On This Day In Weather History...

A famous Virginia flood occurred as heavy rains in the mountains brought
all rivers in the state to record high levels. (Sandra and TI Richard
Sanders - 1987)
A tornado (unofficially F2) moved along a five mile long path 
east of Jeffersonville IN (Clark County). The Louisville 
weather office's log book simply read, Partly cloudy, and 
threatening during the greater portion of the day. Shower, 
11.56am12.04 pm; amount, .05. While rain was falling, a few 
indistinct, distant peals of thunder were heard. (NWS Louisville)
A tornado touched down near Louisiana MO about noon and remained on the
ground for a distance of 293 miles, finally lifting seven hours and twenty
minutes later in eastern Jennings County IN. The twister cut a swath of
destruction two and a half miles wide through Mattoon IL. There were 101
persons killed in the tornado, including 53 at Mattoon, and 38 at
Charleston IL. Damage from the storm totalled 2.5 million dollars. (David
An F2 tornado was spotted in Simpson County. (NWS Louisville)
A slow moving nor-easter battered New England with high 
winds, heavy rain, and record late season snow on this day. 
Winds 70 to 90 mph in gusts occurred along the coast. Over 7 
inches of rain fell at Nantucket, Massachusetts with 6.57 
inches falling in 24 hours to set a new 24 hour rainfall 
record. 24.9 inches of snow fell at Mount Washington, New 
Hampshire to set a new May snowfall record. (NWS Louisville)
An F2 tornado struck Smiths Grove (Warren County). A barn was 
destroyed and another damaged. (NWS Louisville)
A tornado produced F1 damage along a four mile long path 
through Allen County, resulting in a quarter million dollars 
in damage. An F1 tornado was on the ground for 6 miles in 
Simpson County. (NWS Louisville)
Lightning struck and damaged two homes in Louisville. (NWS Louisville)


Ag Weather Center, Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky