The Storm Report Rewind for May 31

In 1889 – The Johnstown disaster occurred, the worst flood tragedy in U.S. history.  Heavy rains collapsed the South Fork Dam sending a thirty foot wall of water rushing down the already flooded Conemaugh Valley.  The wall of water, traveling as fast as twenty-two feet per second, swept away all structures, objects and people.  2100 were killed.

In 1941 – Thunderstorms hammered Burlington, Kansas, with 12.59 inches of rain to establish a 24 hour rainfall record for the state.

In 1990 – Afternoon and evening thunderstorms developing along a warm front produced severe weather from northwest Texas to southeastern Louisiana.  The thunderstorms spawned sixteen tornadoes, including thirteen in northwest Texas.  One tornado hit the town of Spearman in Texas causing more than a million dollars damage.

The Storm Report Rewind for May 29

Image courtesy of U.S. Tornado Alley.

Image courtesy of U.S. Tornado Alley.

In 1951 – A massive hailstorm, from Wallace to Kearney County in Kansas, caused six million dollars damage to crops.

In 1953 – A large tornado killed two people on its 20 mile path from southwest of Fort Rice, North Dakota into Emmons County.  Nearly every building in Fort Rice was damaged.  The Catholic church was leveled, with some pews jammed four feet into the ground.

In 1988 – A powerful cold front brought snow and high winds to parts of the western U.S.  Austin, Nevada, was blanketed with ten inches of snow.

 

The Storm Report Rewind for May 28

In 1889 – Pair of powerful tornadoes struck Central Kansas. The first was an F3 with a track of 5 miles long. It leveled 2 farms between 8 and 5 miles southwest of McPherson. The second was a violent F4 tracking 25 miles.  It was one quarter mile wide, as it tore through Marion and Chase counties. The second twister destroyed ten farms. On one of the farms, every building was swept away. The second twister killed 2 people and injured 4.

In 1947 – Heavy snow fell across Wisconsin, with ten inches reported at Gay Mills. The snow damaged fruit and other trees, and downed power lines.

In 1990 – Two to five inches of rain over southeastern Ohio on the 28th and 29th capped an exceptionally wet month of May, and triggered widespread flooding. Flooding which resulted claimed three lives, and caused millions of dollars damage. Numerous roads in southeast Ohio were flooded and impassable, and many other roads were blocked by landslides.

 

The Storm Report Rewind for May 27

In 1896 – A massive tornado struck St. Louis,  killing 306 and causing thirteen million dollars damage.  The tornado path was short, but cut across a densely populated area.  It touched down six miles west of Eads Bridge in Saint Louis and widened to a mile as it crossed into East St. Louis.  The tornado was the most destructive on record in the U.S. up until that time.

In 1987 – Severe thunderstorms in West Texas produced baseball size hail at Crane, hail up to three and a half inches in diameter at Post, and grapefruit size hail south of Midland.

1990 –  Late afternoon thunderstorms over southeast Louisiana produced high winds which injured twenty-seven people at an outdoor music concert in Baton Rouge, and high winds which gusted to 78 miles-per-hour at the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway.

The Storm Report Rewind for May 26

The 1917 tornado that traveled 293 miles before lifting.

The 1917 tornado that traveled 293 miles before lifting.

In 1917 – A tornado touched down near Louisiana, Missouri, about noon and remained on the ground for a distance of 293 miles, finally lifting seven hours and twenty minutes later in eastern Jennings County, Indiana.  The twister cut a swath of destruction two and a half miles wide through Mattoon, Illinois.  101 people were killed in the tornado, including 53 at Mattoon, and 38 at Charleston, Illinois. Damage from the storm totaled 2.5 million dollars.

In 1984 – Thunderstorms  produced 6 to 13 inches of rain at in Tulsa, Oklahoma in a mere six hours.

In 1988 – There was “frost on the roses” in the Upper Ohio Valley and the Central Appalachian Mountain Region.  Thirteen cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Youngstown, Ohio with a reading of 30 degrees.

 

The Storm Report Rewind for May 25

Car_wrapped_around_large_tree_by_tornado._Udall,_Kansas_-_NARA_-_283887In 1955 – Two tornadoes struck the town of Blackwell, Oklahoma, within a few minutes time during the late evening.  The tornadoes killed 18 and injured more than 500 others. Early the next morning a tornado virtually obliterated the small community of Udall, Kansas killing 80 and injuring 270 others.   More than half the population in the community were killed or injured by the tornado.

In 1988 – Unseasonably cool weather prevailed in the Upper Midwest.  Marquette, Michigan reported a record low of 26 degrees.

In 1990 –  Heavy thunderstorm rains produced flash flooding in central Missouri. Flood waters swept through Washington State Park southwest of St. Louis, and nearly one hundred people had to be rescued from water as much as twenty feet deep.  The flood waters swept away a number of vehicles, some were carried as much as four miles away.

In 2008 – Seven people died in Parkersburg, IA and two in nearby New Harford from injuries sustained when a confirmed EF5 tornado struck the cities. At least 70 injuries were reported and over 400 homes were damaged, the roof was taken off the high school, and the gym was destroyed. The surviving residents were evacuated while the rescue operation was in progress.

 

Photo of the tornado between Parkersburg and New Hartford around 5:05 pm.  Photo taken by NWS Des Moines Meteorologist Rod Donavon 1.5 miles south of New Hartford.

Photo of the tornado between Parkersburg and New Hartford around 5:05 pm. Photo taken by NWS Des Moines Meteorologist Rod Donavon 1.5 miles south of New Hartford.

 

 

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The Storm Report Rewind for May 23

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Image courtesy of motorcycle-usa.

In 1882 – A late season snow blanketed eastern Iowa, with 4-6 inches of snow near the town of Washington.

In 1987 – Thunderstorms in Nebraska produced 8 1/2 inches of rain in two hours just north of Potter.

In 1989 – Golfball sized hail pummeled Buffalo City, Wisconsin resulting in $1 million in damage.

 

The Storm Report Rewind for May 24

flying_deer_wp_by_freakishfreakyfreak2In 1930 – A tornado touched down near Pratt, Kansas traveling at 5 miles per hour.

In 1940 – Hail fell near Ada, Oklahoma measuring up to 8 inches deep.

In 1990 –  Severe thunderstorms spawned two dozen tornadoes from Montana to Oklahoma.  Four tornadoes carved a 109-mile path across central Kansas.  The third of the four tornadoes blew 88 cars off the 125-car train off the track, stacking them three to four cars high in some cases, and the fourth tornado caused 3.9 million dollars damage.  The third tornado injured six who were trying to escape in vehicles.  A woman was “sucked out” of a truck and said that at one time she was “airborne, trying to run but my feet wouldn’t touch the ground”.  She also saw a live deer “flying through the air”.

The Storm Report Rewind for May 22

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Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

2011 – A catastrophic EF-5 multi-vortex tornado struck Joplin, Missouri late in the afternoon on Sunday, May 22.  The twister touched down in the southern part of the city, rapidly intensifying.  The storm then tracked eastward across Interstate 44 into rural portions of Jasper and Newton County.

162 people were killed, 1,100 were injured and damage was estimated at $2.8 billion.

It was the deadliest tornado to strike in the U.S. since the 1947 Texas-Oklahoma tornado.

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The Storm Report Rewind for May 21

19th century drawing of tornado damage in Ohio.  image from tornadoes.owlinc.org.

19th century drawing of tornado damage in Ohio. image from tornadoes.owlinc.org.

In 1860 – Tornadoes roared across the Ohio Valley.  Louisville, Cincinnati and Marietta were all hit causing millions in damage at that time.

In 1987 – Severe storms fired up in the central Plains producing golf ball sized hail in Sedalia, Missouri.  Six inches of rain fell in Hagerstown, Indiana in just one hour.

In 1989 – Tornadoes, hail and high winds whipped through the nation’s mid-section.  Baseball sized hail fell in Augusta, Kansas and winds gusted to 98 miles per hour in Johnson, Kansas.