April 17 Weather History

...1821... A snowfall of 12 to 18 inches over eastern Massachusetts prevented the printing of the Legislature.

...1908... The low temperature for the day fell to 24 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 29 degrees set in 1904.

...1911... The snow depth at Newport, Rhode Island was 1 inch (later tied in 1992).

...1922... A family of at least six tornadoes caused death and destruction along parts of a 210 mile path from north of Ogden IL to Allen County OH, killing sixteen persons. A post card, picked up in Madison County IN, was found 124 miles away near Mount Cory OH.

...1929... The barometric pressure at Newport, Rhode Island fell to 28.92 inches, setting the record low for the date.

...1942... A deluge of 8.35 inches in two hours occurred at West Palm Beach, Florida.

...1953... One of the few severe hailstorms accompanied by snow, sleet, glaze, and rain, pelted parts of Kay, Osage, Creek, Tulsa, Washington, and Rogers Counties in northeastern Oklahoma late in the day. Nearly 10,000 insurance claims were filed.

...1954... 2.33 inches of rain fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the previous record of 2.17 inches set back in 1919.

...1965... The Mississippi River reached a flood crest at Saint Paul MN four feet higher than any previous mark. During the next two weeks record levels were reached along the Mississippi between Saint Paul and Hannibal MO. Flooding caused more than 100 million dollars damage, but timely warnings kept the death toll down to just twelve persons.

...1976... The temperature at Newport Rhode Island soared to 86 degrees, tied for the highest temperature ever for April and started a four day streak of temperatures of 80+ The previous high for the day was 77 degrees set back in 1959.

...1983... A very late snowfall occurred in a narrow band across central Iowa with Des Moines recording 8 inches -- a record for the month of April.

...1987... Twenty-two cities in the central U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date. Temperatures warmed into the 70s and 80s from the High Plains Region to the Mississippi Valley, with readings in the low 90s reported in the Southern Plains Region. Tulsa OK hit 92 degrees.

...1988... Heavy snow blanketed northern Arizona. Snowfall totals ranged up to 16 inches at Pinetop, with 10 inches reported at Flagstaff. Afternoon thunderstorms spawned a couple of tornadoes in Idaho.

...1989... Arctic cold invaded the north central U.S. Missoula MT was blanketed with four inches of snow, and Glasgow MT reported a record cold morning low of 14 degrees above zero.

...1990... High winds in northern Utah, gusting to 90 mph in Weber County, blew a trampoline through a living room window, and strong winds associated with a cold front crossing the Middle Atlantic Coast Region gusted to 75 mph in the Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia. Unseasonably cold weather prevailed in the north central U.S. Valentine NE was the cold spot in the nation with a record low of 10 degrees.

...2012... The relative humidity dropped to a very dry 13% at Newport, Rhode Island on this day, breaking the previous record of 17% set back in 1985.

...2014... At Newport, Rhode Island the barometric pressure climbed to 30.74 inches, breaking the record of 30.62 inches set in 1930.

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