May 16 Weather History

...1678... An account found at Stamford, Connecticut: "it pleased the lord after a great and threatening drought, to send a plentiful, sober and soaking rain that greatly refreshed the earth and revived its dying products. Praised be the lord."

...1874... The Mill Creek disaster occurred west of North Hampton MA. Dam slippage resulted in a flash flood which claimed 143 lives, and caused a million dollars property damage.

...1883... A three day flood was in progress throughout the Black Hills of South Dakota which resulted in damages over one million dollars in the Rapid City area.

...1917... Marquette, Michigan had its latest opening of navigation in history.

...1924... The temperature at Blitzen OR soared to 108 degrees to set a state record for the month of May. The record was later tied at Pelton Dam on the 31st of May in 1986.

...1929... A wind gust of 48 miles per hour was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island on this day, setting the record high for the date.

...1936... The low temperature at Newport, Rhode Island fell to 36 degrees, braking the record from 1896 and 1919.

...1951... The high temperature at Newport, Rhode Island peaked at 81 degrees, breaking the record of 79 degrees set back in 1896.

...1952... High winds in the Wasatch Canyon of Utah struck Ogden and Brigham City. Winds at Hill Air Force Base gusted to 92 mph.

...1987... It was a summer-like day as thunderstorms abounded across the nation. Thunderstorms in Texas drenched Guadelupe County with more than three inches of rain resulting in flash flooding.

...1988... Afternoon and evening thunderstorms developing ahead of a cold front produced severe weather from Florida to New York State. Unseasonably warm weather prevailed in the north central U.S. Havre MT reported a record high of 95 degrees.

...1989... Thunderstorms developing ahead of a cold front produced severe weather in the south central U.S. Thunderstorms spawned twenty tornadoes, and there were 180 reports of large hail and damaging winds. A tornado at Cleburne TX caused 30 million dollars damage. A violent (F-4) tornado touched down near Brackettville TX, and a strong (F-3) tornado killed one person and injured 28 others at Jarrell TX. Thunderstorms also produced softball size hail at Shamrock TX.

...1990... Thunderstorms produced severe weather from eastern Oklahoma and northeastern Texas to the Upper Ohio Valley. Thunderstorms spawned seventeen tornadoes, including a twister which killed one person and injured another north of Corning AR. There were 128 reports of large hail or damaging winds. Strong thunderstorm winds killed one person and injured six others at Folsomville IN, and injured another five persons in southeastern Hardin County KY. In Arkansas, baseball size hail was reported near Fouke and near El Dorado.

...1992... Parts of the Tanana valley and Upper Yukon Valley in Alaska continued to experience their most prolonged period of snowy weather since before the pioneers arrived around the turn of the century. In the last 24 hours ending at 10 am local daylight time, 4.5 inches of snow fell at Denali National Park and 3 inches fell at Manley Hot Springs. Already this was by far the snowiest May on record in the central Tanana Valley. Where it was not snowing, record cold prevailed. Bettles fell to 12 degrees and Northway dipped to 13 degrees. Both of these readings set new records for the coldest temperatures for so late in the season.

...1997... Sioux Falls, South Dakota rose from a record daily low of 33 degrees at 5:15 am to a record tying high of 91 degrees at 2:35 pm -- only one of a handful of cities ever to have a record high and low in the same calendar day.

...2012... The hourly rainfall record was broken at Newport, Rhode Island when .81 fell in one hour, breaking the previous record of .27 inches set back in 1978.

...2016... The wind chill dipped to 34 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 39 degrees set back in 1959 and 1984.

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