April 9 Weather History

...1877... Oregon Inlet NC was widened three quarters of a mile by a nor'easter.

...1897... 2.33 of rain fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 1.51 inches set two years earlier in 1895.

...1907... The barometric pressure fell to 28.87 at Newport, Rhode Island setting the record low for the date.

...1913... 22.9 inches of snow fell at Sioux Falls, South Dakota over a two day period for the city's greatest snowstorm on record.

...1917... 8 inches of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 2.9 inches set in 1911. The 8 inches of snow was the highest day snow record for the month of April.

...1947... A tornado struck Woodward OK during the late evening killing 95 persons and causing six million dollars damage. The tornado, one to two miles in width, and traveling at a speed of 68 mph, killed a total of 167 persons along its 221 mile path from Texas into Kansas, injured 980 others, and caused nearly ten million dollars damage. (David Ludlum) A man looking out his front door was swept by a tornado from his home near Higgins TX and carried two hundred feet over trees. The bodies of two people, thought to be together at Glazier TX, were found three miles apart.

...1968... At Newport, Rhode Island the low humidity dipped to 15%, breaking the record of 20% set in 1955.

...1973... A severe late season snowstorm was in progress across Iowa, southeastern Minnesota, northern Illinois, and southern Wisconsin. Wind gusts to 70 mph whipped the snow into 16 foot drifts in Iowa. 10 to 20 inches of snow was common with 20 inches falling at Grand Meadow, Minnesota and 19.4 inches piling up at Dubuque, Iowa.

...1977... The low temperature of 22 degrees was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island on this day, breaking the record of 24 degrees set in 1917 and the wind chill  was a cold 7 degrees, breaking that record of 14 degrees set in 1972.  A storm brought 15.5 inches of rain to Jolo WV in thirty hours.

...1982... The snow depth was 5 inches at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 2 inches set in 1973.

...1987... International Falls MN reported their sixth straight record high for the date, with a reading of 77 degrees. A cold front ushering sharply colder weather into the north central U.S. produced wind gusts to 60 mph at Glasgow MT.

...1988... Residents of Sioux City IA awoke to find two inches of snow on the ground following a record high temperature of 88 degrees the previous afternoon.

...1989... Eighteen cities in the southwestern U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 80 degrees at Eureka CA established a record for the month of April.

...1990... Thunderstorms developing ahead of a cold front produced severe weather from the Central High Plains to Arkansas and northern Texas. Severe thunderstorms spawned five tornadoes, and there were seventy reports of large hail and damaging winds. A tornado injured four persons at Ardmore OK, and thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 70 mph at Kellyville OK, and hail three inches in diameter at Halmstead KS.

...1991... The high temperature soared to 78 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, shattering the record of 70 degrees set in 1921.  A large portion of the eastern U.S. was battered by severe thunderstorms with 503 severe weather events reported. 38 tornadoes touched down with the most significant one beginning its 18 mile path at Guthrie, Kentucky. This tornado, rated F2, did over $500,000 in damage. 3 inch diameter hailstones fell in Switzerland county in Indiana. 2 people were killed and 86 were injured from intense straight line thunderstorm winds exceeding 100 mph in West Virginia. Gatesburg, Pennsylvania reported a wind gust to 90 mph.

...1995... Glasgow, Montana recorded 12.2 inches of snow in 24 hours -- its greatest 24 hour snowfall on record.

...2011... An EF-3 tornado hits Mapleton, IA. Officials estimate more than half the town is damaged or destroyed but none of the 1200 residents were killed. 31 tornadoes were confirmed across Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina on this day.

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