May 12 Weather History

...1886... A tornado killed 57 as it passed through Greene and Huron Counties of Ohio leaving 43 dead in Xenia.

...1907... The low temperature dipped to 36 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island this day, breaking the record of 41 degrees set in 1900.

...1934... A dust storm darkened skies from Oklahoma to the Atlantic coast.

...1971... Dust storms suddenly reduced visibilities to near zero on Interstate Highway 10 near casa Grande AZ. Chain reaction accidents involving cars and trucks resulted, killing seven persons.

...1972... In Texas, A cloudburst dumped sixteen inches of rain north of New Braunfels sending a thirty foot wall of water down Blueders Creek into the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers washing away people, houses and automobiles. The flood claimed 18 lives and caused more than twenty million dollars damage.

...1982... A late season snowstorm struck the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies. The storm produced 46 inches of snow at Coal Creek Canyon, located near Boulder.

...1986... At Newport, Rhode Island the wind gusted to 53 miles per hour, setting the record high for date. The previous high gust was 45 miles per hour set in 1952.

...1987... A heat wave persisted in central California. Afternoon highs of 100 degrees at Fresno CA and 102 degrees at Sacramento CA were records for the date.

...1988... Unseasonably warm weather prevailed in the western U.S. Eight cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including Pendleton OR with a high of 92 degrees and Phoenix AZ with a reading of 106 degrees.

...1989... Showers and thunderstorms associated with a low pressure system stalled over New York State drenched Portland ME with 4.50 inches of rain in 24 hours. Rains of 5 to 7 inches soaked the state of Maine over a four day period causing 1.3 million dollars damage.

...1990... Thunderstorms produced severe weather from eastern Texas and the Central Gulf Coast States into Missouri and Illinois. Thunderstorms spawned six tornadoes, including one which injured four persons at Doloroso MS. Thunderstorms also produced hail three inches in diameter west of Vicksburg MS, and wind gusts to 83 mph in southern Illinois, north of Vevay Park and at the Coles County Airport. High winds and heavy rain caused 1.6 million dollars crop damage in Calhoun County IL, and in southeastern Louisiana, Saint Joseph was deluged with eight inches of rain.

...1991... At Newport, Rhode Island the temperature peaked at 80 degrees, setting the record high for the date. It was later tied in 2001 and 2004.

...2015... The dew point peaked at 66 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 64 degrees set in 1959.

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