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Weather History: June 11: Record temps, storms, hail, tornadoes, wind & snow

Meteorological events that happened on June 11th:

No measurable rainfall has fallen at Las Vegas, NV on this date since records began in 1937.


A waterspout moved inland over Rome, Italy causing extensive damage to property.


A late season snowstorm struck New England. Snow fell during the morning and early afternoon, accumulating 10 to 12 inches at Irasburg, VT. Berlin, NH was blanketed with 11 inches of snow during the day. Snow whitened the higher peaks of the Appalachians as far south as Western Maryland.


A tornado moved slowly northeast from southwest of Mullinville, KS, allowing people to reach shelter from this extremely large tornado. One entire farm was completely swept away on the edge of Mullinville, and many more homes were destroyed. As it moved northeast, eight separate funnels were noted at one time under the huge rotating cloud. Damage totaled $75,000 dollars. It was reported that three mules were carried two miles.


The patrol vessel USS Eagle, while making passage up the Delaware River, was struck by a squall and capsized. 9 people were killed.


A tornado raced through the town of St. John, Quebec Canada ripping roofs off houses and toppling trees. The storm damaged decorations erected for the visit of King George and Queen Elizabeth.


An unusually cold late season storm system brought significant snow to Cheyenne, WY. By the end of the day, 4.4 inches of snow had fallen, and the snow continued into the 12th.

A trace of snow fell at Denver, CO. They also set a daily record low of 34°.


A strong heat wave hit much of the Midwest. Chicago, IL set a record high of 97°. This began an 11-day run with high temperatures of 90° or higher. Two high temperature records were set during that period.


Ireland recorded its wettest day up to that time as a thunderstorm over Dublin dumped 7.28 inches at Mt. Merrion.


A rare tornado struck mountainous, uninhabited Wallowa County, Oregon. The short-lived tornado downed a lot of trees.


Dozens of locations from the Great Lakes to the Mid-Atlantic and southern New England reported record chill thanks to Canadian high pressure. Muskegon, MI set a June record low of 31°.

Locations that reported daily record lows included: Elkins, WV: 29°, Youngstown, OH: 30°, Blacksburg, VA: 30°, Cleveland, OH: 31°, Akron, OH: 32°, Toledo, OH: 32°, Beckley, WV: 32°, Erie, PA: 32°, Lansing, MI: 32°, Charleston, WV: 33°, Grand Rapids, MI: 33°, Avoca, PA: 34°, Pittsburgh, PA: 34°, South Bend, IN: 35°, Columbus, OH: 35°, Binghamton, NY: 35°, Buffalo, NY: 36°, Rochester, NY: 36°, Detroit, MI: 36°, Rockford, IL: 38°, Atlantic City, NJ: 38°, Syracuse, NY: 38°, Moline, IL: 39°, Fort Wayne, IN: 39°, Cincinnati, OH: 39°, Allentown, PA: 39°, Dayton, OH: 40°, Baltimore, MD: 40°, Dulles Airport, VA: 40°, Peoria, IL: 41°, Wilmington, DE: 41°, Lynchburg, VA: 41°, Springfield, IL: 42°, Lexington, KY: 42°, Philadelphia, PA: 44°, Central Park, NY: 46°, LaGuardia, NY: 46°, Evansville, IN: 47°, Louisville, KY: 47°, Richmond, VA: 48° and Norfolk, VA: 53°.


A heat wave continued across southern California. Daily record highs included: Riverside: 110°, Bakersfield: 109°, Fullerton: 101°, Long Beach: 100°, Santa Ana: 99°, San Diego: 98°, Los Angeles (LAX): 91° and Idyllwild: 90°. Escondido set a June record high with 105°.


An intense thunderstorm unleashed tremendous winds across portions of southeast South Dakota and southwest Minnesota. The thunderstorm produced downburst winds estimated at an amazing 160 mph. The damage area was around one-half mile wide and 8 miles long and extended from just southeast of Rowena, SD to two miles north of Hills, MN. The incredible force of the wind leveled most everything in its path. Many trees were snapped off and over 20 homes on 17 farms were affected. Many farm buildings and animal sheds were simply no match for the winds and were destroyed. Two people were killed.


Thunderstorms dumped very heavy rain across much of western Oklahoma. Rainfall amounts of 7 to 10 inches occurred over much of Roger Mills and Custer Counties during the evening. The resulting floods affected many homes and businesses, and washed out a bridge near Arapaho.


South Texas endured another day of torrential rains. Up to 12 inches of rain drenched Harris County, and nearly 10 inches soaked Luce Bayou, mainly during the afternoon hours. Thunderstorm rains left seven feet of water over Highway 189 in northern Val Verde County. Flooding caused $9 million dollars damage in Real County.

A thunderstorm at Perryton, TX produced golf ball size hail, 70 mph winds and spawned a tornado which struck a mobile home killing one person and injuring the other four occupants.


Dozens of cities in the central and eastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date, including El Dorado, AR with a reading of 48°. Canaan Valley and Thomas, WV dipped to 30°. This tied Flagstaff, AZ being the cold spot in the nation. Coolidge, AZ just 180 miles away, was the hot spot in the nation with an afternoon high of 105°.


Thunderstorms produced severe weather in the south central and southeastern U.S. Thunderstorms spawned 11 tornadoes, including one which tore the roof off a restaurant at Bee Branch, AR injuring six people. The tornado tossed one car into the restaurant and another car over it.

Temperatures soared into the 90s across much of Florida. Lakeland reported a record high of 99° for the second day in a row.


The costliest hailstorm in U.S. history occurred as $625 million dollars of damage was caused along the Colorado Front Range from Colorado Springs to Estes Park. Golf to baseball sized hail fell along with heavy rain. 60 people were injured in the storm.


The first federal Disaster Declaration was issued for parts of Minnesota hard hit by the beginning stages of the Great Midwest Flood of 1993. By August, parts of nine states were declared disaster areas. The entire state of Iowa was declared a disaster area. The flood was the worst this century in the U.S. Damage totaled almost $20 billion dollars. More than 50,000 homes were damaged or destroyed.


Hail five inches in diameter fell 13 miles southeast of Mullinville, KS. There was a report of 10 head of cattle killed.


On this date through the 14th, several hailstorms occurred across Eastern Colorado. Hail accumulated to a depth of 12 inches near Colorado Springs, CO. The roof on a business gave way under the weight of the hail. Damage in the Denver area totaled $35 million dollars ($17.5 million dollars from auto claims and $17.5 million from homeowner claims). Areas hardest hit included: Castle Rock, Commerce City, Evergreen and Golden.

In west Texas, severe thunderstorms ripped through the Big Country for the third consecutive evening, with the communities of Rotan and Colorado City seeing the worst of the storms. Hail up to the size of softballs pounded the Colorado City area, while a downburst ripped through the heart of Rotan. Extensive damage was reported in both towns, amounting to nearly three quarters of a million dollars. In addition, brief tornado touchdowns were also reported elsewhere in Mitchell and Fisher counties although no damage resulted.

Marble Rock, IA received 4.02 inches of rain to set a record for their wettest day in June.


It looked like something out of the Old Testament: A pillar of cloud, ominous and majestic, rolling across the Tennessee countryside near Seymour. Several local residents grabbed their video cameras, believing it to be a tornado. But it didn't cause any damage. After reviewing the videos, the National Weather Service said that the cloud was actually a wet microburst.


A heat-burst occurred over Wichita Falls, TX which produced a brief, but sudden, severe wind gust. Sheppard Air Force Base measured the gust at 64 mph.


A strong inflow of moist and unstable air into and over a surface warm front resulted in training thunderstorms and very heavy rain across parts of northeast South Dakota. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 6 inches occurred across much of the area resulting in widespread flash flooding. Many roads, bridges, and cropland were damaged by the flooding. In Milbank, many basements were flooded and/or received sewer backup. Some rainfall amounts include 3.65 inches near Milbank, 2.96 inches in Summit, 2.27 inches at Artichoke Lake MN, 2.14 inches in Sisseton and 1.57 inches in Watertown.


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