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Wild June Weather Extremes

Wild June Weather Extremes

Weather records are broken all the time. This year’s weather has been no exception. This spring has been a pretty busy one with some early flooding, tornadoes, and heat waves.  Here’s a look back at some June weather oddities and record breakers over many years.

June 1, 1812 — A Cold Day.
According to David Ludlum, a weather historian, snow was on the ground in Cleveland, OH and Rochester NY.

June 6, 1816—Temperature Extremes.
Salem, MA reached 92 degrees during an early heat wave, but then plunged 49 degrees in 24 hours. This according to Ludlum was the beginning of the “year without a summer.”

June 6, 1975–Backwards Tornado!
An unusual tornado was spotted spinning backwards (spinning clockwise), near Alva, OK.

June 10, 1752–Memorable Storm.
Many believe that this day is the day that Benjamin Franklin narrowly missed electrocution while flying a kite during a thunderstorm.

June 15, 1989–Terrifying thunderbolts.
In the Southern Mid-Atlantic States thunderstorms producd severe weather. They spawned eight tornadoes, including strong (F-3) tornadoes which injured three persons at Mountville, PA, and four persons at Columbia, PA. There were reports of large hail and damaging winds, including wind gusts to 80 mph at Norfolk, VA, and Hogback Mountain, SC.

June 21, 1989–First day of summer?
It didn’t feel like the first day of summer in the northern and central Rockies. In Colorado, 15 inches of snow was reported at the summit of Mount Evans. In Wyoming, 18 inches was reported at Dickensen Park. Heavy rain continued in the eastern half of the country with Huntsville, AL, reporting a record 11.65 inches for the month, compared to the 0.17-inch rainfall total in June 1988.

June 21, 2005–Hail of a day.
People who live in Colorado must not look forward to the first day of summer. Again on this summer solstice day, a weather extreme was recorded. A slow-moving thunderstorm dumped up to a foot of hail in southeastern portions of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Snowplows had to be used to clear a route through a major thoroughfare in the city. Heavy rainfall from the storm left up to 4 feet of water in city streets, trapping dozens of motorists.

June 30, 1972–Early but Deadly Hurricane.
The entire state of Pennsylvania was declared a disaster area as a result of the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Agnes, which claimed 48 lives, and caused 2.1 billion dollars damage. Agnes actually made landfall June 19 in Florida and worked its way north.

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