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Preliminary Storm Summary for May 12, 2022 Derecho

A derecho moved through the Northern Plains during the late afternoon and early evening hours of Thursday, May 12th, including e SD and w central MN. It produced straight-line winds of between at 60 to over 100 mph. Several tornadoes were reported and confirmed. Some of the worst damage occurred in Castlewood, when an EF2 tornado with wind speeds up to 120 mph passed through town. Read More >

Weather History Archive


Weather History - January 5th

Local and Regional Events:

January 5, 1994:

A low-pressure system traveled from the Dakotas, across southern Minnesota, and to the Great Lakes Region, from the late morning of the 5th, through the early evening of the 7th. By the early evening hours on the 7th, up to three and one-half feet of snow had fallen along the higher terrain of Lake Superior. The storm also produced heavy snow across parts of central Minnesota. Six inches or more occurred across much of central Minnesota. In west-central Minnesota, Wheaton and Artichoke Lake received 5 inches, with 6 inches at Browns Valley.


January 5, 2012:

Numerous record high temperatures were broken across central and northeast South Dakota and west-central Minnesota throughout the week. Some of the records were broken by as much as 12 to 17 degrees and held 80 to 90 years. Aberdeen surpassed their record high for January by 3 degrees with 63 degrees on Thursday, January 5th. Kennebec tied their all-time record high for January with 70 degrees on January 5th. Click HERE for other records.

Jan 5, 2012 Record Heat in SD


U.S.A and Global Events for January 5th:

1880: Snow began falling in Seattle, Washington, and would continue for much of the week. When it was over, more than 5 feet of snow was recorded. Click HERE for more information from Scott Sistek at KOMONews.


1884: One of only two days in history during which the temperature at Louisville, Kentucky, never rose above zero. The low was 20 degrees below, with a high of 1 below zero.

Jan 5, 1884 Louisville Cold


1888: Snowfall amounts of 3.5 to 5 inches fell over Sacramento, California. The heaviest snow in recent history was two inches on February 4-5th in 1976. Click the link for a newspaper article from the Sacramento Daily Union, published on Jan 6th, 1888.

Jan 4, 1888 Sacramento Snow


1892: From the History of Fayetteville, Georgia, "Another traumatic event occurred in Fayetteville on the evening of January 5, 1892, about six o'clock in the evening. A terrible tornado or cyclone struck the town of Fayetteville just as many had sat down for dinner. The storm killed three people and injured many more as its raging force destroyed numerous residences, outbuildings, and structures, including the academy, as well as killing abundant livestock. The event was written about as far away as Savannah."


1962: Two tornadoes, about 100 yards apart and each making paths about 100 yards wide, followed parallel paths from southeast to northwest through the edge of the Crestview, Florida's residential area. These tornadoes killed one and injured 30 others.


Click HERE for more This Day in Weather History from the Southeast Regional Climate Center.