WX History: May 14th

1923: An early morning violent estimated F5 tornado cut a 45-mile path of destruction through Howard and Mitchell counties in Texas. 23 people lost their lives and 250 sustained injuries. The path width of the tornado reached 1.5 miles at one point, and entire farms were “wiped off the face of the earth.”  The First Baptist Church in Colorado City, Texas became an emergency hospital for tornado victims.

May 14, 1923 Colorado Texas (3)
Historical marker for the First Baptist Church in Colorado City, Texas.

 

May 14, 1923 Colorado Texas Newspaper
The newspaper clipping above is courtesy of the Madera Tribune.

 

Source: California Digital Newspaper Collection.

1990: Thunderstorms developed ahead of a cold front produced severe weather from northwest Texas to western Missouri. Severe thunderstorms spawned seventeen tornadoes including nine in Texas. Four tornadoes in Texas injured a total of nine persons. Thunderstorms in Texas also produced hail four inches in diameter at Shamrock and hail four and a half inches in diameter near Guthrie. Thunderstorms over northeastern Kansas produced more than seven inches of rain in Chautauqua County between 9 PM and midnight.

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