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Today MAY 21ST, 1860-A swarm of tornadoes occurred in the Ohio Valley. Tornadoes struck the cities of Louisville KY, Cincinnati OH, Chillicothe OH and Marietta OH causing a million dollars damage.
MAY 21ST, 1896-The mercury soared to 124 degrees at Salton CA to establish a U.S. record for May.
May 20 MAY 20TH, 1916-On the same day on this year and again in 1917 and 1918, tornadoes strike Codell, KS.
MAY 20TH, 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.
May 19 MAY 19TH, 1955-Lake Maloya NM received 11.28 inches of rain in 24 hours to establish a state record.
MAY 19TH, 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.
May 18 MAY 18TH, 1980-Mount Saint Helens (in Washington State) erupted spewing ash and smoke sixty-three thousand feet into the air. Heavy ash covered the ground to the immediate northwest, and small particles were carried to the Atlantic coast.
MAY 18TH, 1825-A tornado (said to have crossed all of the state of Ohio) smashed into the log cabin settlement of Burlington, northeast of Columbus.
May 17 MAY 17TH, 1883-A three day flood in the Black Hills of western South Dakota resulted in a million dollars damage at Rapid City.
MAY 17TH, 1979-A reading of 12 degrees at Mauna Kea Observatory established an all-time record low for the state of Hawaii.
May 16 MAY 16TH, 1952-High winds in the Wasatch Canyon of Utah struck Ogden and Brigham City. Winds at Hill Air Force Base gusted to 92 mph.
MAY 16TH, 1874-The Mill Creek disaster occurred west of Northhampton MA. Dam slippage resulted in a flash flood which claimed 143 lives, and caused a million dollars property damage.
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