May 3 Weather History

...1761... Large tornadoes swept the Charleston, South Carolina Harbor when a British fleet of 40 sails was at anchor. It raised a wave 12 feet high, leaving many vessels on their beam ends. 4 people drowned.

...1774... A May snowstorm from New York City to Virginia covered the ground. A severe frost killed fruit in North Carolina.

...1895... An F5 tornado carved a 13 mile path through Sioux County in Iowa. 9 people were killed and 35 were injured.

...1899... A severe snowstorm raged in Montana from the 2nd to the 4th. Havre received 33.8 inches (24.8 inches in 24 hours).

...1900... 2.85 inches of rain fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of .41 inches set in 1897.

...1941... There was a trace of snow on the ground this day at Newport, Rhode Island, setting the record high for the date.

...1963... At Newport, Rhode Island the relative humidity fell to 13%, breaking the previous record of 19% set in 1959.

...1964... The temperature fell to 32 degrees on this day at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 36 degrees set in 1957.

...1974... A May snowstorm from New York City to Virginia covered the ground. A severe frost killed fruit in North Carolina.

...1978... Persistent thunderstorms caused widespread flooding in southeastern Louisiana and extreme southeastern Mississippi. Rainfall totals of ten to thirteen and a half inches were reported around New Orleans causing the worst flooding in thirty years. The water depth reached three to four feet in several hundred homes, and total property damage was estimated at one hundred million dollars.

...1981... A wind gust of 48 miles per hour was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the previous record of 42 miles per hour that was set in 1961.  Severe thunderstorms dumped 5.1 inches of rain on Keenesburg, Colorado in 45 minutes. 6 to 12 inches of hail piled up in Keenesburg/Hudson area with extensive damage to crops occurring. Snowplows were needed to clear the hail off of local roads.

...1984... A powerful (F3) early morning tornado ripped through Montgomery, Alabama. 5 people were killed and 37 were injured.

...1987... Thunderstorms produced severe weather in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Softball size hail was reported at Center Point TX, and a tornado caused three million dollars damage near Satanta KS. Heavy snow blanketed the foothills of eastern Colorado, with 18 inches reported at Divide.

...1988... Thunderstorms brought much needed rains to the drought- stricken central U.S. Evening thunderstorms produced large hail in North Carolina. Baseball size hail was reported west of Mooresville NC.

...1989... Thunderstorms produced severe weather in the Southern and Central Plains Region. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 72 mph at Graford TX, and baseball size hail was reported at Graham TX and Lake Kemp TX.

...1990... A stubborn late season storm slowly crawled across southern Colorado the first three days of the month producing heavy snow from the San Juan Mountains to the southeast plains. The storm produced up to three feet of snow in the higher elevations of southern Colorado, and 18 to 22 inches of snow along the eastern slopes of the Central Mountains of New Mexico. Pueblo CO reported a record 10.6 inches of snow for the month as a result of the storm, and a record total for the winter season of 69.6 inches.

...1993... Strong winds buffeted the Owens Valley area and the Eastern Sierra of southern California. A USGS anemometer on Crowley Lake recorded a wind gust to 140 mph before blowing away. Bishop Airport had a wind gust to 65 mph. One person was killed when he was hit by a flying projectile. Many trees were downed and power outages were widespread.

...1999... A massive localized outbreak of 66 tornadoes struck Oklahoma and southern Kansas. There were 63 tornadoes in Oklahoma, making this the worst outbreak ever to strike the state. In central Oklahoma alone, eight individual super cell thunderstorms produced 57 tornadoes. One of the super cells produced an incredible 20 tornadoes and it tracked northeast across the state. 18 tornadoes were rated F2 or greater, including a monster F5 tornado that tracked through Grady, McClain, Cleveland, and Oklahoma Counties, doing extreme damage, killing 35 people, and injuring 748. Bridge Creek and Moore were hit the hardest. Damage from this single tornado was around one billion dollars, making it the most costly tornado in history. Estimated damage from the entire tornado outbreak was 1.485 billion dollars, making this the most costly tornado outbreak ever. 2314 homes were destroyed and another 7428 were damaged. To the north in Kansas, an F4 tornado tracked 24 miles through Sumner and Sedgwick Counties, killing 6, injuring 154, and doing $146 million in damages. Haysville and Wichita suffered severe damage. A total of 8480 buildings and homes were damaged or destroyed with 1109 totally destroyed.

...2001... At Newport, Rhode Island the high temperature peaked at 86 degrees, breaking the record of 78 degrees that was set back in 1913.

...2010... The high dew point peaked at 66 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island on this day, breaking the previous record of 59 degrees set in 1972.

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