Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Weather History: April 16: Record Temps, Storms, Snow, Wind & Flooding

Weather History: April 16: Record Temps, Storms, Snow, Wind & Flooding, Listed are Meteorological events that happened on April 16:


Charleston, SC recorded their latest freeze ever with temperature of 32° while 6 inches of snow fell at Wilmington, NC. Snow fell as far south as Milledgeville, GA. A damaging hard freeze occurred from Texas to Georgia devastating the cotton crop.


The famous "Lighthouse Storm" raged near Boston Harbor. Whole gales and gigantic waves destroyed Minot Light with its two keepers still inside. The storm resulted in great shipping losses and coastal erosion.


A tornado near Marshall, MO carried the heavy timbers of an entire home a distance of 12 miles.


The Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927 continued to rage. Tremendous rains all over the Mississippi River Valley during the preceding autumn and winter sent floodwaters raging southward over a wide area. On this date, the government levee at Dorena, MO collapsed. The surge of floodwater continued pushing downriver toward the Mississippi Delta, bursting more levees as it went.


Franklin Falls, NH was buried under 35 inches of snow.


An F4 tornado tracked 40 miles through Franklin, Hart, and Elbert Counties in Georgia and through Anderson and Abbeville Counties in South Carolina. 25 people were killed and 120 injured. Damage totaled $1 million dollars.


Camden Square, London England recorded the United Kingdom's warmest April day on record as the temperature rose to 85°.


A tornado ripped through Watrous, Saskatchewan Canada. A large barn was destroyed trapping 100 pigs within and others scattered by the winds. Five were discovered more than three miles from the barn.


A wind storm struck the Colorado Rockies. Boulder, CO reported wind gusts up to 80 mph. A wind gust of 70 mph was measured at the Stapleton International Airport at Denver CO. The high winds damaged buildings, power & telephone lines and signs. Five people were injured in Denver.


A spring snowstorm moved across northern Illinois with snow falling for three consecutive days. On this date, 5 inches was reported in Chicago with winds gusting to 45 mph that caused drifts up to 10 feet. 5 to 6 inches of snow fell across parts of central and northeast Illinois, with drifts up to 6 feet. Thousands of cars were stranded; the occupants were forced to take shelter overnight in nearby homes, gymnasiums, armories, and roller rinks. At least six deaths were reported.


The flood crest at St. Paul, MN exceeded the previous record by four feet. Record crests occurred downriver all the way to Hannibal, MO. Damage totaled $100 million dollars, but only 12 lives were lost due to timely warnings.


A single storm brought 119 inches of snow to Crater Lake, OR, establishing a state record.


A week long heat wave baked the mid Atlantic and northeast. Washington sweltered under temperatures as warm as the mid 90s from the 16th through the 21st.

A deepening low pressure system moved northward out of Nebraska and across western South Dakota. The storm produced extremely strong winds across eastern South Dakota, southwest Minnesota, and northwest half of Iowa. Winds of 60 to 80 mph were reported across the area with gusts over 90 mph in southwest Minnesota. Some recorded wind speeds included 62 mph at Sioux Falls, 70 mph at Brookings, and 82 mph at Watertown.

During this long day of high winds many buildings were damaged and many roofs were blown off. At the Sioux Falls and Huron airports a couple of planes were overturned. Across southwest Minnesota many trees were uprooted and several trucks were blown off of the highway. Across the area many barns, outbuildings, sheds, and older structures were completely demolished. In two separate incidents in northwest Iowa downed power lines set fire to several barns resulting in the loss of property and livestock.


An interesting oddity occurred near Wichita Falls, TX. A weak tornado not only developed from a weak shower, as no lightning or thunder was noticed, but the tornado then proceeded to move toward the west, though most tornadoes move toward the east. The tornado was accompanied by a loud roar as it moved through largely uninhabited areas just west of Wichita Falls.


A slow moving storm system produced heavy rain over North Carolina and the Mid-Atlantic Coast States. More than 6 inches of rain drenched parts of Virginia, and flooding in Virginia claimed 3 lives. Floodwaters along the James River inundated parts of Richmond, VA.


A storm in the northeastern U.S. produced a foot of snow at Pittsburg, VT.

Severe thunderstorms produced baseball size hail and spawned 5 tornadoes in the Southern Plains Region.


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, MT was just 22°.


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. Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City reported a record wind gust of 92 mph.


Two inches of rain fell in just 45 minutes during a thunderstorm at Winston-Salem, NC.


Pueblo, CO picked up 1.25 inches of rain in just 10 minutes.


An F0 tornado touched down 9 miles west of Fresno, CA. Small hail also fell causing $600,000 in crop damage, mainly to grapes. In the city of Fresno, heavy rain fell stranding motorists. One report had as much as 0.73 inches of rain falling in just 25 minutes.


A tornado moved through Nashville, TN resulting in 1 death, 60 injuries and extensive damage.


High temperature records were shattered in many cities across the East and Midwest as spring turned into summer over much of the United States. This followed on the heels of many records that fell the day before across the Plains and Midwest. The abnormal heat was the result of a jet stream pushed way to the north. In stark contrast, the West had temperatures below normal with snow falling in some of the mountainous regions. Cooke City, MT reported 10 inches while 9 inches fell at Roundup, MT and 8 inches at Billings, MT.


An intense nor'easter raging along the New England Coast caused the barometric pressure reading at Albany, NY to fall to 28.84 inHg, the lowest barometric pressure reading ever recorded in April for that location.

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