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.

The Storm Report Rewind for April 9

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In 1947 - A tornado struck Woodward, Oklahoma, during the late evening killing 95 and causing six million dollars damage.  The tornado, one to two miles in width, and traveling at a speed of 68 mph, killed a total of 167 along its 221 mile path from Texas into Kansas, injured 980 others, and caused nearly ten million dollars damage.

In 1988 - Residents of Sioux City, Iowa, awoke to find two inches of snow on the ground following a record high temperature of 88 degrees the previous afternoon.

In 2011 - An EF-3 tornado hit Mapleton, Iowa.  Officials estimated more than half the town was damaged or destroyed but none of the 1200 residents were killed.  31 tornadoes were confirmed across Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina.

The Storm Report Rewind for April 8

Apple orchards were damaged from a freeze on April 8, 1990.

Apple orchards were damaged from a freeze on April 8, 1990.

In 1973 - A severe storm brought high winds and heavy snow to Iowa.  Belle Plain received 20 inches of snow, and 19 inches blanketed Dubuque.  That resulted in record totals for both locations for so late in the season.  Snow drifts up to sixteen feet high closed highways.

In 1988 - Strong northerly winds ushered cold air into the north central U.S.  The strong winds, gusting to 60 miles per hour at Rapid City, South Dakota and Williston North Dakota, reduced visibilities in blowing dust over the Dakotas.

In 1990 - Twenty-two cities reported record low temperatures for the date as readings dipped into the 20s and 30s across much of the eastern U.S. Freezing temperatures severely damaged peach and apple orchards in West Virginia, where prolonged mild weather since January had caused an early blooming of spring vegetation.  State and Federal agencies estimated a 50 percent loss in production for peaches and “Delicious Red Apples”.

The Storm Report Rewind for April 7

This image of the Dust Bowl Era was taken in Dodge City, Kansas in 1935.

This image of the Dust Bowl Era was taken in Dodge City, Kansas in 1935.

In 1935 - Amarillo, Texas, reported dust obscuring visibility for twenty hours.  Blowing dust was reported twenty-seven of thirty days in the month. On several days the visibility was reduced to near zero.

In 1990 - Low pressure brought strong winds to the Alaska peninsula and the Aleutian Islands. Winds gusted to 68 mph at Port Heiden two days in a row. Unseasonably warm weather prevailed across central Alaska.  Yakutat reported a record high of 54 degrees. Unseasonably cold weather prevailed over central sections of the Lower Forty-eight states.  A dozen cities from Kansas to Indiana and Alabama reported record low temperatures for the date.

In 2010 - A temperature of 80 degrees is measured on Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina, the warmest ever measured in April and three degrees short of the all-time record high for any month.

The Storm Report Rewind for April 6

April 6, 1936 Tornado Outbreak

April 6, 1936 Tornado Outbreak

In 1936 - A tornado outbreak in the Deep South resulted in a total of 446 deaths and eighteen million dollars damage.  It was a “Tale of Two Cities”. During the evening of the 5th a tornado hit Tupelo, Mississippi, killing 216 persons, injuring 700 others, and causing three million dollars damage. The next morning the paths of two tornadoes met about 8:30 AM and cut a swath four blocks wide through Gainesville, Georgia, killing 203 persons, injuring 934, and causing thirteen million dollars damage.  Eight to ten feet of debris filled the streets following the storm.  At least 70 persons died in the Cooper Pants Factory, the greatest tornado toll of record for a single building.

In 1983 - The temperature at Denver, Colorado, dipped to a record cold seven degrees above zero.

In 2005 - Thunderstorms erupted and produced severe weather including 32 reports of tornadoes, most of which touched down in Mississippi and Louisiana.  Between 20 and 25 homes were destroyed and 7 people were injured.  Mississippi governor Haley Barbour declared a state of emergency.