The Storm Report Rewind for March 30

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In 1823 – A great Northeast storm with hurricane force winds raged from Pennsylvania to Maine.  The storm was most severe over New Jersey with high tides, uprooted trees, and heavy snow inland.

In 1987 – A storm spread heavy snow across the Ohio Valley and Lower Great Lakes Region. Cleveland, Ohio received sixteen inches of snow in 24 hours, their second highest total of record.  Winds gusting to 50 mph created 8 to 12 foot waves on Lake Huron.  The storm also ushered unseasonably cold air into the south central and southeastern U.S., with nearly one hundred record lows reported in three days.

In 1990 – Low pressure produced heavy snow in central Maine and northern New Hampshire, with up to eight inches reported in Maine.  A slow moving Pacific storm system produced 18 to 36 inches of snow in the southwestern mountains of Colorado in three days.  Heavier snowfall totals included 31 inches at Wolf Creek Pass and 27 inches at the Monarch Ski Area.

The Storm Report Rewind for March 29

heat lightningIn 1935 – A severe dust storm blanketed Amarillo, TX, for 84 hours. During one six hour period the visibility was near zero.

In 1987 – Thunderstorms spawned tornadoes in Mississippi, and produced high winds and heavy rain in Louisiana.  Thunderstorm winds gusted to 92 mph at Houma, Louisiana, and caused a million dollars damage in Terrebonne Parish.  Avondale, Louisiana was hit hard with 4.52 inches of rain.

In 2007 – Eighteen year old Corey Williams was killed by a lightning bolt in Carbondale, Illinois, at the Community High School’s first home track meet of the season.

The Storm Report Rewind for March 28

Fujita Map of March 28th Tornado Outbreak.

Fujita Map of March 28th Tornado Outbreak.

In 1984 – A violent outbreak of tornadoes hit the Carolinas.  Thunderstorms spawned 22 tornadoes during the late afternoon and evening hours which killed 57 people and injured 1248 others.  Nearly half the deaths occurred in mobile homes.  A tornado from near Tatum, South Carolina to southern Cumberland County North Carolina was 2 1/2 miles wide.

In 1987 – A blizzard raged from southern Nebraska to central Iowa.  Snowfall totals ranged up to 17 inches at Blue Hill, Nebraska while winds gusted to 68 miles per hour in Carroll, Iowa.  High winds produced snow drifts twenty feet high in western Iowa, and created wind chill readings as low as 30 degrees below zero in Nebraska.  The snowfall total of 9.4 inches at Omaha, Nebraska was a record for the date.

In 1990 – A storm system brought heavy snow to the west central and southern mountains of Wyoming, and high winds to the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah.  Snowfall totals in Wyoming ranged up to ten inches at the Snowy Ski Range Area, and the storm pushed the snowfall total for the month at Cheyenne above 37 inches, surpassing their previous record for March.

The Storm Report Rewind for March 27

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In 1950 – A three day snowstorm in the High Plains Region finally came to an end.  The storm produced 34 inches of snow in 24 hours at Dumont, located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and a three day total of 50 inches.

In 1987 – The second blizzard in less than a week hit eastern Colorado and western Kansas.  Snowfall totals ranged up to 24 inches at San Isabel, Colorado. Winds gusted to 50 mph at Goodland, Kansas.  The high winds piled snow into massive drifts, closing roads for days and killing thousands of cattle.  Snow drifts thirty feet high were reported in northwest Kansas.

In 1989 – Afternoon and evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in the south central U.S.  Two tornadoes were reported, and there were 77 other reports of large hail and damaging winds.  Baseball size hail was reported at Willow, Oklahoma and Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  Twenty-six cities in the central and eastern U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date, including Yankton, South Dakota with a reading of 84 degrees.

The Storm Report Rewind for March 26

The Great Flood of 1913.

The Great Flood of 1913.

In 1913 – The Ohio River Basin flood reached a peak.1 10 inch rains over a wide area of the Ohio River Basin inundated cities in Ohio, drowning 467 persons, and causing 147 million dollars damage.  The Miami River at Dayton reached a level eight feet higher than ever before.  The flood, caused by warm weather and heavy rains, was the second mostly deadly of record for the nation.

In 1971 – Parts of northern and central Georgia experienced their worst snow and ice storm since 1935. Two day power outages ruined two million eggs at poultry hatches.

In 1990 – Fair weather prevailed across the nation for the second day in a row.  Freezing temperatures were reported in the Middle Atlantic Coast Region in the wake of an early spring snowstorm. Afternoon highs were again in the 70’s and 80’s in the southeastern U.S., and for the ninth day in a row, temperatures in the southwestern U.S. reached the 90’s.

The Storm Report Rewind for March 25

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In 1934 – A spring storm produced 21 inches of snow at Amarillo, Texas in 24 hours.

In 1948 – For the second time in less than a week airplanes were destroyed by a tornado at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma Cit.  A March 20th tornado destroyed fifty planes at Tinker causing more than ten million dollars damage, and the March 25th tornado destroyed another thirty-five planes causing six million dollars damage.  The first twoster struck without warning, and caused more damage than any previous tornado in the state of Oklahoma.

In 1975 – The town of Sandberg reported a wind gust to 101 mph, a record for the state of California.

The Storm Report Rewind for March 24

Snow and BuggyIn 1912 – Residents of Kansas City began to dig out from a storm that produced 25 inches of snow in 24 hours.  The snowfall was nearly twice that of any other storm of modern record in Kansas City before or since that time.  A record 40 inches of snow fell during the month of March that year, and the total for the winter season of 67 inches was also a record. Olathe, Kansas received 37 inches of snow in the snowstorm, establishing a single storm record for the state of Kansas.

In 1988 – Thunderstorms that developed along a cold front produced severe weather from Minnesota to northeastern Texas. The thunderstorms spawned ten tornadoes, including one which injured five  near Raymondville, Missouri.
Im 1989 – Low pressure off the coast of Virginia brought heavy rain to the Middle Atlantic Coast States, and heavy snow to the Northern Appalachians.  Cape Hatteras, North Carolina was soaked with 5.20 inches of rain in 24 hours.

The Storm Report Rewind for March 23

Image of the 1913 Omaha Tornado.

Image of the 1913 Omaha Tornado.

In 1913 – A powerful tornado hit the city of Omaha, Nebraska.  The tornado struck during the late afternoon on Easter Sunday, and in just twelve minutes cut a swath of total destruction five miles long and two blocks wide across the city killing 94  and causing 3.5 million dollars property damage.

In 1987 – A blizzard raged across western Kansas, and the panhandle of Texas and Oklahoma. Pampa, Texas received 21 inches of snow, and winds gusted to 78 mph at Dodge City.

In 2011 – A series of tornadoes are spawned from severe thunderstorms in Pennsylvania. In Hempfield Township dozens of homes and a high school auditorium where students were rehearsing a play were severely damaged.


The Storm Report Rewind for March 22

In 1936 – A great flood crested on rivers from Ohio to Maine.  The flood claimed 107 lives and caused 270 million dollars property damage.

In 1987 – An intense storm produced heavy snow in the southern and central Rockies, and high winds from southern California to West Texas. Wolf Creek Pass Colorado received 24 inches of snow, and winds gusted to 69 mph at Ruidoso, New Mexcio.  Blizzard conditions were reported in eastern Colorado.

In 1990 – A surge of arctic air kept temperatures in the teens and 20s during the day in the north central U.S., and heavy snow fell over parts of Montana.  Record warmth was reported in the western U.S., and in Alaska.

The Storm Report Rewind for March 21

Damage from the March 21, 1932 tornadoes.

Damage from the March 21, 1932 tornadoes.

In 1932 – A tornado outbreak occurred in the Deep South.  Between late afternoon and early the next morning severe thunderstorms spawned 31 tornadoes in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee.  The tornadoes killed 334 persons and injured 1784 others.  Northern Alabama was hardest hit.  Tornadoes in Alabama killed 286 and caused five million dollars damage.

In 1989 – Snow blanketed the northeastern U.S. early in the day, with six inches reported at Rutland, Vermont.  Morning and afternoon thunderstorms produced large hail and damaging winds from southwestern Mississippi to southwest Georgia.

In 1990 – The first full day of spring was a cold one for the eastern U.S. Freezing temperatures damaged 62 percent of the peach crop in upstate South Carolina, and 72 percent of the peach crop in the ridge area of South Carolina.