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Today 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.
 
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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.
 
May 15 MAY 15TH, 1834-The Northern Atlantic Coast States were in the midst of their greatest May snowstorm of record. The hills around Newbury VT were covered with two to three feet of snow.
 
MAY 15TH, 1972-The worst ice jam flooding of memory for long-time residents took place along the Kuskokwim River and Yukon River in Alaska. It was the first time since 1890 that the two rivers "flowed as one". The towns of Oscarville and Napaskiak were completely inundated.
 
May 14 MAY 14TH, 1896-The mercury plunged to 10 degrees below zero at Climax CO. It was the lowest reading of record for the U.S. during the month of May.
 
MAY 14TH, 1898-A severe thunderstorm, with some hailstones up to 9.5 inches in circumference, pounded a four mile wide path across Kansas City MO. South-facing windows were broken in nearly every house in central and eastern parts of the city, and several persons were injured. An even larger hailstone was thought to have been found, but it turned out to be a chunk of ice tossed out the window of a building by a prankster.
 
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