20 May


US Weather events

US Weather events

1894 124 yrs ago
A record late snow of two to eight inches whitened parts of central and eastern Kentucky. Lexington KY received six inches of snow. (The Weather Channel)
1916 102 yrs ago
A tornado struck the town of Codell, KS. A tornado struck the town on the same day the following year (1917)
1957 61 yrs ago
A tornado touched down to the southwest of Kansas City and traveled a distance of seventy-one miles cutting a swath of near total destruction through the southeastern suburbs of Ruskin Heights and Hickman Mills. The tornado claimed the lives of forty-five persons, and left hundreds homeless. It was the worst weather disaster of record for Kansas City. About all that remained of one house was a small table and a fish bowl atop, with the fish still swimming about inside the bowl, rather unconcerned. (The Kansas City Weather Almanac)
1987 31 yrs ago
"Thunderstorms in southern Texas produced grapefruit size hail, near the town of Dilley (""by dilly"")"
1988 30 yrs ago
Thunderstorms in the south central U.S. produced wind gusts to 70 mph at Omaha, NE, and wind gusts to 80 mph at Midland and Dallas, TX. Temperatures in California soared into the 90s and above 100 degrees. San Jose CA reported a record high of 97 degrees. (The National Weather Summary)
1989 29 yrs ago
Pre-dawn thunderstorms produced large hail in eastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas. Later in the morning thunderstorms in North Carolina produced dime size hail at Hanging Dog. Thunderstorms also produced severe weather from the Lower Mississippi Valley to the Central Plains Region later that day and night, with baseball size hail reported around Lawn, Novice and Eola TX. (The National Weather Summary)
1990 28 yrs ago
Thunderstorms produced severe weather across the southeastern quarter of the nation through the day and night. Severe thunderstorms spawned six tornadoes, including one which injured two persons at Algoma, MS, and another which injured nine persons at Rogersville, MO. There were 119 reports of large hail or damaging winds. Thunderstorms produced baseball size hail at Houston MO and damaging winds which killed one person at Toccoa GA. (Storm Data)
Data source: http://www.weatherforyou.com/


World records

World records


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F5 tornadoes

F5 tornadoes

1957 61 yrs ago
Ruskin Heights, Missouri 1974 fatalities
May 1957 Central Plains tornado outbreak – Entire rows of homes were swept away, with extensive wind-rowing of structural debris noted in nearby fields. A steel-reinforced school was partially leveled, and many shops and businesses sustained F5 damage. F4 damage occurred in both Kansas and Missouri, but the F5 damage was in Ruskin Heights and Hickman Mills.
Official F5/EF5; undisputed
1960 58 yrs ago
Niechobrz, Poland 2014 fatalities
Officially rated high-end F4 with homes completely destroyed. Report on tornado noted potential F5 damage.
Officially ranked below F5/EF5, but rating is disputed; event may have been F5/EF5
2013 5 yrs ago
Moore, Oklahoma 1994 fatalities
2013 Moore tornado – Many homes were swept away, including nine that were well-built and bolted to their foundations. An elementary school was almost completely leveled, extensive ground scouring occurred, and two 10-ton propane tanks were thrown more than half a mile through the air. Trees and shrubs were debarked, wind-rowing of debris was noted, and an oil tank was thrown a full mile from a production site, while another was never found. A manhole cover was removed near Moore Medical Center, and vehicles were thrown hundreds of yards and torn into multiple pieces.
Official F5/EF5; undisputed


Deadly earthquakes

Deadly earthquakes

1986-05-20 05.25 UTC 32 yrs ago
Taiwan (map) , 15.8 km deep Magnitude: 6.2
Deaths resulting from earthquake shaking1
Total fatalities resulting from earthquake shaking and secondary effects1
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)1

1992-05-20 12.20 UTC 26 yrs ago
Pakistan (map) , 12.9 km deep Magnitude: 6.0
Deaths resulting from earthquake shaking36
Total fatalities resulting from earthquake shaking and secondary effects36
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)36
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Emergency Events Database)36





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