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Hazardous Heat Expanding into the Central and Eastern U.S.; Severe Thunderstorms in the Northern Plains into the Upper Mississippi Valley

Hazardous heat will expand in coverage over portions of the central and eastern U.S. into next week. Confidence is increasing in dangerous, potentially deadly heat, particularly for urban areas in the Southeast and East Coast beginning Monday. Multiple clusters of strong to severe thunderstorms are possible across portions of the Northern Plains into the Upper Mississippi Valley this weekend. Read More >

Weather History Archive

Weather History - May 20th

Local and Regional Events:

May 20, 1965:

A tornado hit north of Frederick. A barn and all outbuildings were destroyed on one farm. Windows exploded outward at the house. The tornado was estimated to be on the ground for about 5 miles.


May 20, 1974:

Softball size hail fell in Kennebec, in Lyman County, breaking many windows in the schools and other buildings.


U.S.A and Global Events for May 20th:

1894: A record late snow of two to eight inches whitened parts of central and eastern Kentucky. Lexington received six inches of snow, and Springfield Kentucky received 5 inches.


1916: In three consecutive years, a tornado passed near or through the town of Codell, Kansas. The tornado on this day was an estimated F2. The estimated F3 tornado in 1917 passed two miles west of town. Finally, an estimated F4 tornado moved through Codell on May 20th, 1918. This tornado killed 9 and injured at least 65 others. Click HERE for more information from the Weather Doctor.

1957: A tornado touched down to the southwest of Kansas City and traveled a distance of seventy-one miles cutting a swath of near 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 on record for Kansas City. About all that remained of one house were a small table and a fishbowl atop, with the fish still swimming about inside the bowl. A canceled check from Hickman Hills was found in Ottumwa, Iowa, 165 miles away. Pilots reported debris at an altitude of 30,000 feet. Click HERE for more information from the NWS Office in Kansas City.

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