1774: Snow was reported in the Williamsburg Gazette to have fallen in Dumfries, Virginia. George Washington’s weather diary logged at Mount Vernon that it was a cold day with spits of snow and a hard wind from the northwest. Thomas Jefferson near Charlottesville recorded that the Blue Ridge Mountains was covered with snow. The late snow and frost killed most of the fruit crop in the northern part of the state. It also snowed north across Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
1922: The first of two tornadoes that formed over Austin, Texas was called the “western cloud.” It was more visible, but caused much less damage than the “eastern cloud.”
Source: The Portal to Texas History.
OTD in VA weather: 1996
Hefty 4.5″ hail pounds Culpeper Co.; squall line sweeps Hburg & Nova. 89 mph gust measured at North Anna station. pic.twitter.com/5GH1xefJNU
— John Boyer (@boyerweather) May 4, 2017
2007: A devastating EF5 twister demolishes nearly every structure in Greensburg around 9:30 pm (CDT) and kills ten. The mammoth wedge tornado cuts a swath 1.7 miles (2.7 km) wide and 22 miles (35 km) long across the Kansas landscape. It is the worst single tornado to touch down in the US in eight years.
— U.S. Tornadoes (@USTornadoes) May 4, 2017
Source: NWS Office in Dodge City, Kansas.