon hour.
Topeka, KS was drenched with 8.08 inches of rain in 24 hours to establish an all-time record for the city.
Iowa's earliest snow on record occurred as a few flakes were observed in the morning hours at Alton. Three inches of snow was reported in Harrison, NE.
A prolonged heat wave continued in the southwest. Riverside, CA & Escondido, CA set their September high temperature records with 114° and 111° respectively. The 111° reading in Escondido was their highest reading in 50 years until it was broken on 7/22/2006 when they hit 112°. Other record highs included: Las Vegas, NV: 110°, Victorville, CA: 106°, Bishop, CA: 103°, Downtown Los Angeles, CA: 102°, Pendleton, OR: 102°, Boise, ID: 98°, Long Beach, CA: 98°, Winnemucca, NV: 98°, Salt Lake City, UT: 97°, Pocatello, ID: 97°, Yakima, WA: 97°, Winslow, AZ: 97°-Tied, Burns, OR: 96°, Elko, NV: 95°, Palomar Mountain, CA: 94°, Ely, NV: 91° and Flagstaff, AZ: 86°-Tied.
After stalling and looping, Hurricane Betsy moved into the Bahamas, heading for South Florida with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph and a central pressure of 956 millibars or 28.23 inHg.
Tropical Depression Hyacinth was the first tropical cyclone to strike southern California since 1939. Rainfall exceeded three inches in the mountains. Winds were only 30 mph and no deaths or serious damage resulted. This occurred during the El Nino of 1977-78.
Hurricane Carmen caused rough seas, high tides, and minor beach erosion along the western coast of Florida as it passed far to the west beyond 90 degrees longitude intensifying to a major Category 3 Hurricane late in the day with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph and a minimum central pressure of 967 millibars or 28.56 inHg. The storm began moving northward from Yucatan on September 5th, passing through the central Gulf of Mexico and moving inland on the Louisiana coast during the predawn hours of September 8th.
Heavy rain from Tropical Depression Norman destroyed 95% of California's raisin crop, which was drying outside during a normally dry time of the year.
Thunderstorms produced damaging high winds in and around the Black Hills of South Dakota. Winds gusted to an estimated 100 mph at Mt. Coolidge and to 75 mph over the northern Black Hills and adjoining Plains. The winds damaged many trees, in some cases snapping branches as big as 6 inches in diameter. Winds also caused power outages in many areas and damaged numerous roofs, buildings, and signs. In the Martin area winds estimated at 90 mph destroyed several small buildings.
Thunderstorms produced more than 7 inches of rain in parts of north Georgia. Four people drowned, and two others were injured, as three couples attempted to cross Mills Stone Creek at Echols Mill (east of Atlanta) in their automobiles.
200 people were killed in their automobiles west of Caracas, Venezuela as a mudslide roared down on a mountain road.
Unseasonably cool weather prevailed across the north central and northeastern U.S. Many cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including: St. Cloud, MN: 35°, Waterloo, IA: 35°, Dubuque, IA: 38°, Green Bay, WI: 38°, St. Joseph, MO: 38°, Binghamton, NY: 39°, Moline, IL: 40°, Springfield, IL: 40°-Tied, Columbia, MO: 41°, Peoria, IL: 41°, La Crosse, WI: 41°-Tied, Des Moines, IA: 42°, Allentown, PA: 42°, Kansas City, MO: 43°, Paducah, KY: 43°, Indianapolis, IN: 44°, Atlantic City, NJ: 44°, Evansville, IN: 45°, Lexington, KY: 45°, Harrisburg, PA: 46°-Tied, Philadelphia, PA: 48°-Tied, Bridgeport, CT: 48°-Tied, Islip, NY: 49°, Nashville, TN: 51°, Chattanooga, TN: 53°-Tied, New York (Kennedy Airport), NY: 53°-Tied, New York (LaGuardia Airport), NY: 53°-Tied and Little Rock, AR: 55°. The mercury dipped to 31° at Hibbing MN and Philips WI.
An early afternoon thunderstorm produced wind gusts to 104 mph at Winter Haven, FL flipping over four airplanes, and damaging five others. The high winds also damaged a hangar and three other buildings.
Powerful Hurricane Gabrielle and strong easterly winds combined to create waves up to 10 feet high along the southern half of the Atlantic coast.
A cold front produced strong winds and blowing dust in the Northern Plains, with gusts to 54 mph reported at Buffalo, SD.
An unusual nighttime warm up occurred at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, OK. At 12:50am, the temperature was 71° with a south wind. Just 25 minutes later, at 1:15am, the temperature was up to 83°. The warm up was due to a heat burst, caused by downward flowing air from a dissipating thunderstorm. By 2:05 AM, the temperature had returned to a more normal reading of 66°.
A very strong thunderstorm caused damage to more than 250 homes in Lake Havasu City, several extensively. Roofs were ripped off and air conditioners at three homes were blown to the ground. Winds overturned some boats with a few of them crashing into the street. Winds also knocked down power lines. Torrential rains caused washes to run very high.
Hurricane Fran brought unprecedented rain and wind to parts of North Carolina, with up to 9.5 inches and hurricane force winds that snapped thousands of trees and knocked out power to one million people. As the torrential rains continued through the night, the waters of Crabtree Creek rose rapidly, flooding the huge Crabtree Valley Mall and the Sheraton Crabtree, where automobiles floated in 6 feet of water in the lobby. It was the worst flooding ever remembered in history on Naked Creek between Page County and Rockingham County & the Hawksbill Creek in Luray, VA. Damage totaled $6 billion dollars from the Carolinas through the Mid Atlantic and westward into Ohio.
Typhoon Sinlaku drenched Japan and surrounding islands. The Category 2 Cyclone packed winds of 100 mph. Naha, Okinawa reported 6.74 inches of rain. Their monthly average is 7.13 inches. In Miyakoshima 10.13 inches of rain fell in the 24 hours. Their September average is 8.04 inches. The typhoon knocked out electricity to tens of thousands of homes, killed at least five people and injured 25 more.
Hurricane Frances moved across Georgia causing heavy rainfall across the southern U.S. Over 15 inches of rain were recorded in some places in North Carolina and Virginia, causing heavy flooding. Frances was downgraded to a tropical depression and dissipated over Pennsylvania on September 9th.
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