May 13 Weather History

...1908... An F4 tornado ripped through Gilliam, Bolinger, and Belcher, Louisiana. 49 people were killed and 135 were injured

...1930... A man was killed when caught in an open field during a hailstorm northwest of Lubbock TX. It was the first, and perhaps the only, authentic death by hail in U.S. weather records.

...1956... At Newport, Rhode Island the mercury soared to 85 degrees on this day, breaking the previous record of 80 degrees set back in 1894.

...1980... An F3 tornado cut through the center of Kalamazoo, Michigan, killing 5 people, injuring 79, and causing $50 million in damage.

...1981... A tornado 450 yards in width destroyed ninety percent of Emberson TX. People did not see a tornado, but rather a wall of debris. Homes were leveled, a man in a bathtub was hurled a quarter of a mile, and a 1500 pound recreational vehicle was hurled 500 yards. Miraculously no deaths occurred in the tornado.

...1987... A cold front brought an end to the early season warm spell in the north central U.S., but not before the temperature at Sioux City IA soared to a record warm 95 degrees. Strong southwesterly winds ahead of the cold front gusted to 52 mph at Marais MI. Evening thunderstorms produced golf ball size hail at Rockford MN, and wind gusts to 75 mph at Belmond IA.

...1988... Strong winds along a cold front ushering cold air into the northwestern U.S. gusted to 69 mph at Myton UT. Temperatures warmed into the 80s ahead of the cold front, as far north as Montana.

...1989... Thunderstorms developing along a warm front produced severe weather in the Southern Plains Region during the afternoon and night. A thunderstorm at Killeen TX produced wind gusts to 95 mph damaging 200 helicopters at Fort Hood causing nearly 500 million dollars damage. Another thunderstorm produced softball size hail at Hodges TX.

...1990... Thunderstorms developing ahead of a cold front spawned ten tornadoes from eastern Wyoming to northern Kansas, including seven in western Nebraska. Thunderstorms forming ahead of a cold front in the eastern U.S. spawned five tornadoes from northeastern North Carolina to southern Pennsylvania. Thunderstorms over southeast Louisiana deluged the New Orleans area with four to eight inches of rain between 7 AM and Noon.

...1992... Record late season snow came to an end over the Tanana Valley and Yukon Uplands in Alaska. This storm set two records at Fairbanks. The 9.4 inches of snow from the storm was by far the greatest May snow on record, shattering the previous record of 4.5 inches set on May 13, 1964. The total water content of the melted snow and rain was also a new one day record for May (.78 inches). Snowfall in excess of two feet occurred at elevations above 2000 feet.

...1995... Severe thunderstorms were widespread across the Mississippi Valley from Arkansas northward to Iowa and east to Indiana. There were 184 reports of severe weather, including over three dozen tornadoes. A thunderstorm produced a downburst over Grissom AFB in Peru, Indiana where a wind gust to 136 mph was recorded. Hail 4.5 inches in diameter was reported at Terra Haute, Illinois and at Monte, Arkansas.

...2005... The low temperature fell to 37 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 38 degrees set in 1996.

...2006... Two rainfall records were broken at Newport, Rhode Island on this day. The day total was 2.36 inches, breaking the record of 2.07 inches set in 2002. 1.07 inches fell in one hour which broke that record of .87 inches that was also set in 2002.

...2008... At Newport, Rhode Island a wind gust of 46 miles per hour was recorded which broke the record of 32 miles per hour that was occurred in five years, the last in 1990.

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