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Weather History Archive

Weather History - August 30th

Local and Regional Events:

August 30, 1979:

A thunderstorm rolled over Ellsworth Air Force Base bringing almost 60 mph winds to the area.


U.S.A and Global Events for August 30th:

1838: A major tornado, possibly the worst in Rhode Island history, passed south of Providence. It uprooted and stripped trees of their branches, unroofed or destroyed many houses, and sucked water out of ponds. The tornado barely missed a local railroad depot, where many people were waiting for a train. The tornado injured five people. Click HERE for an account of the storm from Robert Hare, M.D., Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, published January 1, 1839.


2002: Typhoon Rusa dumps torrential rains across South Korea, causing widespread flooding from the 30th through September 1st. Typhoon Rusa was the most powerful typhoon to hit South Korea since 1959. Nearly 90,000 people were evacuated. The province of Gangwon was hit the hardest, where an estimated 36 inches of rain fell in less than 48 hours. The torrential rains flooded nearly 36,000 homes. The Korean Defense Ministry reported flood waters submerged 16 jet fighters and 622 military buildings and facilities at Kangnung airbase.


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