15 August


US Weather events

US Weather events

1787 231 yrs ago
Tornadoes were reported in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Wethersfield CT was hard hit by the tornado outbreak. (David Ludlum)
1946 72 yrs ago
Saint Louis, MO, was deluged with a record 8.78 inches of rain in 24 hours. (The Weather Channel)
1967 51 yrs ago
The sundance fire in northern Idaho was started by lightning. Winds of 50 mph carried firebrands as much as ten miles in advance to ignite new fires, and as a result, the forest fire spread twenty miles across the Selkirk Mountains in just twelve hours, burning 56,000 acres. The heat of the fire produced whirlwinds of flame with winds up to 300 mph which flung giant trees about like matchsticks. (David Ludlum)
1987 31 yrs ago
Thunderstorms developing ahead of a sharp cold front produced severe weather in the Upper Midwest during the afternoon and evening hours, with Minnesota and eastern South Dakota hardest hit. A thunderstorm in west central Minnesota spawned a tornado at Eagle Lake which killed one person and injured eight others. A thunder- storm in eastern South Dakota produced softball size hail at Warner. (The National Weather Summary)
1988 30 yrs ago
Thirty five cities in twenty states in the north central and northeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, including Lamoni IA and Baltimore MD, where the mercury hit 105 degrees. Temperatures 100 degrees or above were reported in twenty-two states. Pierre SD was the hot spot in the nation with a high of 114 degrees. Bluefield WV reported eight straight days of record heat. (The National Weather Summary)
1989 29 yrs ago
Evening thunderstorms in eastern New Mexico produced wind gusts to 66 mph at Clovis. Evening thunderstorms in West Texas produced baseball size hail around Hereford, Dimmitt, Ware and Dalhart. (The National Weather Summary)
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World records

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F5 tornadoes

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Deadly earthquakes

Deadly earthquakes

Aug 15, 1918 12:18 PM UTC 100 yrs ago
Philippines (map) , 35 km deep Magnitude: 8.2
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Emergency Events Database)100

Aug 15, 1950 02:09 PM UTC 68 yrs ago
China (map) , 0 km deep Magnitude: 8.6 UK
Secondary effectslandslide
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)3300
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Emergency Events Database)1500

Aug 15, 1959 08:57 AM UTC 59 yrs ago
Taiwan (map) , 25 km deep Magnitude: 7.2
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)17

Aug 15, 1966 02:15 AM UTC 52 yrs ago
India (map) , 25 km deep Magnitude: 5.6
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)15

Aug 15, 2007 11:40 PM UTC 11 yrs ago
Peru (map) , 39 km deep Magnitude: 8.0
Secondary effectslandslide
Deaths resulting from earthquake shaking514
Total fatalities resulting from earthquake shaking and secondary effects514
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Emergency Events Database)519





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