May 2 Weather History

...1762... A tornado struck Port Royal Island, South Carolina. It left a path 400 yards wide, tore up trees by the roots, and carried away houses and bridges.

...1895... The low temperature at Newport, Rhode Island dipped to 33 degrees, breaking the record of 44 degrees set two years earlier in 1893.

...1899... A storm buried Havre MT under 24.8 inches of snow, an all-time record for that location. The water equivalent of 2.48 inches was a record 24 hour total for the month of May. 

...1920... A swarm of tornadoes in Rogers, Mayes and Cherokee Counties in Oklahoma killed 64 persons.

...1929... Virginia's worst tornado disaster occurred. Six tornadoes, two of which were west of the Blue Mountains, killed 22 people. Twelve children and a teacher were killed at Rye Cove, in Scott County. Four schools were destroyed by the storms.

...1941... A trace of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island on this day, setting the record high for the date.

...1954... A major late season snowstorm struck the Arrowhead of Minnesota, leaving 18 inches of new snow at Virginia.

...1970... A wind gust of 42 miles per hour was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island on this day, setting the record high for the date. It was later tied in 1997.

...1983... Severe thunderstorms spawned twenty tornadoes across Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York State. The tornadoes caused five deaths.

...1987... Thunderstorms in the Lower Mississippi Valley produced golf ball size hail in northern Louisiana, and wind gusts to 77 mph at Lake Providence LA. Thunderstorms in Arkansas produced 4.20 inches of rain at Arkadelphia and 4.00 inches at Bismarck.

...1988... A powerful storm produced snow and high winds in the Central Rockies and the Central High Plains Region. Snowfall totals in Colorado ranged up to 12 inches at Strasburg, and winds in southeastern Colorado gusted to 87 mph at Lamar. Snow and high winds created blizzard conditions in eastern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming.

...1989... At Newport, Rhode Island .65 inches of rain fell in one hour, breaking the previous record of .27 inches set in 1976.  Thunderstorms developing to the north of a warm front produced severe weather in Oklahoma and Texas. There were 93 reports of severe weather. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 80 mph at Beattie, and baseball size hail was reported at Ranger and Breckenridge. Juneau AK reported a record high temperature of 72 degrees while Honolulu equaled their record low for the month of May with a reading of 60 degrees. 

...1990... Fourteen cities in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina reported record high temperatures for the date as readings soared into the 90s. Tampa FL reported a record high of 97 degrees, and Fort Stewart GA was the hot spot in the nation with a reading of 100 degrees.

Thunderstorms produced severe weather from northeastern Texas to western Arkansas during the evening and early nighttime hours. Thunderstorms spawned a tornado which injured thirteen persons at Paris TX, and produced baseball size hail at Rio Vista TX. Thunderstorm rains of four to seven inches caused flash flooding in west central Arkansas, southern and eastern Oklahoma, and northern Texas.

...2001... The high temperature at Newport, Rhode Island peaked at 85 degrees on this day, breaking the previous record of 81 degrees set back in 1894.

...2005... Late season snow blanketed the Texas Panhandle. Amarillo recorded 4.7 inches.

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