April 5 Weather History

...1915... The snow depth was 5 inches at Newport, Rhode Island on this day, breaking the record of 1 inch set in 1911.

...1921... The high temperature at Newport, Rhode Island rose to 72 degrees, breaking the record of 65 degrees set in 1910.

...1926... San Diego, California had it wettest day on record with 3.23 inches falling.

...1936... A tornado, rated F5 on the Fujita scale, cut a path 400 yards wide through the residential section of Tupelo, Mississippi. 216 people were killed and 700 were injured. The tornado had a 15 mile long path and did $3 million in damage.

...1945... The temperature at Eagles Nest NM plunged to 45 degrees below zero to establish an April record for the United States.

...1955... The Northern Rockies and the Northern High Plains were in the midst of a four day storm which produced 52 inches of snow at Lead, located in the Black Hills of western South Dakota.

...1972... A tornado, 500 yards wide at times, touched down at a marina on the Oregon side of the Columbia River, and then tore through Vancouver WA killing six persons, injuring 300 others, and causing more than five million dollars damage. It was the deadliest tornado of the year, and the worst of record for Washington.

...1977... 2.21 inches of rain fell at Newport, Rhode Island breaking the record of 1.92 inches set on this day back in 1957. The barometric pressure dipped to 28.98 inches, breaking that record of 29.09 inches set in 1973.

...1982... An unprecedented April blizzard began in the northeastern U.S. One to two feet of snow fell across Massachusetts and Connecticut, and up to 26 inches was reported in Maine. New York City received a foot of snow. Winds reached 70 to 80 mph during the storm, and the storm also produced numerous thunderstorms, which contributed to the heavy snow.

...1987... A storm produced unprecedented April snows in the central Appalachians. Mount Mitchell NC received 35 inches of snow, and up to 60 inches (six feet) of snow was reported in the mountains along the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. The total of 25 inches at Charleston WV easily surpassed their previous record for the entire month of April of 5.9 inches. The 20.6 inch total at Akron OH established an all-time record for that location.

...1988... Thirty-nine cities across the eastern half of the country reported record high temperatures for the date, including Saint Louis MO with a reading of 91 degrees. Laredo TX was the hot spot in the nation with an afternoon high of 100 degrees. 

...1989... Unseasonably hot weather prevailed in the southwestern U.S. Afternoon highs of 100 degrees at Santa Maria CA and 105 degrees in Downtown Los Angeles established records for the month of April.

...1990... Afternoon and evening thunderstorms developing along a cold front produced severe weather in southern Oklahoma, southern Arkansas, and north central and northeastern Texas. Thunderstorms spawned a dozen tornadoes in Texas, including one at Fort Worth which caused a million dollars damage. There were nearly one hundred reports of large hail and damaging winds. Thunderstorms in Texas produced hail three and a half inches in diameter west of Fort Worth, and produced wind gusts to 80 mph at Cross Plains.

...1995... It was a super cold day at Newport, Rhode Island as the low temperature fell to 19 degrees, breaking the record of 22 degrees set in 1954; the day high temperature only got to 32 degrees, breaking that record of 38 degrees set in 1898 and 1903; the wind chill dipped to 0 degrees, breaking that record of 6 degrees set in 1982 and the dew point fell to six degrees below zero, breaking that record of 3 degrees below zero set in 1963.

...1996... A small area of west-central Texas was buried under record late seasons snows. Abilene recorded 9.3 inches in 24 hours for its greatest 24 hour snowfall ever. Sweetwater measured 18 inches for the storm. The 2 inches at Midland was its greatest April snowfall on record.

...1997... A late season blizzard dumped 17.3 inches of snow at Bismarck, North Dakota to raise its seasonal snowfall to 101.4 inches -- the city's snowiest winter on record.

...2003... A single super cell thunderstorm dumped an enormous amount of large hail, up to 4 inches in diameter, across North Texas. A swath of damage extended for nearly 200 miles from Young to Hopkins Counties. This ranks as one of the most costliest storms on record to hit North Texas with damage estimates approximately $885 million.

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