May 1 Weather History

...1854... The Great New England Flood occurred after 66 hours of steady rain. The Connecticut River crested at Hartford, Connecticut at 28 feet, 10.5 inches. This was the highest known up to that time, but was exceeded in 1936.

...1895... An F5 tornado nearly one mile wide cut a 22 mile path through Sedgwick and Harvey Counties in Kansas. 8 people were killed and 25 were injured. 25 farms were "completely devastated" and a few "entirely vanished".

...1933... The most deadly tornado in Louisiana's history struck Minden. 28 people were killed and 400 were injured. 500 homes were damaged or destroyed with 1.3 million dollars in damage. The tornado, rated F4, reportedly sounded like "mad lions on a speeding train".

...1934... The barometric pressure peaked at 30.57 inches at Newport, Rhode Island on this day, breaking the record of 30.25 inches set in 1931.

...1935... Snow, ice and sleet brought winter back to parts of southeast Minnesota. Minneapolis received three inches of snow to tie their May record which was established in 1892. (1st-2nd)

...1954... The temperature at Polebridge MT dipped to 5 degrees below zero to establish a state record for the month of May.

...1957... At Newport, Rhode Island the temperature peaked at 77 degrees on this day. It was later tied in 2001 and the wind gust peaked at 43 miles per hour which was later tied in 1974.

...1967... A full blizzard was in progress across the Dakotas. Wind gusts reached 70 mph at Dickinson, North Dakota. 16 inches of snow fell at Lemmon, South Dakota and 30 inches was reported in the northern Black Hills. Frequent vivid lightning displays also accompanied this storm.

...1987... Thunderstorms produced large hail and heavy rain in Texas. Baseball size hail pounded Dublin, and 3.75 inches of rain soaked Brady.

...1988... Strong southerly winds ahead of a cold front crossing the Rocky Mountain Region gusted to 90 mph at Lamar CO. High winds created blinding dust storms in eastern Colorado, closing roads around Limon.

...1989... Thunderstorms produced heavy rain in the southeastern U.S. Rainfall totals of 1.84 inches at Charlotte NC and 2.86 inches at Atlanta GA were records for the date. Strong thunderstorm winds uprooted trees in Twiggs County GA.

...1990... Thunderstorms produced severe weather from northern Alabama to North Carolina. There were sixty-three reports of large hail or damaging winds, with hail four inches in diameter reported near Cartersville GA. Ten cities in the southeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date as readings warmed into the 90s. Jacksonville FL reported a record high of 96 degrees. Late night thunderstorms over central Texas produced up to ten inches of rain in southern Kimble County and northern Edwards County.

...1995... A trace of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island on this day, setting the record high for the date.

...2000... Two records were set on this day at Newport, Rhode Island. The low temperature fell to 33 degrees, breaking the record of 34 degrees that was set in 1967 and the wind chill fell to 26 degrees, breaking that record of 27 degrees set in 1978.

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