WX History: May 4th

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.”

May 4, 1922 Austin Texas Tornado 3
The image above is courtesy of the Austin Public Library. This storm produced the only major tornado in Austin’s history. The tornadoes on May 4th killed 13 and injured 14 others.
May 4, 1922 Austin Texas Tornado
This tornado was seen from the rooftop on downtown Congress Avenue.

Source: The Portal to Texas History.


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.

May 4, 2007 Greensburg Kansas Tornado Damage
Greensburg, Kansas on May 16, 2007. The center of town 12 days after an EF5 tornado hit with 200 mph winds. The photo is courtesy of Greg Henshall from FEMA.

Source: NWS Office in Dodge City, Kansas.


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