The Storm Report Rewind for April 19

In 1973 – Glenrock, Wyoming, received 41 inches of snow in just 24 hours, and a storm total of 58 inches to establish two state records.

In 1988 – Severe thunderstorms over the southeastern U.S. early in the day spawned a strong (F-3) tornado which destroyed seventeen homes and severely damaged thirty houses near Madison, Florida.   Four people were killed; 18 others injured.

In 1996 – One of the most memorable tornado outbreaks in Illinois history occurred on April 19, 1996.  33 tornadoes were reported as supercells moved across the state during the afternoon and evening hours.  Winds in excess of 170 mph were associated with some of the stronger tornadoes, one of which ripped through nearby Ogden, Illinois.  Video from YouTube – Legend813a

The Storm Report Rewind for April 18

556040_10151539902913874_668544454_nIn 1944 – California experienced its worst hailstorm of record.  Damage estimates climbed as high as two million dollars as two consecutive storms devastated the Sacramento Valley destroying the fruit crop.

In 1970 – Rapid City, South Dakota, received a record 22 inches of snow in 24 hours.

In 1988 – Afternoon and evening thunderstorms produced large hail and damaging winds in the southeastern U.S. An F-2  tornado severely damaged seventeen mobile homes near Bainbridge, Georgia  injuring three.


The Storm Report Rewind for April 17

tornadodamage1922In 1922 – At least six tornadoes caused death and destruction along parts of a 210 mile path from north of Ogden, Illinois,  to Allen County Ohio, killing sixteen. A post card, picked up in Madison County Indiana, was found 124 miles away near Mount Cory Ohio.

In 1953 – One of the few severe hailstorms accompanied by snow, sleet, glaze, and rain, pelted parts of Kay, Osage, Creek, Tulsa, Washington, and Rogers Counties in northeastern Oklahoma.  Nearly 10,000 insurance claims were filed.

In 1988 –  Heavy snow blanketed northern Arizona.  Snowfall totals ranged up to 16 inches at Pinetop, with 10 inches reported at Flagstaff.

The Storm Report Rewind for April 16

article-new_ds-photo_getty_article_211_147_160816207_XSIn 1851 – The famous “Lighthouse Storm” raged near Boston Harbor.  Gigantic waves destroyed Minot Light with its two keepers still inside.  The storm resulted in great shipping losses and coastal erosion.

In 1989 – A cold front, ushering sharply colder air into the north central U.S., brought snow to parts of Montana and North Dakota.  At midday the temperature at Cutbank, Montana, was just 22 degrees.

In 1990 – Thunderstorms developing along a stationary front produced large hail and damaging winds across Oklahoma, with 99 reports of large hail and damaging winds during the evening and early nighttime hours.  Thunderstorms produced baseball size hail south of Carney, and wind gusts to 100 mph in the Oklahoma City area which swept away many Federal tax returns being transported from a mail cart to a waiting truck about the time of the midnight deadline.

The Storm Report Rewind for April 15

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In 1949 – A hailstone five inches by five and a half inches in size, and weighing four pounds, was measured at Troy, New York.

In 958 – A tornado 300 yards in width skipped along a five mile path near Frostproof , Florida.   A 2500 gallon water tank was found one mile from its original position.

In 1990 – Thunderstorms developing along a stationary front produced severe weather from west central Texas to west central Arkansas during the late afternoon and evening.  Storms also spawned a tornado which caused more than half a million dollars damage at Fort Stockton, Texas.


The Storm Report Rewind for April 14

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In 1873 – A famous Easter blizzard raged across Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota.  Gale force winds blew the wet snow into massive drifts, however there were few deaths due to the sparse population and due to the gradual increase of the storm.

In 1989 – Late afternoon thunderstorms in northern Florida soaked the town of Golden Gate with 4.37 inches of rain in about two hours, resulting in local flooding.

In 1990 – Thunderstorms developing along a cold front produced severe weather in southeastern Texas during the mid morning hours.  Dime size hail fell at Galveston, and wind gusts to 59 mph at Port Arthur.

The Storm Report Rewind for April 13

In 1986 – A major spring storm quickly intensified bringing blizzard conditions to much of the Northern Plains Region.  Up to 18 inches of snow was reported in North Dakota, and in South Dakota, winds gusted to 90 mph whipping the snow into drifts fifteen feet high.  Livestock losses were in the millions of dollars, and for some areas it was the worst blizzard ever.

In 1989 – Thunderstorms in central Florida produced golf ball size hail and a tornado near Lakeland, Florida.

In 2006 – The University of Iowa campus was hit by an F-2 tornado.  The storm severely damaged many buildings in the area, including a sorority and a local church.  No fatalities were reported in the storm that caused more than $12 million in damage.

The Storm Report Rewind for April 12

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In 1927 – A tornado wiped out the town of Rock Springs, Texas, killing 72 and causing 1.2 million dollars damage. The tornado, more than one mile in width, destroyed 235 of 247 buildings, leaving no trace of lumber or contents in many cases. Many survivors were bruised by large hail which fell after the passage of the tornado.

In 1987 – A cold front crossed the central U.S. producing heavy snow in the Central Rockies, and severe thunderstorms over Kansas and Oklahoma. Snowfall totals ranged up to 16 inches at Red Mountain Pass Colorado.

In 2010 – One-inch diamemter hail fell in Fresno, California. Two condominiums were destroyed by thunderstorms in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Up to three funnel clouds were also spotted in the region.

The Storm Report Rewind for April 11

In 1965 – Severe thunderstorms in the Upper Midwest spawned fifty-one tornadoes killing 256  and causing more than 200 million dollars damage.  Indiana, Ohio and Michigan were hardest hit in the “Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak”.  Video courtesy of YouTube – visualarchivist

In 1987 – Ten days of flooding in the northeastern U.S. finally came to an end. Damage from flooding due to rain and snow melt ran into the billions of dollars. The collapse of the New York State Thruway Bridge over Schoharie Creek claimed ten lives.

In 1989 – Forty-four cities in the south central and eastern U.S. reported new record low temperatures for the date. Lows of 25 degrees at Conway AR, 29 degrees at Dallas/Fort Worth TX, and 22 degrees at Ozark AR, were April records.

The Storm Report Rewind for April 10

imagesIn 1935 – Severe dust storms across Iowa and Kansas closed schools and highways.  Dodge City experienced its worst dust storm of record, with dense dust reported from the morning of the 9th until after sunset on the 11th.  The sky was almost as dark as night at times during the daylight hours.  The thick dust suspended traffic on highways and railroads, and also suspended most business in town.

In 1989 – Strong northerly winds, gusting to 53 mph at Albuquerque, New Mexico, ushered cold arctic air into the south central U.S.  The temperature at Albuquerque plunged from 82 degrees to 29 degrees overnight.

In 2005 – Heavy snow hammered the Colorado Rockies on April 10-11, with up to 30 inches of snow in the mountains around Denver.  In the Denver metro area, 10-15 inches of snow accumulated.