April 2 Weather History

...1837... A heavy April snow fell over St. Louis, Missouri and the surrounding area. 17 inches fell in the city and 24 inches piled up in the suburbs.

...1898... 0.6 inches of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island, setting the record high for the date.

...1919... At Newport, Rhode Island the temperature dipped to 20 degrees, breaking the record of 25 degrees set in 1911.

...1967... An F3 tornado tore through Dallas, Texas. 10 people were killed and 216 were injured. Total damage was 1.5 million dollars. This tornado was among the most photographed and studied in history.

...1970... 2.92 inches of rain fell at Newport, Rhode Island, shattering the record of 1.12 inches set in 1920 and washing away the snow depth of 7 inches, which was a record high for the date, previous record was 3 inches set in 1924.  The last snowstorm of the 1969-70 winter season came to an end at Chicago, Illinois. 10.7 inches of snow fell -- a final contribution to the season's amount of 77 inches which set a new all-time snow season record for the city.

...1973... The barometric pressure fell to 28.98 inches at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 29.03 inches set in 1970.

...1975... The northeastern U.S. was in the grips of a severe storm which produced hurricane force winds along the coast, and two to three feet of snow in Maine and New Hampshire. Winds atop Mount Washington NH gusted to 140 mph. (David Ludlum) The biggest snowstorm of record for so late in the season paralyzed Chicago IL. Up to 20 inches of snow fell in extreme northeastern Illinois, and 10.9 inches of snow closed Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

...1982... Severe thunderstorms spawned fifty-six tornadoes in the central U.S., including seventeen in the Red River Region of Texas and Oklahoma. The tornadoes claimed thirty lives, and injured 383 other persons. A violent tornado near Messer OK left only the carpet tack strips on the slab of a house it destroyed, and carried a motel sign thirty miles.

...1984... A late season winter storm blasted Nebraska, northeastern Colorado, and southern South Dakota. 24 inches of snow was recorded at Mullen, Nebraska. Winds gusting to 50 mph created 3 to 6 foot drifts. 22 inches of snow fell in the Black Hills in South Dakota. Interstates 70 and 76 were closed east of the Denver, Colorado area stranding over 1000 travelers in Limon, Colorado.

...1986... The high temperature peaked at 72 degrees on this day in Newport, Rhode island, breaking the record of 71 degrees set in 1955.

...1987... Eleven cities in Florida reported record low temperatures for the date, including Tallahassee with a reading of 31 degrees. The low of 48 degrees at Key West smashed their previous record for the date by 13 degrees.

...1988... Thunderstorms produced up to nine inches of rain around New Orleans LA causing 18 million dollars damage. A tornado caused three million dollars damage at Slidell LA.

...1989... Strong and gusty winds prevailed from California to Colorado and Wyoming. Winds gusted to 50 mph at Lancaster CA, and reached 85 mph at Berthoud Pass CO. Snow and high winds created blizzard conditions in the Colorado Rockies.

...1990... Thunderstorms produced severe weather in North Carolina and Virginia during the afternoon and evening. Thunderstorms produced golf ball size hail, and spawned a tornado near Chester VA which caused half a million dollars damage. A storm system produced snow and gale force winds across northern Michigan, with 8.3 inches of snow reported at Marquette. Temperatures in the north central U.S. soared from morning lows in the 20s and 30s to afternoon highs in the 60s and 70s. Eight cities reported record highs for the date, including Havre MT with a reading of 77 degrees.

...1997... Flagstaff, Arizona was buried under 28 inches of snow on this day for it second largest one day snowfall total ever. The city ended up with 44.3 inches of snow for the storm.

...2005... Cleveland, Ohio received 6.4 inches of snow on this day to raise its seasonal snowfall total to 105.3 inches -- a new record for the city. The old record was 101.1 inches set back in 1995-96. More snow occurred later in the month and the final 2004-2005 seasonal total ended up at 117.9 inches.

...2006... Tornadoes and hail as big as softballs ripped through eight Midwestern states, killing at least 27 people, injuring scores and destroying hundreds of homes. In Tennessee, tornadoes killed 23 people, including an infant and a family of four. Severe thunderstorms, many producing tornadoes, also struck parts of Iowa, Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois and Indiana. Strong wind was blamed or at least three deaths in Missouri. The weather service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said it had preliminary reports of 63 tornadoes. The worst damage occurred throughout the Tennessee Valley.

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