April 12 Weather History

...1861... It rained all day during the bombardment of Fort Sumter. .55 inches fell.

...1899... A trace of snow fell on this at Newport, Rhode Island and was later tied in 1918.

...1927... A tornado wiped out the town of Rock Springs TX killing 72 persons and causing 1.2 million dollars damage. The tornado, more than one mile in width, destroyed 235 of 247 buildings, leaving no trace of lumber or contents in many cases. Many survivors were bruised by large hail which fell after the passage of the tornado.

...1932... The barometric pressure fell to 29.04 inches at Newport, Rhode Island setting the record low for the date.

...1934... Winds atop Mount Washington NH averaged 186 mph for five minutes, with a peak gust of 231 mph, the highest wind speed ever clocked in the world.

...1945... Antlers, Oklahoma was leveled by an F5 tornado. 600 buildings were destroyed and 700 were damaged. 69 people were killed and 353 were injured. This disaster would have commanded national and local attention if it was not overshadowed by the death of President Roosevelt. Even nearby local newspapers had more information on the president than the tornado.

...1958... The snow depth at Newport, Rhode Island was 3 inches, breaking the record of 1 inch set back in 1917 and 1924.

...1976... The low temperature dipped to 22 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 23 degrees set in 1926 and the wind chill fell to 7 degrees, breaking that record of 18 degrees set in 1967.

...1977... At Newport, Rhode Island the high temperature peaked at 77 degrees, breaking the record of 73 degrees set in 1945.

...1985... Key West, Florida set a new record for April rainfall in a 24 hour period as 6.06 inches of rain were recorded, eclipsing the previous record of 6.04 inches which fell on April 29, 1941.

...1987... A cold front crossing the central U.S. produced heavy snow in the Central Rockies, and severe thunderstorms over Kansas and Oklahoma. Snowfall totals ranged up to 16 inches at Red Mountain Pass CO. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 87 mph at Ponca City OK. Winds associated with the cold front itself gusted to 69 mph at Tucumcari NM.

...1988... Snow blanketed the Southern Appalachians. Totals in North Carolina ranged up to 17 inches at Mitchell. Winds at Flat Top Mountain gusted to 80 mph.

...1989... Twenty-two cities in the south central and eastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date, including Elkins WV with a low of 15 degrees, and Baton Rouge LA with a reading of 37 degrees.

...1990... Arctic air invaded the central U.S. Lincoln NE reported a record low of 17 degrees. Thunderstorms developing along the arctic cold front produced heavy snow in north central Kansas, wind gusts to 61 mph at Midland TX, and wind gusts to 69 mph at Rawlins WY. Warm weather prevailed in the southwestern U.S. Las Vegas NV reported a record high of 91 degrees, and on the 13th, Sacramento CA reported a record high of 95 degrees.

...1996... Duluth, Minnesota recorded 1.7 inches of snow on this day to raise its seasonal snowfall total to 132.8 inches -- its snowiest winter on record. The old record was 131.6 inches set back in 1949-50.

...1997... Record late season snows buried sections of the Midwest as the second of two snowstorms since the 10th came to an end. Omaha, Nebraska received 4.1 of snow inches for the first storm, and 9.6 inches from the second storm. The 9.6 inches was the greatest single storm snowfall on record for April for the city. Other snowfall totals included: 24 inches at Bloomfield, Iowa, 20 inches at Lake Pahoe, Missouri, and 13.5 inches at Galesburg, Illinois.

...2010... One-inch diameter hail falls in Fresno, CA. Two condominiums are destroyed by thunderstorms in California's San Joaquin Valley. Up to three funnel clouds were also seen in the region.

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