This Day in Weather History: May 18th

A tornado in Goliad kills 114 and Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington

It was on this day that two weather history events occurred: the Goliad tornado and the eruption of Mt. St. Helens

It was on this day in 1902 that one of Texas’s deadliest tornadoes touched down in Goliad (it is tied with the Waco tornado of 1953). The F4 twister killed 114 and caused widespread damage. In 1980, Mount St. Helens also erupted on this date. The volcanic explosion was the largest in United States history and killed 57 people.


About the Author:

Justin Horne is a meteorologist and reporter for KSAT 12 News. When severe weather rolls through, Justin will hop in the KSAT 12 Storm Chaser to safely bring you the latest weather conditions from across South Texas. On top of delivering an accurate forecast, Justin often reports on one of his favorite topics: Texas history.