Saturday, 13 April 2013

Weather History: April 13: Record Temps, Storms, Snow, Wind & Flooding

Weather History: April 13: Record Temps, Storms, Snow, Wind & Flooding, Listed are Meteorological events that happened on April 13:


Parts of Alabama received a surprise 4-inch snowfall in a late season storm.


New York City, NY picked up ten inches of snow during a spring storm.


The second coastal storm in just three days hit Virginia and the Carolinas. The first storm flattened the sand dunes at Hatteras, and widened the Oregon inlet ¾ of a mile. The second storm produced hurricane force winds along the coast of North Carolina causing more beach erosion and land transformation.


An unusual snow was recorded in Sacramento and Cape Medicino, CA


Axis, AL recorded 20.33 inches of rain to set the 24-hour rainfall record for Alabama.


Strong storm winds; officially a tornado hit Chula Vista, CA. Roof damage was done to 60 homes and extensively to a school. Two were injured by flying glass. Trees were uprooted, TV antennas were toppled and more than 300 windows were shattered. Ten fish were sucked out of San Diego Bay and deposited on the ground.

At higher elevations, the storm brought one foot of snow to Mt. Laguna, at least six inches at Palomar Mountain, and 1.5 inches at Julian.


A two-day period of severe thunderstorms and heavy rain across Oklahoma ended on this date. This allowed residents along Okmulgee Creek to return home after 4 to 8 inches of rain in east central Oklahoma, forced the creek out of its banks. From the night of the 11th, through the morning of the 13th, tornadoes struck Geary and Walters, as well as in rural areas east of Ponca City, and over McCurtain County. Damage was minor, and only one injury was reported. Thunderstorm winds caused additional damage in a swath from Elk City and Sayre, northeast to Fairview, Helena, and Enid. Unlike many southern Plains severe weather outbreaks, no hail was reported with any of these storms. All of the damage was due to winds or flooding.


On this date through the 14th, a windstorm struck parts of the Colorado Rockies. Sustained winds of 50 mph with a gust to 102 mph were recorded at the National Center for Atmospheric Research while winds peaked to 73 mph at Boulder, CO. The winds damaged a building under construction and some homes in south Boulder.


The east coast was under an April heat wave that saw record high temperatures set; including Washington, D.C. with 90°.


A major spring storm quickly intensified bringing blizzard conditions to nearly all of South Dakota as well as portions of northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota. Up to 18 inches of snow was reported in parts of the Dakotas, and in South Dakota, winds gusting to 90 mph whipped the snow into drifts 15 feet high closing much of Interstate 90. The storm also took down over 100 power poles in the west and resulted in the loss of livestock in central SD. Livestock losses of up to 35% in some herds was reported with a price tag of several million dollars. Many people in central South Dakota thought it was the worst blizzard that they had ever experienced.

Further south, strong winds howled across northern Colorado. Winds gusted to 60 mph across the Denver metro area. Boulder reported a peak gust to 79 mph. Power outages and some structural damage resulted.


Thunderstorms in northern Texas produced wind gusts to 98 mph at the Killeen Airport causing a million dollars property damage. Two airplanes were totally destroyed by the high winds, and ten others were damaged.


Low pressure off the Atlantic coast produced high winds across North Carolina, with gusts to 78 mph reported at the town of Waves on the Outer Banks. The high winds combined with high tides to cause coastal flooding and erosion. About 275 feet of land was eroded from the northern tip of Pea Island.


Thunderstorms in central Florida produced golf ball size hail and a tornado near Lakeland, FL. Fair and mild weather prevailed across most of the rest of the nation.


Thunderstorms developing along a cold front produced severe weather in central Oklahoma and north central Texas. Thunderstorms in Oklahoma produced up to 6 inches of golf ball size hail along I-40 near El Reno, and produced wind gusts to 75 mph at Okarche. Thunderstorms over north central Texas produced softball size hail northwest of Rotan, and high winds which injured two persons southeast of Itasca.


Snow totals from a spring storm in the northern Rockies beginning on the 10th concluding on this date included Mystic Lake: 60 inches, Red Lodge: 53 inches, Burgess Junction: 48 inches, Sheridan: 26 inches, Pryor: 24 inches, Billings: 23 inches, Joliet: 18 inches, Columbus: 16 inches and Livingston/Broadus: 10 inches.


A potent spring storm struck parts of the central Rockies. Cold temperatures, heavy snow and winds 25 to 50 mph created blizzard conditions. The strong winds whipped the snow in drifts 3 to 4 feet. Downed power lines, traffic accidents and road closures resulted. Strasburg, CO reported 15 inches.

Across the northern Plains, the worst of the weather occurred in the Sioux City, IA area, where 1 to 3 inches of snow and howling winds up to 60 miles an hour brought low visibilities and near blizzard conditions. The strong winds caused the roof of one business to be torn off the building.


A two mile wide area of wind-driven hail pounded residences and farm equipment for about a 5 mile stretch at least as far as State Highway 158 in west Texas near Midland/Odessa. Hail grew up to about golf ball size and winds peaked at approximately 80 mph. The wind-driven hail roke windows in houses and blasted paint off the wooden siding. The strong winds took roofs off several mobile homes and at least one single-family house. Utility crews stated that a total of 27 poles were downed by the winds. The American Red Cross determined that 324 units were affected with 18 mobile homes and 4 houses destroyed. About 50-60 families were at least temporarily displaced.


N’Guigmi, Niger recorded a temperature of 110° shortly after 12pm local time.


The dust cloud from a huge dust storm over southern and central Mongolia earlier in the month from the 3rd through the 6th, settled across parts of the Colorado Rockies on this date through the 17th. The cloud created widespread haze; giving the sky a milkfish cast due to the scattering of incoming solar radiation.


A record warm day in southern Manitoba, Canada saw several daily temperature records set. Gretna boasted the hotspot reaching 81° and the town of Sprague just behind at 80°.


A late-season storm surprised Western Kentucky and Tennessee with snow causing six traffic fatalities. In Jackson, TN, it is the latest measurable snowfall on record.


An F2 tornado, one of a dozen across parts of Iowa on this day, tore through Iowa City, IA including the University of Iowa campus. The storm severely damaged many buildings including a sorority and local church during a pre-Easter service. However, though preliminary damage estimates exceed $12 million dollars, no one was killed in the city.

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