April 14 Weather History

...1873... A famous Easter blizzard raged across Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota. Gale force winds blew the wet snow into massive drifts, however there were few deaths due to the sparse population and due to the gradual increase of the storm.

...1886... A devastating tornado, 800 yards in width at times, cut a twenty mile path through Saint Cloud MN killing 74 persons. The bottom of the Mississippi River was said to have been seen during the tornado's crossing. Eleven persons were killed at a wedding party near the town of Rice.

...1895... 3.14 inches of rain fell at Newport, Rhode Island setting the record high for the date.

...1923... The low temperature at Newport, Rhode Island dipped to 28 degrees (later tied in 1940 and 1957)

...1933... The state intensity record for snowfall for New Hampshire was set at Franklin Lake. 35 inches fell in 24 hours.

...1943... The barometric pressure fell to 28.99 inches at Newport, Rhode Island, setting a record low for the date.

...1945... At Newport, Rhode Island the temperature peaked at 79 degrees, breaking the record of 76 degrees set in 1941.

...1950... 3.3 inches of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 0.5 inches set in 1929.

...1985... Record early season warmth occurred in the West. The temperature at Phoenix, Arizona reached 100 degrees which tied the record for the earliest in the season the mercury climbed to the 100 degree mark. The previous date was back in 1925 on this same day. At Lander, Wyoming, a high reading of 77 degrees was the warmest for so early in the spring season.

...1986... A vicious blizzard thrashed the northern plains, especially in South Dakota. A fairly uniform 10 to 20 inches of snow fell across the Dakotas. Sustained winds to 45 mph with gusts to 90 mph whipped the snow into 15 foot drifts in South Dakota. This storm is termed as the worst blizzard ever for South Dakota.

...1987... A storm system moving slowly northeastward across the Middle Mississippi Valley produced severe thunderstorms which spawned three tornadoes around Ottumwa IA, and produced up to four inches of rain in southeastern Nebraska, flooding rivers and streams.

...1988... A weather disturbance off the southern coast of California brought parts of southern California their first rain in six weeks. Rain-slickened roads resulted in numerous accidents in southern California, including a ten car pile-up at Riverside.

...1989... Late afternoon thunderstorms in northern Florida soaked the town of Golden Gate with 4.37 inches of rain in about two hours, resulting in local flooding.

...1990... Thunderstorms developing along a cold front produced severe weather in southeastern Texas during the mid morning hours. Thunderstorms produced dime size hail at Galveston, and wind gusts to 59 mph at Port Arthur. Afternoon thunderstorms over southeast Louisiana spawned tornadoes south of Bogalusa and at Rio.

...1996... An F4 tornado tracked 44 miles through Stone and Izard counties in Arkansas. 7 people were killed, 35 were injured, and total damages were $7.5 million.

...2009... King Salmon, Alaska recorded .7 inches of snow on this day and was the last accumulating snowfall for the 2008-09 season for this location. This brought the seasonal snowfall total to 81.2 inches -- an all-time record for the location.

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