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Today AUGUST 5TH, 1843-A spectacular cloudburst near Philadelphia turned the small creeks and streams entering the Delaware River into raging torrents. As much as sixteen inches of rain fell in just three hours. Flooding destroyed thirty-two county bridges, and caused nineteen deaths. It is believed that several small tornadoes accompanied the torrential rains, one of which upset and sank more than thirty barges on the Schuylkill River.
 
AUGUST 5TH, 1961-The temperature at Ice Harbor Dam WA soared to 118 degrees to equal the state record established at Wahluke on the 24th of July in 1928. The afternoon high of 111 degrees at Havre MT was an all-time record for that location.
 
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Aug 04 AUGUST 4TH, 1882-A vivid aurora was visible from Oregon to Maine, down the east coast as far as Mayport FL, and inland as far as Wellington KS. Observers at Louisville KY noted "merry dancers" across the sky, and observers at Saint Vincent MN noted it was probably the most brilliant ever seen at that location.
 
AUGUST 4TH, 1930-The temperature at Moorefield WV soared to 112 degrees to establish a state record, having reached 110 degrees the previous day. Widespread drought after April of that year caused some towns to haul water for domestic use, and many manufacturing plants were barely operational.
 
Aug 03 AUGUST 3RD, 1970-Hurricane Celia comes ashore in the Corpus Christi area with wind gusts to 161 mph, causing 11 deaths and property losses totaling $454 million.
 
AUGUST 3RD, 1885-A tornado hit Philadelphia and Camden along its eight mile path.
 
Aug 02 AUGUST 2ND, 1975-It's a hot time in eastern New England as all time heat records are broken. Massachusetts sizzles as the mercury soars to 107 F (42 C); Maine and New Hampshire swelter at 105 F (41 C) and Rhode Island bakes at 104 F (40 C).
 
AUGUST 2ND, 1954-Severe thunderstorms produced golf ball size hail for thirty minutes in north central Kansas. One drift measured 200 feet long, seventy feet wide and three feet deep.
 
Aug 01 AUGUST 1ST, 1985-A nearly stationary thunderstorm deluged Cheyenne WY with rain and hail. Six inches of rain fell in six hours producing the most damaging flash flood of record for the state. Two to five feet of hail covered the ground following the storm, which claimed twelve lives, and caused 65 million dollars property damage.
 
AUGUST 1ST, 1989-Hurricane Chantal made landfall along the Upper Texas coast about sunrise. Chantal deluged parts of Galveston Island and southeastern Texas with 8 to 12 inches of rain. Unofficial totals ranged up to twenty inches. Winds gusted to 82 mph at Galveston, and reached 76 mph in the Houston area. Tides were 5 to 7 feet high. The hurricane claimed two lives, and caused 100 million dollars damage.
 
Jul 31 JULY 31ST, 1976-After a thunderstorm drops 10 in (254 mm) of rain within four hours into two tributaries of the Thompson River, a flash flood in the Thompson Canyon, in northeast Colorado, drowns 139 campers; five others are reported missing as losses climb to $35.5 million. Helicopters lift nearly 1,000 other victims to safety.
 
JULY 31ST, 1987-The deadliest tornado in 75 years struck Edmonton, Alberta, killing 26 persons and injuring 200 others. The twister caused more than 75 million dollars damage along its nineteen mile path, leaving 400 families homeless. At the Evergreen Mobile Home Park, up to 200 of the 720 homes were flattened by the tornado.
 
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