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Weather History: June 13: Record temps, storms, tornadoes, tropics & flooding

Listed are Meteorological events that happened on June 13th:


Forest fires raged across northern Wisconsin and Northeast Minnesota, destroying millions of feet of timber.

Meanwhile, snow fell all day in the Laramie, WY area. By the end of the day, there was 24 inches on the ground in the higher elevations near Rawlins, WY.


The temperature at Tamarack, CA dipped to 2°, the lowest reading on record for June for the U.S. The high that day was just 30°. Tamarack received 42 inches of snow between the 10th and this date. On this date the snow depth was 130 inches.


A "tidal wave" of water from the Spring Mountains swept down on Las Vegas, NV after a violent thunderstorm of rain and hail, virtually isolating the City, flooding hundreds of homes and stores and causing an untold amount in property damage. No fatalities were reported, but police and fire department workers answered scores of calls regarding possible drownings. Residents of the Twin Lakes Subdivision reported that a four-foot wall of water came down from the slope of Mt. Charleston. Hardest hit was the Brentwood Park Tract, where large stocks of lumber, stacked for construction on new homes, were washed away by the flood, and littered the Municipal Golf Course and Twin Lakes Subdivision.


Three separate lines of thunderstorms developed and raced across eastern South Dakota. The storms dumped up to 5 inches of rain and hail the size of golf balls was common. Winds gusted to 71 mph in the Aberdeen area resulting in some damage. Crop damage was 100% in some areas in the northeast due to the relentless hail and flooding rains.


A violent F5 tornado killed 9 people at Tracy, MN. Over 110 homes were destroyed, while a steel I-beam was reportedly carried for 2 miles on a piece of roof. Two farms hit by this tornado were also hit by a violent F4 tornado on 6/24/1924.


10 inches of snow fell in Deerfield, SD as an unusual late season storm covered parts of South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Nebraska. Five inches of snow was measured at Great Falls, MT.

The low temperature at Billings, MT fell to 32°, their latest freeze on record. The temperature also fell to 32° the previous day; both tying a record low for the month of June.


A tornado caused extensive damage in Stillwater, OK. The storm developed on the northwest side of town and moved southeast across the campus of Oklahoma State University. Extensive damage occurred on campus and downtown. The storm destroyed 20 mobile homes, and carried several large appliances, such as refrigerators and freezers, more than one-half of a mile.


A deadly tornado moved across parts of the southwestern Chicago, IL suburbs killing two people and injuring 23 others. The tornado, with winds over 200 mph moved from Lemont to Downers Grove causing $13 million dollars in damage when 89 homes were destroyed and another 90 were damaged. The tornado passed over the Argonne National Laboratory, peeling part of a roof off the building housing a nuclear reactor. The tornadoes movement was rather erratic moving southeast the north and finally turning northwest.


Masirah, Oman received 16.95 inches of rain, a national daily maximum rainfall record.


Temperatures soared to 99° at Dauphin, Manitoba Canada, their hottest June day.


Severe thunderstorms produced large amounts of hail in the Denver, CO metro area. Hailstones as large as 4 inches in diameter fell. Homes and other buildings sustained around $200 million dollars in damage. Thousands of cars were battered with total damage to vehicles estimated at $150 million dollars. In some areas, golf ball size hail fell continuously for 30 to 40 minutes. 20 people were injured by the hailstones. It was so bad that snow plows had to be called out. Torrential rains as much as 4.75 inches in Lakewood clogged drains and caused widespread damage from flooding.


Several cities in the north central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, including International Falls, MN with a reading of 92°. Mason City and Waterloo, IA reported record highs of 100°.

Thunderstorms in the northeastern U.S. produced golf ball size hail around Hamilton Square, NJ, along with high winds which tore the roof off a hospital causing a million dollars damage. Averill Park, NY was deluged with 1.64 inches of rain in just 15 minutes.


Afternoon thunderstorms produced severe weather in the Southern and Central Plains Region. Forrest, NM was deluged with 5.5 inches of rain in 90 minutes.

Temperatures soared into the 90s across much of the eastern half of the nation. Portions of northern Illinois reported a record 20 straight days of dry weather.


Thunderstorms produced severe weather from the Southern Plains Region to the Carolinas during the day and night, and continued to drench parts of Texas and Oklahoma with heavy rain. Oklahoma City reported 13.41 inches of rain for the first 13 days of the month, and Fort Worth, TX reported 29.56 inches for the year, a total more than 13 inches above normal.

Severe drought continued to rage across South Texas.


Lightning struck a tree at the U.S. Open Golf Tournament being held at Chaska, MN. One spectator was killed, and six others were injured.


Four inches of rain fell in one hour on Lenox, IA as the Great Mississippi Flood of 1993 was beginning.


A series of violent thunderstorms roared across parts of western and central New York. The thunderstorms also resulted in flash flooding. The thunderstorm winds downed trees and power lines. Scattered power outages were reported. A tornado touched down in the town of Freedom. Damage was intermittent along the mile long path, with only tree damage for the first 3/4 mile. Over its last quarter mile the tornado destroyed a 25 x 25 foot garage. The tornado then struck the Pleasantview Mobile Home Park. Two mobile homes suffered structural damage. A roof which was blown off one mobile home penetrated the wall of another home about 200 feet away. Two other mobile homes were lifted and moved off their foundations. The thunderstorms dropped between two and four inches of rain which produced flash flooding. One hundred basements were flooded in Jamestown. Damage from flash flooding was extensive in Allegany State Park in Cattaraugus County. Two recreational bridges collapsed and other major bridges were undermined. Beaches were damaged extensively and roads were washed out. In one instance, the blacktop from one road was carried over 20 feet.


Severe thunderstorms, some producing tornadoes, raked across central and northern sections of Oklahoma. Most of the tornadic activity was confined to Canadian and Oklahoma counties. The strongest tornadoes, which produced F2 damage, occurred during the late afternoon and early evening hours. Most notable, was the F2 tornado that tore through the northern portions of the Oklahoma City metro area, including the Frontier City amusement park. This tornado produced property damage in excess of $1 million dollars. The tornadoes resulted in 21 injuries, but thankfully, no deaths.


As thunderstorms roared through Ponca City, OK with lots of large hail and wall clouds, lightning caused a fire at a Conoco refinery. The news immediately sent gasoline futures higher by 50 points. The refinery was back on line quickly, but gasoline prices rose a few extra cents in time for the Fourth of July Holiday.

One of the most familiar and trusted faces on The Weather Channel was that of veteran hurricane forecaster John Raymond Hope. Hope, age 83, died on this date of complications from heart surgery. Hope started with The Weather Channel as their tropical expert when the network debuted in 1982. Known as "the man America watches when there is a hurricane," Hope was a familiar and reassuring face to millions of coastal residents.


Low pressure, the remnants of Hurricane Arlene, moved northeast across the Great Lakes. The bands of showers and thunderstorms produced damage across parts of the Niagara Frontier and Finger Lakes. Heavy rains produced flash flooding in Livingston County, an area which received heavy rains on several consecutive days. Several streets were impassable from runoff debris. The strong winds downed trees and limbs in Le Roy, Stafford, Mendon, Livonia, Lockport, Kendall, and Clarkson. Power outages were scattered throughout the area.


A cold snap killed nearly 500 African penguins along the eastern cape of Africa.


On this date through the 14th, Woolgoolga, near Coffs Harbour, Australia recorded 10 inches of rain. More than 800 residents were evacuated.

On this date through the 21st, lightning strikes killed 15 and injured 47 in Uganda, Africa.


For the second consecutive day, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador Canada soared to 87°, for the high temperature location for the day in Canada.


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