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Weather History: June 7: Record temps, storms, wind, tornadoes, tropics & floods

Meteorological events that happened on June 7th:


In Danville, VT snow and sleet drifted to a depth of 20 inches. The higher elevations remained white the entire day. Snow flurries were reported as far south as Boston, MA. Waltham, MA reported a low temperature of 33° and New Haven, CT had a low of 35°. Parts of Upstate New York received up to 3 inches of snow. Thus began “the year without a summer”.


A severe thunderstorm dropped hail up to 4 inches in diameter and spawned a tornado at Parkhill/St. Thomas, Ontario Canada. Homes and orchards were damaged.


A violent tornado moved across Washington County, from near Covington to New Minden, IL. Near the tornado's endpoint, 4 people were killed while running to their storm cellar. Another violent tornado in southern Clark County destroyed or damaged every building in Old York. The tornado tracked for 15 miles, crossing into Indiana.


An F3 tornado touched down in Hillsboro, WI and then moved northeast to just southeast of Mauston, WI. About 4 miles south of Mauston, the tornado killed a farmer and his son as they ran for their storm cellar. Another F3 tornado tracked northeast from 9 miles northwest of Charles City, IA to two miles northeast of Charles City. It left only the floor boards on a small farm house about 5 miles northwest of Charles City. In the east part of Charles City, 5 homes were destroyed and 20 others were severely damaged. A man was killed by a falling chimney and 10 others were injured. About 200 buildings were damaged.


An F4 tornado near Arcadia, NE killed 11 people, beginning a 3-day stretch of killer tornadoes that spread into the eastern U.S.

Scottsbluff, NE received its greatest daily precipitation on record when 3.18 inches of rain deluged the city.


Richmond, VA experienced its worst flood on record as rains from the remnants of Hurricane Agnes pushed the water level at the city to a height of 36.5 feet, easily topping the previous record of 30 feet set in 1771.

A thunderstorm dropped 1.09” at Meadows Field in 45 minutes making it the wettest day ever in June at Bakersfield, CA. The thunderstorm produced wind gusts to 50 mph, washed out sections of a highway and damaged automobiles and buildings. One person was killed. There was one report of 3.50 inches of rain in an hour in one part of the city.


Thunderstorms caused downed trees and power lines as well as street flooding all across western New York State. A wind gust of 79 mph was observed at greater Buffalo International Airport. Golf ball sized hail was reported north and east of the city. A rare flash of St. Elmo's fire knocked out the Weather Service's radar and telephone lines for about 10 minutes as the storm passed. Air controllers at the Buffalo Airport said the control tower received a direct lightning strike that blackened out the air control computer for a short period.


Miami, FL dropped to an overnight low temperature of 80° which set a new record for the highest minimum temperature at that location.


42 tornadoes touched down in the Upper Midwest with 21 of them occurring in Iowa. An F4 tornado tracked 30 miles through Mahaska and Keokuk Counties in Iowa, killing two people and injuring 51 others. The small town of Wright was practically wiped out. Barneveld, WI was devastated shortly before midnight as an F5 tornado chewed up the town. 90% of the town was damaged or destroyed, nine people were killed, and 197 were injured.


Thunderstorms in the Laramie Mountains of eastern Wyoming produced golf ball size hail and up to 5 inches of rain in just one hour.

Several cities in the Upper Mississippi Valley reported record high temperatures for the date, including La Crosse WI with a reading of 97°.


Many cities in the central and eastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, including Miles City, MT with a high of 106° and Rapid City, SD with a reading of 104°.

Snow whitened some of the mountains of northern California and northwestern Nevada.


Thunderstorms produced severe weather from southern Oklahoma and eastern Texas to northwestern Florida through the day and night. Thunderstorms spawned 22 tornadoes, including a dozen in Louisiana, and there were 119 reports of large hail or damaging winds. A strong F2 tornado at Gross Tete, LA killed two people, injured 30 others. Another strong F2 tornado injured 60 people at Lobdell, LA. Softball size hail was reported at Hillsboro, TX.

In Southwest Kansas, heavy rains of 3 to 5 inches fell across Grant County, producing flash flooding across the area. Many roads were washed out and extensive crop damage was reported. The town of Ulysses received widespread flooding.

A Suriname Airways DC-8 crashed into the jungle during its third attempt to land in a thick fog which shrouded the Paramaribo, Suriname airport in South America. 15 of the 183 on board the aircraft survived.


Strong low pressure developed over the Rockies and moved into the plains. Thunderstorms erupted over western Iowa, with many producing hail. There were numerous reports of hail damage to vehicles. Damage at one car dealership in Carroll was estimated at $250,000 dollars and another at Estherville had $100,000 dollars in damage. Some of the storms also produced strong straight-line winds. At Arnolds Park, 65 mph winds lifted boats from their moorings. Several tornadoes were spawned by the storms. The strongest tornado was in Lyon and Osceola Counties where it was on the ground for 10 miles. Most of its path was in open country but Sibley did get hit. In Sibley, one roof was taken off of a house and a high school bus barn was severely damaged causing about $150,000 dollars in damage.

A huge tornado touched down in northwest Minnehaha County in South Dakota and cut a swath of destruction 55 miles long and one half mile wide. The tornado moved from northwest Minnehaha County through western Moody County and into eastern Brookings County. Most structures within the path of the tornado were little match for the storm which packed winds estimated between 210 and 260 mph. Numerous farms and residences were destroyed and trees snapped off or uprooted.

The tornado developed around 4:30 in the afternoon and shortly after touching down leveled two houses. It caused destruction on, at least, 10 farms before entering the east side of Colman at 5:00 pm. At least 15 homes in Colman were damaged resulting in $250,000 dollars in damage mainly due to roofs being blown off. The tornado stayed on the ground until it passed northeast of Brookings. The tornado was one of over two dozen tornadoes that touched down in southeast and east central South Dakota, southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa during this outbreak. One tornado struck the town of Tracy in southwest Minnesota and although the tornado was relatively small it was sufficient to severely damage 17 mobile homes and the local high school.

Parts of the Chicago, IL metropolitan area were flooded after thunderstorms produced 2 to 5 inches of rain in a 3-hour period. This type of a rainstorm in that area has an average occurrence rate of once every 30-60 years. Over the period of a day, up to 6.50 inches of rain fell, producing one of greater floods noted in that area. The deep tunnel flood control system under the south side of Chicago which holds 185 million gallons of water was filled.


The forecast for tonight: Sunny and warm at Barrow, AK on the Arctic Ocean when the late spring and early summer brings all night sunshine. On this date, the high temperature rose to a record 51° with a gusty land breeze.


The temperature at the Royal Air Force base in Oxfordshire, England outside of the town of Benson recorded their lowest June temperature ever of 32°.


Oman authorities evacuate tens of thousands of residents and close 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. On June 5th, Gonu had intensified to a powerful super cyclonic storm with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph.


On this date through the 9th, New York City set record high temperatures for three days: 96°, 96° and 99° respectively.

A single supercell thunderstorm developed over western Illinois and moved east to the Indiana border, producing 8 different tornadoes along its path, including some of the southern Chicago suburbs. Four of the tornadoes were rated EF2 in strength.


In Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Marquette established a record low high with a chilly 50°.

Snow fell briefly at the Billings airport in Montana, without any accumulation. The high temperature was only 47°. Burgess Junction, MT received 9 inches of snow while Red Lodge, MT had 4 inches.


Heavy rainfall during a six-hour period dumped up to 6 inches of rain along the Haiti/Dominican Republic border. Falling on the already soaked grounds, the rain caused mudslides. At least 25 people were killed near the capital city of Port-au-Prince as houses collapsed.

Strong wind and rain killed 10 people, damaged property and flooded homes in southern Pakistan in the last 24 hours, but the disaster Cyclone Phet threatened to bring was averted. "The death toll has gone up to 10. Seven died in Karachi and three were killed in Hyderabad," Sindh province's health minister said. Property was damaged in the towns of Thatta and Badin, and a small building collapsed in Karachi. Cyclone Phet turned into a low depression after making landfall in Thatta and Badin, and moved towards Rajasthan in India.


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