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Weather History: May 14: Record temps, storms, hail, tornadoes, wind & snow

Meteorological events that happened on May 14th:


Gabriel Fahrenheit, inventor of the thermometer was born.


The greatest May snowstorm on record for New England occurred. The hills around Newbury, VT were covered with up to 24 inches of snow and the higher elevations around Haverhill, NH received up to three feet of snow.


A rare tornado struck Eastport, ME.


43 people were killed as a tornado ripped through Anderson, IN. An F4 twister touched down two miles north of Redkey, IN and lifted five miles north of Celina, OH. Six people were killed, five of them in leveled homes northwest of Celina.


The temperature at Climax, CO fell to -10°. This was the lowest temperature ever recorded in the United States during the month of May at that time.


A severe hailstorm hit Kansas City, MO. Some hailstones were observed as large as 9.5 inches in circumference. Nearly every home in the eastern and central parts of the city had their south facing windows knocked out. Several injuries resulted from the hail.


An early morning violent F5 tornado cut a 45 mile path of destruction through Howard and Mitchell counties in Texas. 23 people lost their lives and 250 sustained injuries. The path width of the tornado reached 1.5 miles at one point and entire farms were "wiped off the face of the earth".


The North Atlantic Hurricane Season of 1933 was a busy one. It started on this date as a tropical storm formed. It would not end until after 21 tropical storms and hurricanes had occurred. It was the greatest number of tropical storms and hurricanes in any year up to that time.


High temperature for the day soared to 84° at London, England. It would be the hottest temperature Londoners would see that year, and the earliest date for the annual maximum temperature since at least 1875.


After 55 rainless days at Brownsville, TX, its fourth longest dry stretch ended with .01 inch of rain recorded on this date.


Severe thunderstorms developed in DeWitt County, located between Bloomington and Decatur, and moved northward. The storms produced a wind gust of 73 mph at the Bloomington airport. In the Marshall County town of Wenona, winds up to 100 mph destroyed several barns and farm buildings. LaSalle County had 2 inch diameter hail and 60 mph winds; in Mendota, nearly every building in town sustained some damage.


On this date through the 15th, a spring blizzard whipped Southern Manitoba Canada in knee-deep snow with 50 mph winds. This was considered the worst spring snowstorm in Alberta’s history.


Several cities across the western U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date as unseasonably hot weather made a comeback. The record high of 103° at Sacramento, CA was their ninth in eleven days, and also marked a record seven days of 100 degree heat for the month.


Thunderstorms developing along a stationary front produced severe weather in south central Texas and the Southern High Plains Region during the afternoon and evening hours. Thunderstorms produced softball size hail at Spearman and Hitchcock, TX.

Lightning struck and killed two softball players in Randolph, NY, as they sought shelter from a thunderstorm under a tree. Four other players who had also run under the tree were treated for shock and minor injuries.


Thunderstorms developing ahead of a cold front produced severe weather from northwest Texas to western Missouri. Severe thunderstorms spawned 17 tornadoes, including 9 in Texas. Four tornadoes in Texas injured a total of 9 people. Thunderstorms in Texas also produced hail 4 inches in diameter at Shamrock, and hail 4.5 inches in diameter near Guthrie. Thunderstorms over northeastern Kansas produced more than 7 inches of rain in Chautauqua County over a three hour period during the late evening hours.


Baseball size hail damaged cars, broke windows and skylights, and did extensive roof damage at Knox City, TX. A tornado was sighted eight miles west of Knox City.


A severe thunderstorm, with some hailstones up to 9.5 inches in circumference, pounded a four mile wide path across Kansas City, MO. South-facing windows were broken in nearly every house in central and eastern parts of the city, and several persons were injured. An even larger hailstone was thought to have been found, but it turned out to be a chunk of ice tossed out the window of a building by a prankster.


A storm stalled south of Nova Scotia drenching Halifax with 3.89 inches, the greatest daily May rainfall since records began in 1871.


Severe thunderstorms producing large hail, very heavy rain and tornadoes impacted the urban corridor and the adjacent Plains. Heavy rain associated with a severe thunderstorm caused flooding along a small tributary draining into the South Platte River. A child drained in the floodwaters.


Winds gust up to 62 mph wreaked havoc across Quebec, Canada. An 18-wheeler was one of six tractor-trailers pushed over on its side near Beloeil. The Montreal transit authority decided against running buses in the reserved lane on the Champlain Bridge. Winds also caused significant property damage in Ste-Julie, uprooting hundreds of trees and leaving a trampoline dangling from power lines. The strong winds cut electricity to 70,000 customers.


A new high temperature record was set in the country of Mayanmar when the town of Myinmu hit 117°.


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