April 10 Weather History

...1877... The first of two great coastal storms struck the Virginia and North Carolina coast. The Oregon Inlet was widened by 3/4 of a mile. The "entire topography of country is materially altered", according to a description of the altering of sand dunes at Cape Hatteras.

...1894... A heavy late season snow blanketed parts of the northeastern U.S. Heavier snowfall totals included 31.5 inches at Salem Corners PA, 30 inches at LeRoy NY, 26 inches at York PA, 14 inches at Waterbury CT, and 9 inches at Providence RI.

...1917... The snow depth was 8 inches at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 2 inches set the year before in 1916.

...1922... At Newport, Rhode Island the temperature peaked at 76 degrees, shattering the record of 58 degrees set in 1903.

...1935... Severe dust storms across Iowa and Kansas closed schools and highways. Dodge City KS experienced its worst dust storm of record, with dense dust reported from the morning of the 9th until after sunset on the 11th. The sky was almost as dark as night at times during the daylight hours. The thick dust suspended traffic on highways and railroads, and also suspended most business in town.

...1954... The high barometric pressure reading was 30.73 inches on this day at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the previous record of 30.31 inches set in 1950.

...1969... The wind gusted to 44 miles per hour at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 41 miles per hour set in 1967.

...1979... An outbreak of 23 tornadoes ravaged the Red River area of Texas and Oklahoma. This day was known as "Terrible Tuesday" to the residents of Wichita Falls, Texas as a tornado rated F4 on the Fujita scale ripped through the city. 3095 homes were destroyed in Wichita Falls. 42 people were killed and total damage was set at $400 million, making it the most costly tornado in history up to this time. The tornado width reached 1.5 miles as it passed through the residential section of the city.

...1983... Newport, Rhode Island was deluged with 2.93 inches of rain, establishing the record high for the date. The previous record was 2.13 inches set in 1980.

...1985... A late season cold snap in the East set record low April temperatures in the following cities: Asheville, North Carolina, 23 degrees; Beckley, West Virginia, 11 degrees; Elkins, west Virginia, 3 degrees. April record lows were tied in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (23 degrees) and Roanoke, Virginia (20 degrees).

...1987... Blustery northwest winds prevailed across the Northern Plains Region. Winds in Wyoming gusted to 65 mph. Temperatures in North Dakota were only in the 20s and 30s, following afternoon highs in the 70s the previous day.

...1988... Unseasonably warm weather prevailed in the western U.S. Eleven cities reported new record high temperatures for the date, including Bakersfield CA with a reading of 95 degrees, their warmest for so early in the season. Pocatello ID warmed from a record low of 19 above to an afternoon high of 63 degrees.

...1989... Strong northerly winds, gusting to 53 mph at Albuquerque NM, ushered cold arctic air into the south central U.S. The temperature at Albuquerque plunged from 82 degrees to 29 degrees overnight. Thirty-three cities in the central U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date, including Goodland KS with a reading of 4 degrees above zero.

...1990... Thunderstorms produced severe weather from the Central Gulf Coast Region to western sections of the Carolinas during the afternoon and evening. Evening thunderstorms over western South Carolina produced wind gusts to 98 mph which injured four persons at Holly Springs, and wind gusts to 100 mph which injured one person and caused half a million dollars damage north of Dacusville.

...1996... A strong coastal storm (central pressure 28.94) gave New England its second heavy snowfall in only 3 days. North Foster, Rhode Island was buried under 21.5 inches of snow, Newport Rhode Island recorded 3.6 inches of snow, a wind gust of 40 miles per hour and low barometric reading of 29.22, while Jaffery, New Hampshire measured 21 inches. Other heavy totals included 27.4 inches on Mount Washington, New Hampshire, 20.1 inches at Ashburnham, Massachusetts, 17 inches at Windham, Connecticut, and 12.6 inches at Brookhaven, New York. Tree damage was extensive due the heavy, wet nature of the snow. This storm took care of the remaining seasonal snowfall records as records were exceeded at the Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, Massachusetts, Worcester, Massachusetts, Concord, New Hampshire, and Bridgeport, Connecticut. Many locations in the Northeast now exceeded 120 inches for the winter season, with a few locations over 150 inches, making the winter of 1995-96 without question the snowiest winter on record for a large part of the northeastern U.S.

...1997... The low temperature dipped to 26 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the previous record of 27 degrees that was set back in 1917 and 1985, the dew point fell to 3 degrees, breaking that record of 4 degrees set in 1950 and the relative humidity was a very dry 13%, breaking that record of 17 % set in 1950 and it tied  three other dates for the lowest humidity recorded in the month of April..  Heavy snow occurred across northern Missouri on this day and continued into the 11th. Lancaster was buried under 24 inches of snow and Lake Pahoe measured 20 inches.

...2001... A super cell thunderstorm traversed central Missouri, producing 8 tornadoes and copious amounts large hail up to baseball size. An enormous amounts of damage was done by the hail, mainly in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Total damage was estimated at 1.4 billion dollars.

...2005... Heavy snow affected the Colorado Rockies during April 10-11, as up to 30 inches of snow affected the mountains around Denver. In the Denver metro area, 10-15 inches of snow accumulated.

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