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Active Weather Pattern Expected From the Midwest to the Southern Plains; Dangerous Heat Likely in Southern Texas

A strong storm system will bring numerous to widespread severe thunderstorms across portions of the Midwest and Upper Great Lakes Tuesday. Tornadoes (a few strong), damaging winds and large hail are expected. Record high temperatures will be possible over southern Texas the next several days. This may lead to dangerous heat concerns especially for areas already without power. Read More >

 Today's Weather Trivia

Today's Date is Monday May 20, 2024...\n ON... May 20, 1903 In Southwest Kansas, a tornado moved northeast, then east at Ashland and near Lexington. About 55 homes were damaged at Ashland. Barns were destroyed on two farms that were struck. IN 1916...A tornado struck the town of Codell, KS. Another tornado struck the town the next year, and a third tornado hit again the following year. IN 1918...In western Kansas a large tornado moved northeast from 10 miles southeast of Wakeeney. Over 200 head of cattle were killed and many others were injured. Farm machinery was carried considerable distances, and many farm buildings were swept away. Damage was $100,000. IN 1949...Eight or more tornadoes were involved along an 85 mile long track across the counties of Gray, Ford, Hodgeman and Pawnee. Newspapers in the area used headlines such as Tornado army attacks Kansas to describe the record breaking number of tornadoes, at least 40 that hit the central and western part of the state. No people were killed, but hundreds of animals were. Four funnels were seen moving northeast about 6 miles northwest of Dodge City. A tornado moved northeast from 7 miles southwest of Coldwater KS, just missing that town, and ending at Wilmore. The "huge rotating column" sent the entire town of Coldwater running to storm cellars. Most of the $200,000 damage was at Wilmore, as the entire town was torn apart. IN 1951...A tornado moved east-northeast near Scott City KS. A large barn was destroyed south of Scott City. The tornado struck five farms. IN 1957...A tornado touched down to the southwest of Kansas City and traveled a distance of 71 miles cutting a swath of near total destruction through the southeastern suburbs of Ruskin Heights and Hickman Mills. The tornado claimed the lives of 45 persons, and left hundreds homeless. It was the worst weather disaster of record for Kansas City.

 

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