May 20 Weather History

...1892... Snow and high winds pelted western New England, leaving 10 inches on the ground at Strafford, Vermont.

...1894... A record late snow of two to eight inches whitened parts of central and eastern Kentucky. Lexington KY received six inches of snow.

...1916... A tornado struck the town of Codell KS. A tornado struck the town on the same day the following year (1917), and a third tornado hit Cordell on May 20th in 1918.

...1918... For the third year in a row on this date, a tornado moved through the Codell, Kansas area.

...1957... A tornado touched down to the southwest of Kansas City and traveled a distance of seventy-one miles cutting a swath of near total destruction through the southeastern suburbs of Ruskin Heights and Hickman Mills. The tornado claimed the lives of forty-five persons, and left hundreds homeless. It was the worst weather disaster of record for Kansas City. About all that remained of one house was a small table and a fish bowl atop, with the fish still swimming about inside the bowl, rather unconcerned.

...1963... A wind gust of 51 miles per hour was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 38 degrees set in 1949.

...1987... Thunderstorms in southern Texas produced grapefruit size hail, near the town of Dilley ("by dilly"), and produced wind gusts to 73 mph at Lake Amistad. The large hail broke windows, killed small animals, and damaged watermelon. Thunderstorms developing along a warm front produced severe weather from Indiana to the Dakotas. Thunderstorms produced baseball size hail at Denver IA, and wind gusts to 80 mph in southern Henry County IL.

...1988... Thunderstorms in the south central U.S. produced wind gusts to 70 mph at Omaha NE, and wind gusts to 80 mph at Midland TX and Dallas TX. Temperatures in California soared into the 90s and above 100 degrees. San Jose CA reported a record high of 97 degrees.

...1989... Pre-dawn thunderstorms produced large hail in eastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas. Later in the morning thunderstorms in North Carolina produced dime size hail at Hanging Dog. Thunder- storms also produced severe weather from the Lower Mississippi Valley to the Central Plains Region later that day and night, with baseball size hail reported around Lawn TX, Novice TX, and Eola TX.

...1990... Thunderstorms produced severe weather across the southeastern quarter of the nation through the day and night. Severe thunder-storms spawned six tornadoes, including one which injured two persons at Algoma MS and another which injured nine persons at Rogersville MO. There were 119 reports of large hail or damaging winds. Thunderstorms produced baseball size hail at Houston MO and damaging winds which killed one person at Toccoa GA.

...1992... At Newport, Rhode Island the low temperature dipped to 38 degrees, breaking the record of 40 degrees set the year before in 1991. The barometric pressure rose to 30.58 inches, breaking the reocrd of 30.49 inches set in 1991.

...1996... At Newport, Rhode Island the temperature soared to 85 degrees, breaking the record of 84 degrees set in 1903.  The dew point reached 70 degrees, breaking the daily record of 69 degrees set in 1959 and was the earliest 70+ dew point at the station and the heat index was 88 degrees, breaking that record of 86 degrees set in 1903.  Bridgeport, Connecticut soared to 97 degrees for its hottest temperature on record in May.

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