June 3 Weather History

...1756... Benjamin Franklin completed work on his physical and meteorological observations, conjectures, and suppositions.

...1860... The great Camanche Tornado began its deadly trek near Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and ended its journey over Lake Michigan. 175 people lost their lives and 329 were injured. The town of Camanche, Iowa, on the Mississippi river, was completely destroyed. Total damage was 945,000 dollars (note - 1860 dollars).

...1902... The wind gusted to 44 miles per hour at Newport, Rhode Island, setting the record high for the date.

...1905... Seattle, Washington received its heaviest ever 24 hour June rainstorm with 1.42 inches falling.

...1921... A cloudburst near Pikes Peak CO killed 120 people. Pueblo CO was flooded by a twenty-five foot crest of the Arkansas River, killing 70 persons. Fourteen inches of rain was reported at Boggs Flat, where a hard surface road through nearly level country was washed out to a depth of seven feet.

...1929... At Newport, Rhode Island the low temperature dipped to 44 degrees, setting the record low for the date. It was later tied in 1945.

...1943... The high temperature rose to 88 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 85 degrees set in 1930.

...1959... Thunderstorms in northwestern Kansas produced up to eighteen inches of hail near Salden during the early evening. Crops were completely destroyed, and total damage from the storm was about half a million dollars. Hail fell for a record eighty-five minutes. The temperature dropped from near 80 degrees prior to the storm to 38 degrees at the height of the storm.

...1960... At Newport, Rhode Island, .73 inches of rain fell in one hour, breaking the record of .27 inches set the year before in 1959.

...1980... A slow moving super cell thunderstorm produced 7 tornadoes in and around the Grand Island, Nebraska area in less than 3 hours. There was one tornado of F4 intensity and 3 others were rated F3. 5 people were killed, 193 were injured, and total damage was 300 million dollars.

...1986... The barometric pressure rose to 30.49 inches, breaking the previous record of 30.30 inches set in 1939.

...1987... Six days of flooding in South Texas culminated with five to six inch rains from Bexar County to Bandera County, and five to nine inches rains in Gonzalez and Wilson Counties. Total crop damage was estimated at 500 million dollars.

...1988... Early morning thunderstorms in southern Texas produced wind gusts to 86 mph at Port Isabel, and wind gusts to 83 mph at South Padre Island. Unseasonably hot weather prevailed from the Southern Plateau Region to the Northern High Plains. Fourteen cities reported record high temperatures for the date.

...1989... Thunderstorms developing over the Southern Plains Region during the afternoon hours produced severe weather into the night. Thunderstorms spawned eleven tornadoes, and there were 169 reports of large hail and damaging winds. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 80 mph at Newcastle Ok and Wilson OK. Softball size hail was reported at Monahans TX, Childress TX and Groesbeck TX. Monahans TX reported six million dollars damage. Five inches of rain deluged Geronimo OK.

...1993... Early morning severe thunderstorms dumped huge hailstones across northern Oklahoma. Hail up to 6 inches in diameter in Enid went through roofs of homes, damaged 3 jets at Vance Air Force Base, and did $500,000 in damage at a car dealership. Winds gusts reached 70 mph at Vance Air Force Base as well. Hail damage to the wheat crop was estimated at $70 million. Heavy snow blanketed the higher elevations of west central Wyoming. Worthen Reservoir west of Lander picked up a foot of new snow.

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