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Weather History: June 6: Record temps, storms, hail, tornadoes, wind & tropics

Meteorological events that happened on June 6th:


The temperature reached 92° at Salem, MA during an early heat wave, but then plunged 49° in 24 hours to commence the famous "Year Without a Summer". Snow fell near Quebec City, Quebec Canada from the 6th through the 10th and accumulated up to a foot with "drifts reaching the axel trees of carriages".


Snail shells fell from the sky at Chester, PA during a rain shower.


A tornado raced between Cornwall, Ontario and Montreal in southeastern Quebec Canada, killing 3 people and destroying 500 farm buildings.


One of the greatest floods in U.S. history occurred as the Williamette River overflowed to inundate half of the business district of Portland, OR.


The Great Pacolet Flood killed 65 people in northwestern South Carolina as upslope flow created extreme rainfall amounts. Water reportedly rose 40 feet in just 1 hour.


A tornado causing F4 damage moved east-northeast from 3 miles southwest of Caledonia, MN, crossing the Mississippi River about 12 miles south of La Crosse, WI, and dissipated 10 miles northeast of Coon Valley, WI. A mother and two children were killed as their farm near Freeburg, MN was leveled. One child was carried about half a mile. 15 people were injured in rural Minnesota homes. 14 homes were damaged or destroyed in Wisconsin, with one death occurring two miles east of Stoddard. An F3 tornado moved east-northeast out of Winneshiek County, Iowa destroying a large brick home southeast of Newhouse, MN just inside the Minnesota border. Clothes from the home were found over three miles away. One boy was severely injured, and may have died later. He had been closing windows on the second floor when the tornado struck. Also, on this date, an F2 tornado touched down just southeast of Sparta, WI and it moved north-northeast to near the Jackson County, Wisconsin border. The worse damage was east of Angelo, where "trees and barns were torn to shreds". About a dozen farms were damaged.


A tornado causing F4 damage killed 5 people and injured 20 others in Washington County in Illinois.


It was another hot day across parts of the Midwest. Rockford, IL set a record high with 98°.


Los Angeles, CA received 0.33 inches of rain in two hours, making this their most intense June rainfall.


Dome Lake, MT in the Bighorn Mountains, was buried under 32 inches of snow.


Weather played a critical role in the decision of when to invade Normandy Beach in northern France. Each element of the allied forces needed a certain type of phenomena that best suited their needs. The navy and army needed high tides so the invading soldiers would not get hung up in the water. Further inland, the paratroopers needed a moonless sky so they would not be seen. Dates in May and very early June were set which met those criteria, but were called off because of very bad weather. On the early morning on this date, the weather was once again atrocious with high winds and rain. It was either invade now, or wait until late June when all the elements of moon and tide were together again. But this would risk the Germans fortifying their positions at Normandy. So the decision was made to attack on June 6th. The waves were high, and many soldiers got sea- sick, but the mission was a success. As a matter of fact, the weather was even worse in late June for the alternate landing than it was on this date.


On June 4th, the center of Tropical Storm Alice passed about 60 miles west of Dry Tortugas and moved very near parallel to west coast of Florida and passed inland a short distance west of Panama City, about noon on this date. Winds remained below hurricane force during entire history of this storm and highest winds experienced on land were 40 to 45 mph. The storm produced beneficial rainfall.


Three lightning deaths occurred during the afternoon across Florida: At Tampa: Lightning killed a small child in a bathtub and lightning killed a person repairing a roof. At Lake Seminole: Lightning killed a fisherman standing on the lake bank.


Hurricane Ava became the earliest category 5 in the eastern Pacific basin history at 00utc on 6/7 with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph.


A rare tornado, reportedly spinning anticyclonic was sighted near Alva, OK.


Severe thunderstorms with large hail and winds to 100 mph caused a million dollars damage around Norfolk, VA. A 42 foot fishing boat capsized near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel drowning 13 of the 27 people on board.


Severe thunderstorms developed along a strong cold front during the afternoon and continued into the following morning across parts of South Dakota. The storms stretched from Meade County in the west central to Roberts County in the northeast. Numerous reports of golf ball size were reported, damaging crops across the north. Thunderstorm winds also gusted to 70 mph in many areas. Total crop and property damage from the night's storms was estimated to be near $7 million dollars.


An unseasonable storm buried portions of the Colorado Rockies between the 5th and the 8th with as much as two feet of snow with 18 inches in 24 hours ending on the 7th at Climax. Their storm total was 22.3 inches. June storm records set included 3 inches at Eagle, 15.5 inches at Aspen, and 16 inches at Breckenridge.


The Great Salt Lake in Utah reached its historic high water level with the surface level at 4,211.85 feet, exceeding the previous record of 4,211.60 feet by 3 inches. The previous record was set in June of 1873 before the building of any causeways or dikes.


Hail up to 3.5 inches in diameter fell in St. Clair County, in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Major damage occurred in Belleville, Cahokia, Freeburg, and Millstadt. Crops were smashed, and trees were stripped of leaves. $9 million dollars damage was reported to vehicles, and $4.5 million dollars damage to buildings.

Thunderstorms in southern California produced one inch hail at Mount Pinos, and marble size hail at Palmdale. Thunderstorms in southeastern Arizona produced heavy rain leaving some washes under four feet of water.


Several cities across the north central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, including Williston, ND with a reading of 104°.

Thunderstorms in Florida produced wind gusts to 65 mph which damaged two mobile homes northwest of Melbourne injuring six people.


Thunderstorms produced severe weather through the afternoon and night. Thunderstorms spawned 13 tornadoes with 154 reports of large hail or damaging winds. A strong F3 tornado injured six people at Lorenzo, TX, and thunderstorm winds gusting to 100 mph killed one person at Glasscock City, TX. Softball size hail was reported at Lipscomb and Glen Cove, TX. A large tornado touched down northwest of Liberal, KS and then moved south southeast, just passing west of the town. The tornado did considerable damage to farmsteads and irrigation systems in its path. Large hail, up to baseball size, also did considerable damage to automobiles and broke out windows in homes. Crop damage was extensive in the area from the hail.


A strong F3 tornado tore through Limon, CO. 228 of the town's homes and trailers were either damaged or destroyed and nearly 80% of the central business district was wiped out. Hail up to 2.5 inches in diameter damaged the roofs of over 90% of the houses of Limon.


Six to 8 inches of rain fell in parts of West Virginia resulting in mudslides.


In west central Kansas, hail five inches in diameter knocked holes in roofs and damaged windshields and farm machinery 7 miles south of Tribune.

Temperatures rose as high as 122° on this date through the 7th over portions of Northern India and Pakistan. Hundreds of people were killed.


It was a chilly day from the Plains states to the East Coast. Record low maximum temperatures for the date included 65° at Charleston, SC, where over seven inches of rain fell in day-long thunderstorms. The high in Raleigh, NC was only 59°, tying the record all-time coldest June maximum temperature for that location. Atlanta, GA tied their record low for the date with 53° and Tulsa, OK broke the record for the date with a cold morning low of 53°.


High winds developed over the foothills of Colorado near Boulder. The University of Colorado campus reported a wind gust to 87 mph while winds atop Niwot Ridge near the Continental Divide west of Boulder reached 72 mph.


Feeder bands from Tropical Storm Allison dumped heavy rains over Southeast Louisiana. By the 8th, many locations from Baton Rouge south to Thibodeaux were deluged with 10 to 18 inches of rain, which produced tremendous flooding. Another round of heavy rains erupted on the 10th and 11th as Allison's remnants moved directly over the same area. By the end of the second round, up to 30 inches had fallen in the area around Thibodeaux, LA. Hundreds of homes were flooded. Further north, over 3 inches of rain fell on already saturated ground in Marion County, Mississippi causing flooding to many roads.


A thunderstorm at Wye Mills, MD toppled the massive Wye Oak, the living symbol of Maryland's state tree and designated the largest white oak in the country. The tree was estimated to be more than 460 years old, 104 feet tall, with a trunk 32 feet in circumference.

The parking lot of a closed service station at Somers Point, Atlantic County, New Jersey, was hit by lightning. It traveled to the underground storage tank. The resulting explosion left a crater 50 feet in diameter and 8 to 10 feet deep.


Port Alberni, British Columbia Canada soared to a record high temperature of 94.5°, smashing the old June mark by 16 degrees.


An unusually strong storm system brought very strong winds to the Front Range Foothills in Colorado. Peak gusts included: 92 mph at Boulder, 85 mph two miles southwest of Boulder, 83 mph ten miles south of Boulder and 55 mph at Denver International Airport. The wind caused uprooted trees, power outages and the cancellation of 60 flights at Denver International Airport.

On this date through the 7th, Oman authorities evacuated tens of thousands of residents and closed the major port of Sohar as Cyclone Gonu, the Arabian Peninsula's strongest storm in 60 years, roared toward the Strait of Hormuz, the world's major transport artery for Persian Gulf oil. Maximum sustained winds of 90 mph with gusts to 105 mph churned up ocean waves as high as 35 feet. A few days prior to landfall, Gonu had intensified to a powerful super cyclonic storm with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph.


Strong thunderstorms pushed across southeast Illinois during the early morning, producing widespread rainfall of 3 to 7 inches. The highest total of 9.10 inches occurred south of Martinsville, in Clark County. Nearly 100 homes in the county were damaged from the resulting flash flooding, and every county road as well as portions of I-70 was closed due to high water.

A line of severe thunderstorms developed across central Indiana and expanded northeastward into northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. An EF1 tornado hit Marion County, while thunderstorms producing wind gusts in excess of 60 mph created widespread wind damage across Wells and Adams counties in Indiana, and Van Wert County in Ohio.


Severe storms in northeast Italy spawned a tornado in the town of Treviso which ripped off roofs and left 20 people injured.


Tornadoes and thunderstorms tore through the Midwest USA, killing at least seven people in Ohio and triggering the automatic shutdown of a nuclear power plant in Michigan. In northwest Ohio, seven people were confirmed dead in mostly rural Lake Township south of Toledo. Tornadoes destroyed dozens of homes and heavily damaged the police headquarters and high school. "Windows were blown out of the buildings, buses overturned, the police department lost all of their vehicles except the ones that were occupied by officers," said a police spokesman in a neighboring township where calls were rerouted. Severe storms caused the automatic shutdown of the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant on the shore of Lake Erie in southeast Michigan after a key area of the plant lost its power feed. Tornadoes also touched down in several locations in central Illinois around Peoria, with reports of dozens of injuries and damaged buildings.

Thousands of firefighters and soldiers are strengthening dykes that are crumbling in a second wave of massive flooding in southern Poland following weeks of torrential rains. Some 3,000 people have been evacuated from eight villages after the Vistula River spilled over near Szczucin, where massive flooding first hit in May. The Vistula was also inundating the streets and house in a part of Sandomierz, after dykes repaired after the May flooding, succumbed under new flood wave. Some villages were cut off and relying on army helicopters to drop supplies after parts of roads were washed away.


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