1856: A hurricane destroyed Isle Dernieres or Last Island, a pleasure resort south-southwest of New Orleans on this day. The highest points of the island were under five feet of water. The resort hotel was destroyed, along with the island’s gambling establishments. Over 200 people perished, and the island lost all its vegetation and split in half. Only one cow remained on the island after the catastrophe. The Last Island is now only a haven for pelicans and other sea birds. The steamer Nautilus foundered during the storm. The lone survivor clung to a bale of cotton and washed ashore sometime later.
Source(s): A Hurricane Destroyed This Louisiana Resort Town, Never to Be Inhabited Again – smithsonianmag.com
Clipped from The Times-Picayune, 15 Aug 1856, Fri, FRIDAY’S AFTERNOON EDITION, Page 2 – Tom Malmay.
1884: An earthquake, centered near New York City and registering a magnitude 5.5, hit the region a little after 2 PM. The tremor made houses shake, chimneys fall, and residents wonder what the heck was going on, according to a New York Times article two days later.
Source: Historical Earthquakes – USGS.gov
1886: An estimated F3 tornado moved southeast from 10 miles northwest of Aberdeen. This massive tornado destroyed four homes and a dozen barns. This is the earliest significant tornado on record for Brown County.
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On this date in 1980, Hurricane Allen made landfall north of Bronwsville, TX as a Category 3 – 6 fatalities in U.S. – also 250+ in Caribbean pic.twitter.com/hmw48rWZNE
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Average high temperature in Seattle for the 1st 10 days of August 88.1°, the warmest 1st 10 days of August in over 120 yrs of records. #wawx
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