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Today AUGUST 28TH, 1959-Lieutenant Colonel William Rankin bailed out of his plane at a height of 46,000 feet into a violent thunderstorm, and lived to write about the 45 minute journey (which normally would have been a thirteen minute descent). He described it as one of the most bizarre and painful experiences imaginable.
AUGUST 28TH, 1971-Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Doria caused devastating floods in central and northeast New Jersey resulting in 138 million dollars damage. In southeastern Pennsylvania, high winds downed trees and power lines, and in New York City, heavy rains flooded streets and subways.
Aug 27 AUGUST 27TH, 1893-The first of three great hurricanes that year struck South Carolina drowning more than 1000 persons in a tidal surge at Charleston.
AUGUST 27TH, 1964-Hurricane Cleo battered Miami and the South Florida area. It was the first direct hit for Miami in fourteen years. Winds gusted to 135 mph, and the hurricane caused 125 million dollars damage.
Aug 26 AUGUST 26TH, 1949-A hurricane made landfall at Delray Beach. Winds reached 153 mph at the Jupiter Lighthouse before the anemometer failed. The hurricane caused 45 million dollars damage to crops, and also caught the Georgia and South Carolina coast resulting in another two million dollars damage.
AUGUST 26TH, 1883-Krakatoa Volcano exploded in the East Indies. The explosion was heard more than 2500 miles away, and every barograph around the world recorded the passage of the air wave, up to seven times. Giant waves, 125 feet high and traveling 300 mph, devastated everything in their path, hurling ashore coral blocks weighing up to 900 tons, and killing more than 36,000 persons. Volcanic ash was carried around the globe in thirteen days producing blue and green suns in the tropics, and then vivid red sunsets in higher latitudes. The temperature of the earth was lowered one degree for the next two years, finally recovering to normal by 1888.
Aug 25 AUGUST 25TH, 1635-"Great Colonial Hurricane" delivers a 20 ft. (6 m) storm surge to New England.
AUGUST 25TH, 1885-A severe hurricane struck South Carolina causing 1.3 million dollars damage at Charleston.
Aug 24 AUGUST 24TH, 1906-A cloudburst deluged Guinea VA with more than nine inches of rain in just forty minutes.
AUGUST 24TH, 1992-Packing 145 to 175 mph winds, Hurricane Andrew comes ashore in Miami and other areas in Dade County, demolishing entire neighborhoods and killing 15 in Florida. In Louisiana, three also perish. Losses total over $25 billion, including 25,000 homes destroyed and 100,000 others damaged, leaving a quarter of a million people temporarily homeless.
Aug 23 AUGUST 23RD, 1906-Thunderstorms deluged Kansas City MO with six inches of rain during the early morning, including nearly three inches in thirty minutes.
AUGUST 23RD, 1933-The Chesapeake-Potomac hurricane moved over Norfolk VA and Washington D.C. A tide seven feet above normal flooded businesses in Norfolk, and damage in Maryland was estimated at seventeen million dollars.
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