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Today MAY 23RD, 1882-Eastern Iowa receives 6 in (15 cm) of snow during late season snowstorm.
MAY 23RD, 1989-Severe thunderstorms developing along a cold front resulted in 98 reports of large hail and damaging winds in the Northern Plains and Upper Mississippi Valley. Golf ball size hail caused a million dollars damage around Buffalo City WI, baseball size hail was reported at Northfield MN and Randolph MN, and thunderstorm winds gusted to 95 mph at Dunkerton IA.
May 22 MAY 22ND, 1987-A powerful tornado virtually wiped the small southwest Texas community of Saragosa off the map. The twister destroyed eighty- five percent of the structures in the town killing thirty persons and injuring 121 others in the town of population 183. The tornado hurled trucks and autos through adobe and wood- frame homes, with some vehicles blown 500 feet.
MAY 22ND, 1832-Kennebec River discharges 140,000 cu. ft. per second during a flood at Waterville, ME.
May 21 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.
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