The Burlington Tornado was said to have crossed all of Ohio. It smashed the small log cabin settlement of Burlington, which is 23 miles northeast of Columbus, Ohio.
An F4 tornado tracked 20 miles through Kenosha and Racine Counties in Wisconsin. 8 people were killed and 85 were injured. The tornado made a spectacular exit as a multiple vortex waterspout over lake Michigan and was described as: "whirling columns of air seemed like great wreaths of smoke, bearing with them spiral columns of water...a half dozen could be seen at a time, then all would disappear and new ones would reform".
An F4 tornado struck the town of Goliad, Texas, killing 114 people. No U.S. tornado disaster of similar magnitude has ever occurred further south than this event.
Salt Lake City, Utah received an inch of snow. It marked their latest measurable snowfall of record.
Mount St. Helens in Washington erupted, ejecting smoke and ash to a height of 63,000 feet. The smoke plume rose to a height of 80,000 feet. The earth was covered with heavy ash to the immediate northeast and visibility was reduced to under 1 mile for a downwind distance of 400 miles. 5 deaths were caused and over 2000 people were evacuated due to mudslides and flooding when the snowpack melted. The cloud reached the East Coast in 3 days and circled the world in 19 days.
At Newark, New Jersey, the barometric pressure fell to 29.23 inches of mercury to establish an all-time record low reading for the month of May.
Thunderstorms produced severe weather in the central U.S., spawning a total of 16 tornadoes, including a dozen in Nebraska. Thunderstorms also produced hail 4 inches in diameter at Perryton, Texas, wind gusts to 84 mph at Ellis, Kansas, and high winds which caused nearly 2 million dollars damage in Sutherland, Nebraska. Thunderstorms deluged Sioux City, Iowa with 8 inches of rain resulting in a record flood crest on Perry Creek and at least 4.5 million dollars damage.
Severe thunderstorms spawned 86 tornadoes over the Mississippi and Ohio valleys, resulting in 4 deaths and 161 injuries. 5 of the tornadoes were rated F4 on the Fujita scale.
A late season snow occurred over the Northeast. Prattsville, New York recorded 8 inches. 2.2 inches fell at Albany, New York for its latest measurable snowfall on record.