The Storm Report Rewind for April 29

Tornado image courtesy of Facebook.

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In 1910 – The temperature at Kansas City, Missouri, soared to 95 degrees to establish a record for the month of April.  Four days earlier the afternoon high in Kansas City was 44 degrees, following a record cold morning low of 34 degrees.

In 1963 – A tornado, as much as 100 yards in width, touched down south of Shannon, Mississippi. The tornado destroyed twenty-seven homes along its eighteen mile path, killing three.  Asphalt was torn from Highway 45 and thrown hundreds of yards away.  Little rain or snow accompanied the twister, so it was visible for miles.

In 1989 – Thunderstorms produced severe weather in Arkansas, Louisiana and eastern Texas, with more than 70 reports of large hail and damaging winds.  Softball size hail was reported at Palestine Texas.

The Storm Report Rewind for April 28

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Image courtesy of NSSL.

In 1921 – A severe hailstorm in Anson County, North Carolina produced hail the size of baseballs. Gardens, grain fields and trees were destroyed.  Pine trees in the storm’s path had to be cut for lumber because of the hail damage.

In 1989 – Strong northerly winds and heavy snow ushered cold air into the north central U.S.  Snowfall totals in Montana ranged up to 20 inches at Miles City.

In 1990 – Thunderstorms produced severe weather in the southeastern U.S. during the day. Severe thunderstorms spawned four tornadoes, including one which injured four persons at Inman South Carolina.  There were also more than one hundred reports of large hail and damaging winds, with better than half of those reports in Georgia.

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In 1899 – A tornado struck Kirksville, Missouri, killing 34 and destroying 300 buildings.

In 1942 – A destructive tornado swept across Rogers County and Mayes County in Oklahoma.  The tornado struck the town of Pryor killing 52 persons and causing two million dollars damage.

In 2011 – An estimated 305 tornadoes between the 27th and 28th sets a record for the largest outbreak ever recorded, including two EF-5s, four EF-4’s and 21 EF-3’s.  Arkansas through Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, southern Tennessee, Virginia to Pennsylvania and New York were all affected.  An estimated 300 died including 210 in Alabama alone.  This brought the April total past 600, the most in any month in recorded US weather history.  Video courtesy of YouTube – tornadovideosdotnet

The Storm Report Rewind for April 26

thIn 1834 – Killer frosts were reported in the Deep South.  The frost was quite severe around Huntsville Alabama, and highlighted a backward spring in the South that year.

In 1991 – Over 50 tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa.  5 violent tornadoes occurred in Kansas and Oklahoma.  The deadliest tornado occurred in the Wichita, Kansas area when an F5 tornado moved through the southern and eastern portions of the city including McConnell Air Force Base and the town of Andover.  Video courtesy of YouTube – HurricaneJon8311

In 2003 – Twenty inches of snow falls in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Alpine Meadows ski resort just north of Lake Tahoe reports more than 100 inches and Kirkwood south of Tahoe reports 112 inches.


The Storm Report Rewind for April 25

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In 1984 – A late season snowstorm struck the Northern Rockies and the Northern Plains.  The storm produced unusually high snowfall totals. The town of Lead, located in the Black Hills of western South Dakota, was buried under 67 inches of snow.  Red Lodge, located in the mountains of southern Montana, reported 72 inches of snow.  Up to 60 inches blanketed the mountains of northern Wyoming. It was rated the worst late season storm of record for much of the affected area.

In 1988 – Thunderstorms racing at 65 mph produced large hail in Alabama and Georgia.  Hail damage in Alabama was estimated at fifty million dollars, making it their worst weather disaster since Hurricane Frederick in 1979.  Hail three inches in diameter accompanied a tornado near Valdosta, Georgia.

In 2008 – Anchorage, Alaska, receives a record 17.2 inches at the airport and 22 inches in northeast Anchorage from the 25th to 26th.  The 15.5 inches on the 25th makes it the third most received on any one day in Anchorage.

The Storm Report Rewind for April 24

In 1908 – Severe thunderstorms spawned eighteen tornadoes over across the Central Gulf Coast States claiming the lives of 310 persons.  The state of Mississippi was hardest hit.  A tornado near Hattiesburg Mississippi, killed 143 persons and caused more than half a million dollars damage.  Four violent tornadoes accounted for 279 of the 310 deaths.  The deadliest of the four tornadoes swelled to a width of 2.5 miles as it passed near Amite, Louisiana.

In 1989 – Twenty cities in the central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date.  Russell, Kansas, was the hot spot in the nation with a reading of 101 degrees.  Evening thunderstorms produced severe weather from Colorado to Wisconsin.  Hail four and a half inches in diameter was reported at Sargeant, Nebraska.

In 2010 – An EF-4 tornado up to 1.75 miles wide travels 149 miles through Mississippi, the widest and fourth longest path in Mississippi history.  It left behind major destruction to businesses, churches and homes, four fatalities in Yazoo City and ten fatalities across the state.  Video Courtesy of YouTube – TornadoVideosdotnet

The Storm Report Rewind for April 23

high thermometerIn 1910 – The temperature at the Civic Center in Los Angeles, California hit 100 degrees to establish an April record for the city.

In 1983 – A mini-blizzard produced sixteen inches of snow at Laramie, Wyoming, including a foot of snow in just eight hours during the night.

In 1989 – Salina, Kansas,  was the hot spot in the nation with a high of 105 degrees.  The high of 105 degrees established an April record for the state of Kansas.

The Storm Report Rewind for April 22

In 1988 – Heavy snow fell over northern Nebraska, with 15 inches reported at Mullen.  Heavy snow also blanketed the mountains of northern Arizona, with 16 inches reported at Munds Park.

In 1989 – Twenty-seven cities in the central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. The high of 96 degrees at Omaha was an April record, and the high of 100 degrees at Lubbock, Texas  equaled their record for April.  Hill City, Kansas  and Liberal, Kansas, tied for honors as the hot spot in the nation with afternoon highs of 103 degrees.

In 2011 – Lambert International Airport in St. Louis experienced extensive damage as it was hit by a group of tornadoes, blowing out windows in the main terminal and tearing the roof off Concourse C.  Five people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries from shattered glass and flying debris.  Video from Youtube – ontime2k

The Storm Report Rewind for April 21

In 1958 – Portions of Montana were in the midst of a spring snowburst.  Snowfall amounts ranged up to 55 inches at Red Lodge, 61 inches at Nye Mine, and 72 inches at Mystic Lake.

In 1967 – Severe thunderstorms spawned 48 tornadoes in the Upper Midwest.  Hardest hit was northern Illinois where sixteen tornadoes touched down during the afternoon and evening hours causing fifty million dollars damage.  On that Friday afternoon tornadoes struck Belvidere Illinois, and the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn, killing 57.  Video below from Youtube – Bananercream

In 1990 – Afternoon and evening thunderstorms produced golf ball size hail in Oklahoma, and also caused some flash flooding in the state. Thunderstorms over the Southern High Plains produced golf ball size hail at Roswell, New Mexico  and El Paso, Texas.

The Storm Report Rewind for April 20

Esso Greensboro

Esso Greensboro

In 1952 – The tankers Esso Suez and Esso Greensboro crashed in a thick fog off the coast of Morgan City, Louisiana.  Only five of the Greensboro’s crew survived after the ship burst into flames.

In 1988 – A storm in the western U.S. brought heavy rain to parts of California. Mount Wilson was soaked with 4.15 inches of rain in 24 hours.

2006 – Up to five feet of snow falls in the Dakotas. I-94 and other highways were closed, power was out for thousands and caused at least four deaths.