April 6 Weather History

...1828... A severe late freeze followed the mildest winter ever. Temperatures fell to 26 degrees at Six Mile Creek and to 30 on St. John's River near Jacksonville, Florida. In addition, the unseasonably cold conditions caused ice to form on the river, reportedly one inch thick in places.

...1886.. Detroit, Michigan recorded its biggest snowfall in 24 hours when 25.4 inches fell.

...1915... The snow depth was 2 inches at Newport, Rhode Island, setting the record high for the date.

...1921.. At Newport, Rhode Island the high temperature peaked at 73 degrees, breaking the record of 66 degrees set in 1912.

...1936... A tornado outbreak in the Deep South resulted in a total of 446 deaths and eighteen million dollars damage. It was a "Tale of Two Cities". During the evening of the 5th a tornado hit Tupelo MS killing 216 persons, injuring 700 others, and causing three million dollars damage. The next morning the paths of two tornadoes met about 8:30 AM and cut a swath four blocks wide through Gainesville GA killing 203 persons, injuring 934, and causing thirteen million dollars damage. Eight to ten feet of debris filled the streets following the storm. At least 70 persons died in the Cooper Pants Factory, the greatest tornado toll of record for a single building.

...1949... A wind gust of 56 miles per hour was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the previous record of 46 miles per hour set in 1940.

...1982... The "Great Blizzard of April '82" struck New England, New York, and Pennsylvania and dumped 1 to 2 feet of snow. Many places had their greatest April snowstorm ever. Newport Rhode Island received 8 inches of snow (6th-7th) to tie a record for a two day snowstorm dating back to 1898, the low temperature dipped to 19 degrees, breaking the record of 24 degrees set in 1943 and the wind chill plummeted to 2 degrees, breaking that record of 17 degrees set in 1964..  Winds frequently gusted to 70 and 80 mph. There was an exceptionally high frequency of simultaneous thunderstorms and heavy snow with numerous lightning strikes reported. Record cold poured in the wake of the storm and many spots were 25 degrees colder than normal the day after the storm.

...1983... The temperature at Denver CO dipped to a record cold seven degrees above zero.

...1987... Rain and melting snow caused flooding from New England to Ohio. Flooding in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts was the worst in fifty years, causing forty-two million dollars damage.

...1988... A powerful storm produced wind gusts to 75 mph around Chicago IL, and wind gusts to 92 mph at Goshen IN. The high winds created twenty-five foot waves on Lake Michigan.

...1989... Unseasonably hot weather prevailed in California. Afternoon highs of 91 degrees in Downtown San Francisco, 93 degrees at San Jose, 98 degrees at San Diego, 103 degrees at Santa Maria, 104 degrees at Riverside, and 106 degrees in Downtown Los Angeles established records for the month of April.

...1990... Snow developed in the northeastern U.S. for the second time in the month. In Virginia, a heavy wet snow blanketed northern and central sections of the Shenandoah Valley, and eastern foothills, with up to 12 inches reported around Harrisonburg. Heavy snow also blanketed the high elevations of West Virginia, with 10 inches reported at Snowshoe. An inch of snow at Syracuse NY raised their total for the winter season to a record-tying 161.3 inches.

...1995... At Newport, Rhode Island the dew point plummeted to 0 degrees, breaking the record of 6 degrees set in 1963.

...2005... Thunderstorms erupted and produced severe weather including 32 reports of tornadoes, most of which touched down in Mississippi and Louisiana. Between 20 and 25 homes were destroyed and 7 people were injured. Mississippi governor Haley Barbour declared a state of emergency.

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