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Weather History: June 2: Record temps, storms, tornadoes, snow, wind & flooding

Meteorological events that happened on June 2nd:


A tornado raced through the young settlement of Guelph, Ontario Canada unroofing several houses, leveling fences and entirely demolishing a frame barn. It uprooted six acres of a woodlot.


A great flood on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. took out a span of Long Bridge, and flooded streets near the river. The flood stage reached was not again equaled until 1936.


The temperature at Tribune, KS dropped to 30° to establish the state record low temperature for June.


A tornado northeast of Alfalfa, OK circled an area one mile in radius.


Cheyenne, WY recorded their all-time coldest temperature on record for the month of June with a low of 25°. Scottsbluff, NE recorded a tenth of an inch of snowfall, which remains the latest day of the season on record that measurable snow has fallen in Scottsbluff.

The latest in a season that a significant snow (two inches or more) occurred in the lower elevations of the South Dakota Plains occurred when Newell reported two inches of new snow.


5.01 inches of rain fell in 24 hours at Buffalo, NY to establish an all-time record for the location.


Snow fell across southern England, including Buxton, Derbyshire and on hills south of Birmingham, Edinburgh, Newark, Grantham and Peterborough. Snow was also observed at Cambridge and Colchester. The snow was the latest in the year over the United Kingdom since the late 19th Century.


The high temperature in Needles, CA was 100°. This began a record streak of 97 consecutive days with the high temperature reaching 100 degrees or hotter.


Record early season heat occurred in the southeast U.S. The mercury climbed to a scorching 106° at Charleston, SC, shattering the all-time high temperature of 103° last set on 6/30/1959. At Savannah, GA, a high reading of 104° made it the hottest temperature ever recorded for the month of June.


On the heels of a record heat wave, the overnight temperature at Sault Ste Marie, MI dropped to a chilly 28°. Light frost was observed on the ground as well as some ice on puddles.


Thunderstorms spawned 7 tornadoes in West Texas and 6 tornadoes in Illinois. Thunderstorms in Illinois produced wind gusts to 70 mph at McComb and Mattoon. Thunderstorms in southern Texas produced 5.5 inches of rain south of Seguin, and up to 8 inches of rain in parts of Washington County.


Severe thunderstorms in Texas and Oklahoma produced hail more than 3 inches in diameter near Stillwater, OK, and softball size hail in Jones County of north central Texas. Baseball size hail and 70 mph winds caused an estimated $100 million dollars damage around Abilene, TX.


Thunderstorms produced severe weather across much of the south central U.S. through most of the day and night. Thunderstorms spawned a dozen tornadoes, and there were 123 reports of large hail and damaging winds. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 78 mph at Russell, KS, and baseball size hail was reported at Denver, CO, Cuthbert, TX, and in Reeves County, Texas.

120 mph wind gusts at Fitchburg, MA produce $5 million in damage.


A two-day outbreak of tornadoes in the central U.S. produced 66 twisters, including 12 in Illinois. In Illinois, two violent F4 tornados moved across mainly rural areas of southeast Illinois; a third traveled 94 miles across southeast Illinois and southwest Indiana, causing extensive damage. In Edgar County, one tornado damaged six buildings near Grandview, and another tornado began an 11 mile track near Horace, damaging several farms. Overall, 7 of the tornadoes were rated F4 on the Fujita scale. Indiana was the hardest hit with 37 tornadoes and eight deaths. This outbreak was the largest outbreak since the Super-Outbreak of April 3-4, 1974.

During the early morning hours of June 2nd, 1990 residents of Sioux Falls received a rude awakening as strong thunderstorms moved through the area. The thunderstorms were packing strong straight-line winds as they moved into the southwest side of town. Damage was widespread along a 4 mile stretch as the winds broke numerous tree limbs and even felled a few trees. An apartment building under construction was damaged, as was a trailer which had its roof destroyed. Two other trailers were tipped over. The downed trees and tree limbs severed numerous power lines leaving around 5000 residents without power for a short time.


A rare morning tornado struck the town of Guernsey, WY at about 9am, damaging vehicles and about 5 homes.


A tsunami struck East Java, Indonesia with a maximum wave height of 46 feet killing 238 people.

More than 4,000 people lost their lives due to tsunamis worldwide in the 1990s.

Rajasthan, India saw their afternoon high soar to 120°.


The National Severe Storms Laboratory conducted a field study across the Plains states during the spring in 1994 and again in 1995. An armada of vehicles, research aircraft and 75 scientists conducted a series of field experiments investigating theories about tornadoes. Unfortunately for the scientists, there weren't many tornadoes in the experiment area across the Plains. As the field experiment was approaching its end in June, the meteorologists finally hit the jackpot near Dimmit, TX. For the first time, the Doppler on Wheels observed the echo-free eye inside the tornado funnel, surrounded by the dense circle of debris spinning around the funnel, one of their primary goals.


Hail as large as four inches in diameter pummeled the western third of Gaines County, Texas destroying an estimated 80,000 to 90,000 acres of crops that included cotton, peanuts, and peppers. Total crop damage was estimated at $17 million dollars. The windshield of a Seminole Fire truck was broken by the large hail while the firemen were out spotting the storm.

A 15-year-old male drowned in a rip current at an unguarded stretch of beach at Miami Beach, FL. Winds were from the east at 20 mph.


One of the strongest tornadoes in Maryland history skipped for 15 miles through the mountainous countryside near Frostburg, destroying at least 30 buildings and damaging 100 others. The F4 tornado narrowly missed the city's downtown business district about 9:45pm. No deaths or serious injuries were reported in Frostburg, due to ample warnings on television and radio and through emergency sirens. Two people were killed by a tornado in rural northeastern Pennsylvania. The parent supercell for this tornado was tracked for over 200 miles.

Fans riding out a rain delay at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA at a game between the Pirates and Mets were menaced by a funnel cloud that passed over the stadium.

A swarm of tornadoes swept across southern Ontario Canada leaving a band of destruction and several injuries. The Norwich Anglican Church lost its parish hall and steeple.


An F2 tornado cut a seven mile path through London, KY, hitting the downtown area and a shopping mall. According to eyewitnesses, the tornado remained stationery over the parking lot of the mall for four minutes. A huge chunk of pavement from the parking lot was removed and blown over 100 feet. The tornado also struck a baseball complex. Teams hid in the concession stand and one in a dugout, where parents shielded the little leaguers with their bodies. Only 10 injuries, none of them life threatening, were reported from the tornado.


Cool air settled in across parts of the upper Midwest. Chicago, IL dropped to 38°; setting a new record low for the date and Rockford, IL tied their record low for the date with 41°.


A severe weather outbreak occurred across the eastern two-thirds of Oklahoma and western north Texas. Across Oklahoma, it was mainly a wind event, with 60 mph or stronger winds measured at Norman, Enid, and Stillwater. Some structural damage was reported. In Texas, strong winds caused major structural damage at the Vernon airport, along with baseball size hail near Scotland, in Archer County.

Strong straight-line winds derailed 68 empty grain cars of a Burlington Northern-Santa Fe train just west of Wright, KS.


Several supercell thunderstorms rolled southeast from northwest South Dakota into central South Dakota, bringing large hail, damaging winds, and flash flooding during the late afternoon and evening hours. The large hail, up to baseball size, and high winds killed a large number of birds, pheasants, and rabbits. Thousands of acres of grassland and cropland along with countless shelter belts received minor to major damage in Stanley and Hughes County. The large hail also knocked out many windows and damaged the siding of buildings and homes in both Stanley and Hughes counties. Many roads and cropland were also affected by flash flooding throughout Hughes and Stanley Counties. Very heavy rain of over 3 inches caused flash flooding in many parts of Pierre into the early morning hours. Many roads were reportedly inundated with one to two feet of water. Several homes in southeast Pierre received sewer backup. Also several homes on Grey Goose road received flood damage. A Federal Disaster Declaration was issued for Hughes and Stanley Counties, mainly for the flooding.


Three tornadoes move along its southwestern coast of Sweden which astounded morning residents.


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