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Weather trivia for September


Sep 1, 1894
A forest fire driven by high winds burned down the town of
Hinkley Minnesota killing 418 persons.
In 2011...The high of 107 degrees set the record high for the month
of September at Dodge City.

Sep 2, 1935
Perhaps the most intense hurricane ever to hit the United States
struck the Florida Keys with 200 mph winds. The hurricane produced a
fifteen foot tide and waves thirty feet high. 400 persons
perished in the storm on that Labor day. The barometric pressure
at Matecumbe Bay Florida hit a record low for the United States of
26.38 inches.
In 2011...With a high of 103 degrees at Dodge City, the number of
100 degree days reached 54 in 2011. This broke the previous record
of 42 days back in 1934. The high temperature reached at least 105
degrees 26 times and 108 degrees 8 times.

Sep 3, 1947
The high of 106 degrees established the record high for the month
of September at Dodge City.
IN 1970...During the early evening hours, in the midst of a severe
hailstorm at Coffeyville Kansas, a stone 17.5 inches in circumference
and nearly two pounds in weight was recovered. It was the
largest measured hailstone in United States weather records up
until June 22, 2003, when a larger stone was reported in Aurora
Nebraska. Average stone size from the storm was five inches in diameter,
with another stone reportedly eight inches in diameter.
IN 2012...With a high of 100 degrees at Dodge City, the number of 100
degree days reached 35 and with 54 days of 100 or hotter in 2011, the
total of 89 days for 2011 and 2012 combined is by far the most recorded.

Sep 4, 1939
A thunderstorm deluged Washington D.C. with 4.4 inches of rain in two
hours. September of that year was very dry across much of the nation,
and Washington D.C. received more rain in that two hour period than
most other places in the country that entire month.

Sep 5, 1950
Hurricane Easy produced the greatest 24 hour rainfall in U.S.
weather records. The hurricane deluged Yankeetown, on the upper
west coast of Florida, with 38.7 inches of rain.
IN 1989...Thunderstorms produced six to ten inches of rain in south
central Kansas between 6 am and Noon. Serious flooding was reported
around Wichita, with water four feet deep along some roads.
IN 1996...Hurricane Fran made landfall with 115 mph winds along the
North Carolina coast. The Carolina coastal area had just finished
cleaning up the damage from Hurricane Bertha. As much as 6 to 12
inches of rain fell in portions of North Carolina and Virginia.
Fran caused 34 fatalities and 3.2 billion dollars damage.

Sep 6, 1881
Forest fires in Michigan and Ontario resulted in Yellow Day in
the northeastern United States. Twenty villages in Michigan burned,
and a total of 500 persons were killed. Fires caused 2.3 million
dollars damage in losses near Lake Huron. Candles were needed at
the noon hour.

Sep 7, 1909
Topeka KS was drenched with 8.08 inches of rain in 24 hours to
establish a record for that location.

Sep 8, 1900
The greatest weather disaster in United States records occurred when a
hurricane struck Galveston Texas. A tide fifteen feet high washed
over the island demolishing or carrying away buildings, and
drowning more than 6000 persons. The hurricane destroyed more
than thirty six hundred homes, and total damage was more than thirty
million dollars. Winds to 120 mph, and a twenty foot storm surge
accompanied the hurricane. Following the storm, the surf was 300
feet inland from the former water line. The hurricane claimed
another twelve hundred lives outside of the Galveston area.

Sep 9, 1921
A dying tropical depression unloaded 38.2 inches of rain upon the
town of Thrall in southeastern Texas killing 224 persons. 36.4
inches fell in 18 hours.
IN 1944...The Great Atlantic Hurricane ravaged the east coast.
The storm killed 22 persons and caused 63 million dollars damage
in the Chesapeake Bay area, then besieged New England killing 390
persons and causing another 100 million dollars damage.
IN 1971...Hurricane Ginger formed, and remained a hurricane until
the 5th of October. The 27 day life span was the longest of record
for any hurricane in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Sep 10, 1919
A hurricane struck the Florida Keys drowning more than 500

Sep 11, 1995
Thunderstorm winds gusting to 80 mph snapped several telephone
poles in two 11 miles north of Jetmore.
IN 2003...Heavy rains that began on the 10th deluged Hays KS. A 24
hour record was set with 5.64 inches of precipitation.

Sep 12, 1977
Thunderstorms deluged the Kansas City area with torrential rains
in the early morning hours, and then again that evening. Some
places were deluged with more than six inches of rain twice that
day, with up to 18 inches of rain reported at Independence MO.
Flooding claimed the lives of 25 persons. The Country Club Plaza
area was hardest hit. 2000 vehicles had to be towed following
the storm, 150 of which had to be pulled out of Brush Creek,
which runs through the Plaza area.
IN 1997...Seven to ten inches of rain fell in about a four hour
period causing extensive flash flooding across the southern portion
of Dodge City. 200 homes and businesses were flooded and 1000
people were evacuated from their homes.

Sep 13, 1988
Hurricane Gilbert smashed into the Cayman Islands, and as it
headed for the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico strengthened into a
monster hurricane, packing winds of 175 mph. The barometric
pressure at the center of Gilbert reached 26.13 inches, an all
time record for any hurricane in the Carribean, Gulf of Mexico,
or the Atlantic Ocean. Gilbert covered much of Mexico, producing
rain as far away as the Florida Keys.

Sep 14, 1944
A very destructive hurricane swept across Cape Hatteras and
Chesapeake Bay, side swiped New Jersey and Long Island, and
crossed southeastern Massachusetts. The hurricane killed more
than 400 persons, mainly at sea. The hurricane destroyed the
Atlantic City New Jersey boardwalk.

Sep 15, 1874
The Dodge City weather station was established by Sergeant M. L.
Landers of the signal corps in the old Dodge House on the corner
of Chestnut Street and Railroad Avenue. The first observation
was taken on this date.

Sep 16, 1928
The hurricane San Felipe, a monster hurricane, which left 600
dead in Guadeloupe, and 300 dead in Puerto Rico, struck West Palm
Beach Florida causing enormous damage, and then headed for Lake
Okeechobee. When the storm was over, the lake covered an area
the size of the state of Delaware, and beneath its waters were
2000 victims. The only survivors were those who reached large
hotels for safety, and a group of fifty people who got onto a
raft to take their chances out in the middle of the lake.

Sep 17, 1988
Early in the morning a tornado hit Kelly Air Force Base in San
Antonio TX injuring three persons and causing 28 million dollars
damage. A second tornado on the northwest side of San Antonio
caused 6 million dollars damage, and a third tornado in Bexar
County killed one person and injured another.

Sep 18, 1926
The great Miami Hurricane produced winds reaching 138 mph which
drove ocean waters into the Biscayne Bay drowning 135 persons.
The eye of the hurricane passed over Miami, at which time the
barometric pressure reached 27.61 inches. Tides up to twelve
feet high accompanied the hurricane, which claimed a total of 372
IN 1995..About 5 miles northwest of Wakeeney, five to seven inches
of rain in several hours caused flooding of numerous roads in that

Sep 19, 1947
The eye of a hurricane passed directly over New Orleons, and the
barometric pressure dipped to 28.61 inches. The hurricane killed
51 persons, and caused 110 million dollars damage. It produced
wind gusts to 155 MPH while making landfall over Fort Lauderdale FL
two days earlier.

Sep 20, 1845
A tornado traveled 275 miles across Lake Ontario, New York and
Lake Champlain.

Sep 21, 1938
A great hurricane smashed into Long Island and bisected New
England causing a massive forest blowdown and widespread
flooding. Winds gusted to 186 mph at Blue Hill MA, and a storm
surge of nearly thirty feet caused extensive flooding along the
coast of Rhode Island. The hurricane killed 600 persons and
caused 500 million dollars damage. The hurricane, which lasted
twelve days, destroyed 275 million trees.
IN 1995...The earliest snow on record fell across southwest Kansas
with 2 to 3 inches common. Lane county reported six inches. This
was the earliest snowfall ever recorded at the Dodge City Airport.
This was also the only time there was measurable snowfall for the
month of September. A total of 1.3 inches fell at the Dodge City

Sep 22, 1995
The low of 29 degrees tied the record low for the month of
September at Dodge City.

Sep 23, 1983
A thunderstorm downburst caused a timber blowdown in the Kaibab
National Forest north of the Grand Canyon. Two hundred acres
were completely destroyed, and scattered destruction occurred
across another 3300 acres. Many trees were snapped off at 15
to 30 feet above ground level.

Sep 24, 1950
A smoke pall from western Canada forest fires covered much of
the eastern U.S. Daylight was reduced to nighttime darkness
in parts of the Northeast. The color of the sun varied from
pink to purple, blue, or lavender. Yellow to grey-tan was

Sep 25, 1939
A west coast hurricane moved onshore south of Los Angeles bringing
unprecedented rains along the southern coast of California.
Nearly five and a half inches of rain drenched Los Angeles during
a 24 hour period. The hurricane caused two million dollars damage,
mostly to structures along the coast and to crops, and claimed 45
lives at sea. "El Cordonazo" produced 5.66 inches of rain at Los
Angeles and 11.6 inches of rain at Mount Wilson, both records for
the month of September.

Sep 26, 1936
Denver CO was buried under 21.3 inches of snow, 19.4 inches in
24 hours. The heavy wet snow snapped trees and wires causing
seven million dollars damage.

Sep 27, 1985
A record early season snowstorm struck the Central High Plains
Region. The storm left up to nineteen inches of snow along the
Colorado Front Range, and as much as a foot of snow in the
IN 1945...A tornado moved northeast from near Ensign to 3 miles
west of Dodge City. Barns were destroyed and blacktop pavement
was removed.
IN 1998...A microburst occurred and was centered about 4 miles
north of Pratt in south central Kansas. The impact point was 4
miles north of Highway 54 and a mile east of Highway 281. The area
extended 3 miles northwest through southwest with the greatest
damage at the Pratt airport. Five buildings had considerable
damage, 7 with major damage and 18 had minor damage. Debris was
carried for miles past the impact point. A John Deere tractor
had a 16 foot long 2 by 4 impaled into the engine compartment.
IN 1998...A microburst caused extensive damage to the Lake Arrowhead
resort area five miles southwest of Isabel in south central Kansas.
Several boats were destroyed and part of a roof was taken off a
cabin. A garage under construction was completely destroyed.
There were also six, very large-mature cottonwood trees uprooted
with heavy damage to the remainder of the trees in the area.

Sep 28, 1987
Thunderstorms produced up to ten inches of rain in southern Kansas
and north central Oklahoma overnight. The Chikaskia River rose
2.5 feet above flood stage at Blackwell OK during the day causing
flooding in Kay and Grant counties of north central Oklahoma.

Sep 29, 1927
An outbreak of tornadoes from Oklahoma to Indiana caused 81
deaths and 25 million dollars damage. A tornado (possibly two
tornadoes) cut an eight-mile long path across Saint Louis MO, to
Granite City IL, killing 79 persons. The damage path at times
was a mile and a quarter in width. The storm followed a similar
path to tornadoes which struck in 1871, 1896, and 1959.
IN 1986...A week of violent weather began in Oklahoma which
culminated in one of the worst flooding events in the history of
the state. On the first day of the week early morning thunderstorms
caused more than a million dollars damage in south Oklahoma City.
Thunderstorms produced 4 to 7 inches of rain from Hobart to Ponca
City, and another round of thunderstorms that evening produced 7
to 10 inches of rain in north central and northeastern sections
of Oklahoma.

Sep 30, 1985
The low of 29 degrees established the record low for the month of
September at Dodge City.


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