Thursday, June 2, 2011

Heatwave Continuing

Before we discuss the ongoing heat, Joplin, MO officials say all the unaccounted for people have been located and the death toll has settled at 134 people. Officials do caution the toll could go a bit higher due to some tornado victims injuries being quite serious and several could die due to those injuries.

Not only have we been hot (with records set in some cases), we've been quite dry. It was seven days ago today when we recorded just .46" of rainfall. There is a very slight chance for a thundershower today. Today marks day #5 in which we'll climb over 90°.

Cookeville's Daily Almanac
This morning's low: 67.4°
Wednesday's high: 90.6°
Wednesday's low: 66.9°

Last Year: 90° and 63°
Normal High: 81°

Normal Low: 57°
Records: 93° in 1942 and 43° in 1966

24-hour precip total: 0.00 (7 days in a row)

1.98" of rain fell on this date in 1954


June 2, 1998Softball-sized hail is reported at Allons (Overton County). This is the largest known hail ever to fall in Tennessee's history. In a separate incident, lightning strikes a home on Temple Ridge Drive and starts a fire on the roof. The fire then spreads to the attic and walls of the house.

June 2nd

  • 1889 - Major flooding on the Potomac in Washington. A span of the Long Bridge was washed away. Streets near the river flooded. The crest was not equaled again until 1936.

  • 1917 - Tribune KS drops to 30 degrees to establish the state record low temperature for June.

  • 1949 - Tornado describes a circle one mile in radius around the town of Alfalfa OK.

  • 1989 - 120 mph wind gusts at Fitchburg MA produce $5 million in damage.

  • 1990 - Tornado outbreak in Midwest, Great Lakes and Ohio Valley. It was the largest tornado outbreak since the superoutbreak in 1974. 66 tornadoes observed. 7 of the tornadoes were rated F4 on the Fujita scale. Indiana had 37 of the twisters with 8 fatalities.

  • 1994 - A tsunami struck East Java with a maximum wave height of 14 meters. 238 people were killed. More than 4000 people lost their lives due to tsunamis worldwide in the 1990s.

  • 1998 - The strongest tornado in modern Maryland history skipped for 15 miles through the mountainous countryside near Frostburg, destroying at least 30 buildings and damaging 100 others. The F4 storm narrowly missed the city's downtown business district about 945 pm. No deaths or serious injuries were reported in Frostburg, due to ample warnings on television and radio and through emergency sirens. Two people were killed by a tornado in rural northeastern Pennsylvania.

  • 1970 - 5.01 inches of rain fell in 24 hours at Buffalo NY to establish an all-time record for the location.

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