17 August


US Weather events

US Weather events

1915 107 yrs ago
A hurricane hit Galveston, TX, with wind gusts to 120 mph and a twelve foot storm surge. The storm claimed 275 lives, including forty-two on Galveston Island, with most deaths due to drowning. Of 250 homes built outside the seawall (which was constructed after the catastrophic hurricane of 1900)
1969 53 yrs ago
Camille, the second worst hurricane in U.S. history, smashed into the Mississippi coast. Winds gusted to 172 mph at Main Pass Block LA, and to 190 mph near Bay Saint Louis MS. The hurricane claimed 256 lives, and caused 1.3 billion dollars damage. Several ocean going ships were carried over seven miles inland by the hurricane. The hurricane produced winds to 200 mph, and a storm surge of 24.6 feet. Complete destruction occurred in some coastal areas near the eye of the hurricane. (David Ludlum)
1987 35 yrs ago
Evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in the Northern and Central Plains Region. One thunderstorm spawned a tornado near Fairbury NE, along with baseball size hail and wind gusts to 100 mph, causing severe crop damage west of town. Ten cities in the eastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. Syracuse NY hit 97 degrees for the first time in twenty-two years. (The National Weather Summary)
1988 34 yrs ago
Fifty-five cities, from the Middle Mississippi Valley to the Middle Atlantic Coast Region, reported record high temperatures for the date. Beckley WV reported an all-time record high of 96 degrees, and Baltimore MD hit 104 degrees, marking their thirteenth day of the year with 100 degree heat. Chicago IL equalled a record with 46 days of 90 degree weather for the year. Thunderstorms produced severe weather from Wisconsin to New Jersey. Thunderstorms in New Jersey produced high winds which gusted to 92 mph at Wrightstown, and blew down a circus tent at Lavallette injuring fourteen persons. (The National Weather Summary)
1989 33 yrs ago
Morning thunderstorms produced three to six inch rains in Oklahoma, and the Arkalatex area of Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana. Tom OK was soaked with 5.98 inches of rain, and Foreman AR received 5.55 inches. Evening thunderstorms produced high winds in the Wasatch Front of northern Utah. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 66 mph at Salt Lake City, and flash flooding caused up to two million dollars damage to a marina on Lake Powell. (Storm Data)
Source de données: http://www.weatherforyou.com/


World records

World records


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F5 tornadoes

F5 tornadoes


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Deadly earthquakes

Deadly earthquakes

1906-08-17 00.40 UTC 116 yrs ago
Chile (carte) , 0 km deep Magnitude: 8.2 UK
Secondary effectstsunami
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)3760
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Emergency Events Database)20000

1936-08-17 00.00 UTC 86 yrs ago
China (carte) Magnitude: 5.5 UK
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)30

1949-08-17 18.44 UTC 73 yrs ago
Turkey (carte) , 0 km deep Magnitude: 6.8 UK
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)320
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Emergency Events Database)437

1952-08-17 16.02 UTC 70 yrs ago
China (carte) , 10 km deep Magnitude: 7.7
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)54

1976-08-17 04.19 UTC 46 yrs ago
Philippines (carte) , 20.2 km deep Magnitude: 7.1

1983-08-17 12.17 UTC 39 yrs ago
Philippines (carte) , 29 km deep Magnitude: 6.6
Secondary effectslandslide, liquefaction
Deaths resulting from earthquake shaking16
Total fatalities resulting from earthquake shaking and secondary effects16
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)24
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Emergency Events Database)19

1999-08-17 00.01 UTC 23 yrs ago
Turkey (carte) , 13.3 km deep Magnitude: 7.6
Deaths resulting from earthquake shaking17118
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)17118
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Emergency Events Database)17127
Improved fatality estimates from official reports and detailed scholarly studies45000





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