May 19 Weather History

...1780... The infamous "dark day" in New England tradition. At noon it was nearly as dark as night. Chickens went to roost, and many persons were fearful of divine wrath. The phenomena was caused by forest fires to the west of New England.

...1955... Lake Maloya NM received 11.28 inches of rain in 24 hours to establish a state record.

...1962... An all-time May record was set when the temperature climbed to 99 degrees at Central Park in New York City.

...1964... At Newport, Rhode Island the wind gusted to 44 miles per hour, breaking the record of 43 miles per hour set in 1956.

...1975... Thunderstorms produced golf ball size hail and wind gusts to 110 mph in Minnesota, between Fridley and Hugo. Fifty persons were injured. The hail and high winds destroyed fifty mobile homes, and a dozen aircraft, and also destroyed a third of the Brighton Elementary School.

...1976... The barometric pressure dropped to 29.22 inches of mercury at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 29.44 inches set back in 1900.

...1981... The low temperature dipped to 34 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island on this day, breaking the previous record of 37 degees set in 1895 and the wind chill dropped to 30 degrees, breaking that record of 39 degrees that was set in 1976.

...1987... Thunderstorms in Texas produced thirteen inches of rain northwest of Lavernia. The heavy rain, along with golf ball size hail, destroyed eighty percent of the crops in the area, while high winds toppled trees. Golf ball size hail was also reported south of Dallas and around San Antonio. Up to eight inches of rain drenched Guadelupe County. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

...1988... Severe thunderstorms in southwest Texas produced hail as large as tennis balls around Midland, with the hail accumulating up to a foot deep. Showers and thunderstorms in the Middle Atlantic Coast Region produced 3.5 inches of rain near Schuylkill PA.

...1989... Thunderstorms developing ahead of a cold front spawned ten tornadoes from Illinois to Tennessee during the afternoon and night. Snow, wind and cold prevailed in the Northern Plateau Region and the Northern Rockies. Dixie ID was blanketed with nine inches of snow, winds gusted to 87 mph at Choteau MT, and the temperature at Crater Lake OR dipped to 11 degrees.

...1990... Thunderstorms deluged Hot Springs AR with thirteen inches of rain in nine hours resulting in a devastating flood. Two waves of water, four to six feet deep, swept down Central Avenue flooding stores and the famous bathhouses on Bathhouse Row. Water released from Lake Hamilton devastated the area between it and Remmel Dam. The 500 foot Carpenter Dam Bridge across Lake Catherine was completely washed away, as were cabins and mobile homes near the lake, many of which flowed right over the top of Remmel Dam.

...2011... At Newport, Rhode Island .89 inches of rain fell in one hour, setting the record high for the date. The previous record of .68 was set in 1966.

...2017... It was a very warm day at Newport, Rhode Island. The high temperature peaked at 83 degrees, breaking the record of 82 degrees that was set back in 1903 and 1906 and the dew point rose to 68 degrees, breaking that record of 66 degrees set in 2004.

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