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Weather History: May 29: Record temps, floods, storms, tornadoes, wind & snow

Listed are Meteorological events that happened on May 29th:


Yuma, AZ was in the final hours of a horrific two-day sandstorm.


A tornado causing F4 damage killed 4 people and injured 35 others in Boone and Audrain counties in Missouri.


Shallow river fog contributed to the collision of the CP Liner Empress of Ireland and a Norwegian coal ship, The Storstad on the St. Lawrence River about 186 miles from Quebec City, Quebec Canada. The liner sank in 25 minutes drowning 1,024 passengers.


The United Kingdom recorded their hottest temperature for the month of May when the high reached 91° in and around London.


A massive hailstorm, from Wallace to Kearney County in Kansas, caused $6 million dollars damage to crops.


A tornado, 600 yards wide at times, killed two people on its 20 mile path from southwest of Fort Rice, ND into Emmons County. Nearly every building in Fort Rice was damaged. The Catholic Church was leveled, with some pews jammed four feet into the ground.


Two major tornadoes ripped through southern Illinois. The most severe was an F4 that touched down northeast of Carbondale, IL then moved through Marion, IL. The twister had multiple vortices within the main funnel. Extensive damage occurred at the Marion Airport. A total of 10 people were killed and 181 were injured. 648 homes and 200 cars were damaged or destroyed, with total damages around $100 million dollars.

Two inch diameter hail fell at Louisville, KY and Columbus, OH had a wind gust to 76 mph.

The high temperature in Greenville, SC only climbed to a chilly 54°, 28 degrees below normal.


Riverside, CA soared to 108°, their highest temperature on record for the month of May. Idyllwild, CA tied their May record with 93° (5/31/2001).


Hailstones over 3 inches in diameter pounded South Shore in Montreal, Quebec Canada causing over $65 million dollars in damage.


Thunderstorms in West Texas produced softball size hail at Lamesa, and hail up to a foot deep east of Dimmitt. Thunderstorms also spawned 7 tornadoes in West Texas, including one which injured three people. Thunderstorms deluged the Texas Hill Country with up to 11 inches of rain. Severe flooding along the Medino, Hondo, Seco, Sabinal and Frio rivers caused more than $50 million dollars damage.


A powerful cold front brought snow and high winds to parts of the western U.S.

Austin, NV was blanketed with 10 inches of snow, and winds gusted to 95 mph at the Mojave Airport in California.

Strong southerly winds and unseasonably warm weather prevailed in the north central U.S. Glasgow, MT equaled their record for the month of May with a high of 102°. Miles City, MT hit 100°, setting a record for high for the month of May and the earliest record of triple digit heat.


Wintry weather gripped parts of the northwestern U.S. for the second day in a row. Great Falls, MT was blanketed with 12 inches of snow, which pushed their total for the winter season to a record 117.4 inches. Six inches of snow whitened the Cascade Mountains of Oregon.


Afternoon and evening thunderstorms produced severe weather from north central Colorado to the northern half of Texas. Severe thunderstorms spawned four tornadoes, with 70 reports of large hail or damaging winds. Midday thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 90 mph at Hobart, OK, and produced up to 3.5 inches of rain in eastern Colorado in 4 hours.


A line of severe thunderstorms moved into northwest Iowa. Strong winds were the dominant feature with these thunderstorms. Numerous trees and power lines were blown down in Sioux City by winds of nearly 70 mph. High winds also caused extensive damage at the Akron Airport. A hanger and two planes were destroyed, and a tractor-semitrailer and bulk fuel tanks were overturned. Damage at the Akron Airport was over $100,000 dollars. Winds blew down trees in the Sanborn area in O'Brien County and in the Ocheyedan area of Osceola County.


An F4 tornado ripped through Great Barrington, MA, killing three people, injuring 24, and causing $25 million in damage. Debris was carried for more than 45 miles.


Downburst winds from a thunderstorm picked up a small boat and airlifted it to the opposite side of a canal where it landed in a resident's yard and damaged a parked vehicle at Tampa, FL.


A rainstorm dumped 1.66 inches of rain in 45 minutes at Dodge City, KS.


Record heat prevailed across the western Plains. The following cities recorded their all-time record high temperature for May: Death Valley, CA: 122°, Goodland, KS: 103°, Pueblo, CO: 102°, Grand Junction, CO: 101°, Cheyenne, WY: 91°, and Alamosa, CO: 89°. Death Valley, CA soared to 122°.


Thunderstorms developed in warm, moist, unstable air during the afternoon and evening hours across parts of western New York State downing trees and power lines. Up to 5,000 homes were without power at the peak of the storm. Hail up to 1 inch in diameter was reported in Perry, Wyoming County. The training thunderstorms dropped 4 to 6 inches of rain in two to three hours in a localized area from Phelps to Newark. A State of Emergency was declared that was declared in Newark remained in effect for a week with most schools and businesses closed during that time. Nearly 300 basements were flooded and several roads covered with up to a foot of water remained closed for several days.


Scottsbluff, NE set its all-time record high for May with a high of 103°. Cheyenne, WY equaled its warmest May temperature with a high of 91°, which was previously attained on this day in 2000.

Borrego Springs, CA soared to 115° and Victorville, CA hit 108°, each a record high for the month of May.

Las Vegas, NV recorded a morning low of 89°. This was their warmest low ever recorded in May.


A significant severe weather outbreak occurred over western and central Oklahoma, mainly along and just north of Interstate 40. Quarter to golf ball size hail was the most common size of hail that fell, but hailstones up to softball size fell just east of Custer City. Damage surveys concluded that much of the wind damage was due to straight-line winds, but three F1 tornadoes did track across northwestern Canadian, central Logan, and northwest Lincoln counties.

Hail, with the largest quarter size, fell in many part of north central South Dakota. Lighting struck a house in Veblen and caused some damage. Glass from a broken window hit a man and some debris from the ceiling hit a woman. They were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. Heavy rain of 3 to 6 inches fell between Westport and Columbia with cropland and many roads flooded. Also some basements were flooded. Four, weak F0 tornadoes, also were reported. The first two touched down near Bath causing no damage. The other two occurred near Ipswich, also causing no damage.

A man and his son were struck by lightning while practicing on the driving range at a golf course in southwest Denver, CO. The father was killed and his son was seriously injured. Three other people standing nearby received minor injuries.


Torrential rainfalls spawn dangerous flash floods and mudslides across Germany, France, Italy, and Belgium. In northern Italy, a mudslide takes three lives. In eastern France and Belgium, the downpours trigger a mudslide that blocks roads and railways.


The mercury soared to 76.6° at Narsarsuaq, Greenland on the southern coast. This is the hottest temperature on record in Greenland for May.


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