Eastern ND and Northwest MN Weather History

The Weather History for the Month of May

5/1/1890
14 degrees in Fargo. Record low for month.
5/2
5/2/1935
5.1 inches of snow in Fargo daily record for May.
5/3
At the Grand Forks International airport, a record high of 93 occurred in 1952, and record low of 5 in 1967, record precipitation was 0.96 in 1991. At Fargo, a record high of 92 occurred in 1952 and record low of 18 in 1926, 1.24 inches of precipitation in 1905.
5/4/1977
4.02 inches of rain in Fargo. Daily record for month.
5/5/1964
Richland/Wilkin/Ottertail counties. Possibly same supercell moving NE from Richland/Wilkin into Ottertail from Fairmount to Doran to Lake Lida in Ottertail. ND/MN. 21 miles long in ND into MN, 3 miles long in Ottertail county. F3 (25 injuries)
5/6/2007
Significant rain fell over the southern Red River valley, with Ransom and Sargent counties receiving 3-6 inches of rain, Aberdeen had nearly 8 inches of rain. About 2 inches fell in Grand Forks, with not much rain at all in our far northeast CWA. This rain was courtesy of a large low pressure system that slowly moved into the central plains. An F5 tornado was produced on May 4 in Kansas, the first F5 since May 3, 1999 from this regime.
5/7
At the Grand Forks International airport, a record high of 88 occurred in 1953, and record low of 18 in 1976, record precipitation was 0.58 in 1997. At Fargo, a record high of 91 occurred in 1992 and record low of 21 in 1885, 1.05 inches of precipitation in 2010.
5/8/2005
2NW Walum Griggs county. A tornado touched down northwest of Walum and moved northwest across a swamp and an open field. It then crossed a county road and passed through a shelterbelt. Trees up to four feet in diameter were blown down or snapped off. F1.
5/9/1999
Lightning ignited a blaze that destroyed a garage and damaged a home near Fergus Falls.
5/10/1982
Traverse/Grant county. Moved E/NE 6W of Tintah to north of Wendell. Dozen buildings destroyed 50 cows killed near Tintah. (15mile, 80yd wide, track F3)
5/11
At the Grand Forks International airport, a record high of 88 occurred in 1977, and record low of 20 in 1946, record precipitation was 1.38 in 2004. At Fargo, a record high of 93 occurred in 1906 and record low of 19 in 1946, 1.69 inches of precipitation in 1944.
5/12/2002
Hail covered the grass in Argyle, MN.
5/13
At the Grand Forks International airport, a record high of 93 occurred in 1977, and record low of 25 in 1945, record precipitation was 0.41 in 1972. At Fargo, a record high of 95 occurred in 1894 and record low of 20 in 1888, 1.38 inches of precipitation in 1908.
5/14/1998
Lightning struck a church in Angus, MN igniting a fire that totally destroyed the house of worship. Estimated losses of $200,000. High wind blew over a semi 15 miles southeast of Moorhead, inflicting a broken collar bone on one occupant.
5/15/1998
Numerous sheds were destroyed and roofs blown free of houses from Clay to Mahnomen, Polk and Beltrami counties. Mighty winds downed power lines in Grygla (Marshall County) MN.
5/16/1996
First summer-like weather event of season. Hail and wind damage during the evening across parts of North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota. One inch hail reported through Polk county
5/17/1996
A derecho formed in West Central Minnesota during the evening which rapidly moved to NW MN. A pontoon boat was blown off Pelican Lake onto cabins along the shore; damaging winds downed trees in Rothsay, blowing over cabins and garages.
5/18/2004
Binford, Griggs counties and Leroy, Pembina counties at 6:20 p.m. Tor outbreak northern CWA. - A pole barn was blown into some trees, a machine shed was demolished, and major tree damage occurred with this tornado. Members of a family were in a farm yard watching this tornado develop, and rushed to their basement just before the tornado hit. Four trailer homes were blown over and a repair shop had extensive roof damage. Trees and power lines were blown down, interrupting electrical service. Two houses were also damaged. Most people in the trailer homes drove away prior to the tornado, having been alerted to the impending danger. F2 and F3
5/19/2004
Binford, Griggs counties and Leroy, Pembina counties at 6:20 p.m. Tor outbreak northern CWA. - A pole barn was blown into some trees, a machine shed was demolished, and major tree damage occurred with this tornado. Members of a family were in a farm yard watching this tornado develop, and rushed to their basement just before the tornado hit. Four trailer homes were blown over and a repair shop had extensive roof damage. Trees and power lines were blown down, interrupting electrical service. Two houses were also damaged. Most people in the trailer homes drove away prior to the tornado, having been alerted to the impending danger. F2 and F3
5/20/2005
S Grand Forks. 4:55 p.m. 3/75 A tornado touched down on the south end of Grand Forks, traveling along county road 17 from one-half mile west of Interstate 29 to near county road 81. Trees were torn down on the north side of county road 17 near the intersection of Columbia Road. The tornado weakened as it crossed county road 17 off the south edge of Kings Walk golf course. A dust plume generated by the tornado pushed north across open fields and the golf course into housing and shopping areas in south Grand Forks. Top wind speeds were estimated to be around 75 mph. F1
5/21
At the Grand Forks International airport, a record high of 101 occurred in 1964, and record low of 27 in 2008, record precipitation was 1.21 in 1992. At Fargo, a record high of 98 occurred in 1964 and record low of 25 in 1963, 1.06 inches of precipitation in 1905.
5/22/2003
2 to 3 inch deep hail ESE of Hubbard and E of Urbank, MN
5/23
At the Grand Forks International airport, a record high of 93 occurred in 1980, and record low of 29 in 2002, record precipitation was 1.34 in 1991. At Fargo, a record high of 92 occurred in 1928 and record low of 31 in 1924, 1.50 inches of precipitation in 1962.
5/24/2010
Flooding rains over northwest Minnesota and portions of eastern North Dakota. Steele county, northwest Cass county and northeast Barnes county were hit hard. The area from eastern Red Lake, Marshall county also received from 3-6 inches of rain. There was some severe hail and high winds as well.
5/25
At the Grand Forks International airport, a record high of 90 occurred in 1978, and record low of 30 in 2007, record precipitation was 0.62 in 2007. At Fargo, a record high of 92 occurred in 1959 and record low of 30 in 1983, 1.28 inches of precipitation in 1906.
5/26/2007
Heavy rain event over DVL basin into the north Valley. Some snow even mixed in over the far NW near Leeds, ND during the early morning hours of May 26. A strong upper low induced low pressure to move slowly from SE ND into NW MN through Fri night into Sat (5/26).
5/27/1931
Clay/Norman counties. Moved NNE from near Rustad and derailed a train near Sabin. Foundation blocks killed one man, most likely an F4 but listed F3 in Grazulis. F4 (2 killed, 57 injured. 400yd wide, 40m track)
5/28/2007
Some severe weather with a downburst in Kittson county. The area did receive rain, and as of May 30, GFK is about 2.5 inches above normal for the month this year.
5/29/1909
Tornado in Cavalier county, moved NW near Langdon. 17 homes and 40 other buildings destroyed in Langdon. Two other F3s occurred in Richland and Stutsman counties that day. F3/F4 (5 deaths, 30 injured 100yd wide and 7mi PL)
5/30/1929
Tornado in Nelson/Ramsey counties. Moved NW from 10S of Lakota to SE of Bartlett. F2/F3 (12 mi PL)
5/31/1949
Cass county F3 tornado with 1 mile path length.

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