June 20 Weather History

...1682... A major tornado ripped through southwestern Connecticut, passing through Stratford, Milford, and New Haven, and then into Long Island Sound.

...1862... During the Civil War, a drought which was occurring in the South was at it peak. It was described in the Starksville, Georgia, area: "the failure of oats in this region is total. Some wheat will be made but the crop is light and inferior."

...1893... The temperature at Dodge City, Kansas soared to 106 degrees in the midst of a blistering heat wave which initiated a severe 3 year drought in the central plains. Ironically, heavy rains were occurring simultaneously in the Mississippi Valley causing the river to swell to its highest level ever at New Orleans, Louisiana.

...1921... Circle MT received 11.5 inches of rain in 24 hours, a record for the state. The town of Circle received a total of 16.79 inches of rain that month to establish a rainfall record for any town in Montana for any month of the year.

...1928... A farmer near Greensburg KS looked up into the heart of a tornado. He described its walls as "rotating clouds lit with constant flashes of lightning and a strong gassy odor with a screaming, hissing sound".

...1931... The high temperature at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 90 degrees set in 1923.

...1956... At Newport, Rhode Island the low temperature fell to 46 degrees, breaking the record of 48 degrees set in 1918 and 2005.

...1957... A violent tornado, rated F5 on the Fujita scale, tore through Fargo, north Dakota. 10 people were killed and 103 were injured. Over 1300 homes were damaged or destroyed.

...1964... At Newport, Rhode Island the dew point rose to 74 degrees and was later tied in 1995.  A squall line producing large hail swept through central Illinois. A second squall line moved through during the early morning hours of the 21st, and a third one moved through shortly after dawn. The series of hailstorms caused nine million dollars damage. Hailstones as large as grapefruit caused heavy damage to trees, utility lines, crops and buildings. The thunderstorms also produced as much as five inches of rain in an eight hour period.

...1987... Thunderstorms prevailed east of the Rockies, producing severe weather in the Central High Plains Region. Thunderstorms spawned four tornadoes in Colorado, and produced wind gusts to 70 mph at Goodland KS.

...1988... Thirty-eight cities in the central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. Afternoon highs of 97 degrees at Flint MI and 104 degrees at Chicago IL equalled records for the month of June. Thunderstorms in North Dakota produced baseball size hail near Kief, and wind gusts to 100 mph near McGregor.

...1989... An early morning thunderstorm produced wind gusts to 61 mph at Pierre SD, and the hot thunderstorm winds raised the temperature from 86 degrees at midnight to 96 degrees by 1 AM, and 104 degrees by 2 AM. Butte MT and Yellowstone Park WY reported snow that afternoon.

...1992... Snow mixed with rain was reported a few miles north of Alpena, Michigan, on the first day of summer no less!

...1995... A super cell thunderstorm dumped unusually large hail for New England in Connecticut. Baseball size hail fell at Vernon, Manchester, Deep River, and Old Saybrook. At Deep River, the large hail lasted for 20 minutes, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. Some automobiles were totaled. In one historic building, 25 windows were broken, including a 100 year old curved window

...2012... The heat index at Newport, Rhode Island peaked at 95 degrees, breaking the record of 93 degrees that was set in 1995.

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