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Weather History: May 28: Record temps, storms, floods, tornadoes, wind & snow

Meteorological events that happened on May 28th:


Three tornadoes crossed through the town of Cincinnati, OH and then traveled up the Ohio valley.


Savoy, TX was hit by an F4 tornado. 14 people were killed and 60 others were injured. It leveled the entire business and northeast residential sections. The tornado was described as "a funnel blazing with balls of fire".

Brackettville, TX hit by a tremendous rainstorm which caused flash flooding, killing 20 people.


The temperature reached 97° at San Francisco, CA, establishing a record high temperature for the month of May.

A two-day long sandstorm blasted Yuma, AZ


F3 tornadoes skipped through Montgomery and Bucks counties in Pennsylvania, then across Mercer and Monmouth counties in New Jersey from south of Ambler, to Jarrrettstown south of Hatboro, near Langhorne, then crossed the Delaware River, 4 miles south of Trenton, NJ. Damage was done to businesses at White Horse and Allentown, NJ. Losses totaled over $200,000 dollars. At least 16 barns were destroyed and all of the 4 deaths may have been in barns or stables, 2 in each Pennsylvania County. 15 other people were injured.


Record late season snows fell across northwest Iowa. 10 inches fell at Lemars, 8 inches at Cherokee, and 5 inches at Sioux City.


On this date through the 29th, an unusually late and cold winter-like storm moved across parts of the Rockies, central Plains to the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Heavy snow across Wisconsin, with 10 inches reported at Gay Mills and just south of La Crosse. The snow damaged fruit and other trees, and downed power lines. Sioux Falls, SD reported their latest measurable snowfall on record when 0.8 inches fell. The storm also left a total of 6.6 inches of snow, which began late the previous day. The same storm system also affected Scottsbluff,, NE leaving a total of 4.8 inches of snow, 3 inches of which fell on this date. Following the storm was the coldest weather of the month for much of the High Plains Region and Missouri Valley. Williston, ND reported a low of 21° and the next morning Cheyenne, WY reported a morning low of 16° and the low of 27° at Sioux Falls, SD was not only a daily record low but their latest freezing temperature on record. Cheyenne, WY only reached 30° for their high temperature, which still stands as the latest day in the season that the temperature remained below freezing.


Unseasonal snow fell across the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada that began the day before. Snowfall totals included: Grant Grove: 11 inches, Huntington Lake: 10 inches, Giant Forest: 7.5 inches and Tehachapi: 3 inches. Further south, Idyllwild, CA recorded their latest measurable snowfall on record with a half an inch.


22,000 people died in a major cyclone along the coast of East Pakistan.


Two F3 tornadoes touched down during the afternoon in Morris County, New Jersey, with an F1 reported in Berks County, Pennsylvania. One of the New Jersey tornadoes injured 12 people.


2.20 inches of rain fell in just 15 minutes at Leesburg, VA.


A major snowstorm in Montana dumped up to 4 feet of snow fell in some places with drifts exceeding 10 feet.


Sacramento, CA had their hottest temperature ever recorded in the month of May, when the temperature reached 110°. This broke the old record of 100° which was set in 1932.


Thunderstorms produced torrential rains in Oklahoma and northern Texas. Lake Altus, OK was deluged with 9 inches of rain. 10 to 13 inches of rain inundated central Oklahoma over the last five days of the month resulting in damage estimated at $65 million dollars. Flooding forced several thousand people to evacuate their homes, many by boat or by helicopter. Measurable rain was recorded in Oklahoma City for the tenth straight day, setting a consecutive day record of at least one one-hundredth of an inch of liquid equivalent precipitation. Up to 8 inches of rain drenched northern Texas and baseball size hail was reported north of Seminole and at Knickerbocker.


A sharp cold front began to usher cold, wet and windy weather into the western U.S. Thunderstorms in the Great Plains Region produced wind gusts to 80 mph near Brookings, SD.

Austin, MN hit 94°, setting their highest temperature for May.


Unseasonably hot weather continued in Florida. Several cities reported record high temperatures for the date. The record high of 98° at Lakeland, FL was their fifth in a row. Thunderstorms produced severe weather in Florida late in the day, with golf ball size hail reported at Kissimmee.


Two to five inches of rain fell over southeastern Ohio through the 29th which capped an exceptionally wet month of May and triggered widespread flooding. Flooding claimed three lives and caused millions of dollars damage. Numerous roads in southeast Ohio were flooded and impassable, and many other roads were blocked by landslides.

Los Angeles, CA received unseasonably heavy rainfall of 1.14 inches. This set a daily record. Many areas around Los Angeles received more than inch.


Thunderstorms with extremely heavy rains moved through northern Illinois. Flash flooding was reported in several counties. In Rockford, 4.77 inches of rain fell with Doppler radar estimates exceeding 5 inches in just 8 hours over parts of northern Illinois. Creeks in Dekalb, Winnebago and Boone counties quickly rose out of their banks. As much as 2.5 inches of rain in less than one hour was reported in the city of Dekalb.

An F4 tornado moved through Jefferson, Bullitt, and Spencer counties in Kentucky, injuring 10 people, damaging 600 homes and causing $100 million damage.


A new Nevada maximum temperature record for May was set when the high temperature soared to 102° at Battle Mountain, NV. Record highs for May were tied at Palm Springs, CA: 116° (5/23/2001 & 5/28/1983), Las Vegas, NV: 109° and Palomar Mountain, CA: 91° (5/31/2001). Big Bear Lake, CA set their record high for May with 87°.


An early season heat wave covered a large of western and central Russia between the Caspian and Black Seas. The temperature at Volgograd soared to 98° while in Moscow, the mercury hit 91.2°, easily surpassing May’s previous all-time record.


Calgary, Alberta Canada's chilly morning temperature of 34° tied for lowest temperature in the country with Iqaluit, Nunavut.


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