WX History: August 19th

1890: South Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania was hit by an estimated F3 tornado. About 400 buildings were destroyed in the industrial and poorer residential section of town. The death toll was 16 and damage was estimated at $400,000.

Aug 19, 1890 South Wilkes-Barre Tornado Track
The tornado track image about is courtesy of the NWS Office in Binghamton, New York.

Source: NWS Office in Binghamton, New York.

1896: The famous Cottage City (Oak Bluffs) waterspout occurred off Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The vortex was 3,600 feet high, formed three times, and was well photographed.


Aug 19, 1896 Cottage City Waterspout
The image above is courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.


Source: Boston Globe.

1899: An estimated F3 tornado passed 3 miles north of Clear Lake, South Dakota. The tornado killed a man by flying debris as five homes, and many barns were destroyed.


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