April 19 Weather History

...1775... It was the day of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. It was a crisp anticyclonic morning with conditions at 6:00 am reported at 45.7 degrees, barometer 29.56 inches and rising, and a west wind of force 1 and "very fair" skies. Professor Winthrop noted at Cambridge: "Battle of Concord will put an end to observing".

...1785... The last snow of a famous late winter raised the snow cover to 3 feet in southern New Hampshire.

...1881... At Nation City, South Dakota a 79 day snow blockade was lifted and the first train arrived.

...1904... A trace of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island on this day, setting the record high for the date.

...1926... The temperature dipped to 27 degrees on this day at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 30 degrees, set back in 1904.

...1941... The temperature at Sodus NY soared to 95 degrees. The next day Albany NY reported a record for April of 93 degrees.

...1973... Glenrock WY received 41 inches of snow in just 24 hours, and a storm total of 58 inches, to establish two state records. (18th-20th)

...1976... On this date, the day of the Boston Marathon, the northeastern U.S. was in the midst of an early spring heat wave. The temperature at Providence, Rhode Island soared to 98 degrees and 86 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, which shattered the daily record of 73 degrees set in 1952.  The temperature at Hopkinton, Massachusetts where the race started was in the upper 90's but runners hit a cooling sea breeze upon entering Boston with temperatures dropping into the upper 60's.

...1983... At Newport, Rhode Island 2.35 inches of rain fell, breaking the previous record of 1.17 inches set back in 1949.  A strong storm system dumped heavy snow in the Northeast with 15 inches of snow in northern New Jersey, 12 inches at Scranton, Pennsylvania, and up to 17 inches in the Catskills of New York.

...1986... A major storm system produced 10 tornadoes in Texas. One of these tornadoes, rated F3 in intensity, virtually annihilated the town of Sweetwater, Texas. The tornado struck at the unlikely time of 7:17 am. One person was killed and 100 were injured.

...1987... Forty cities in the central U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date as readings soared into the 80s and lower 90s for Easter Sunday. Fort Smith AR reported a record high of 95 degrees.

...1988... Severe thunderstorms over the southeastern U.S. early in the day spawned a strong (F-3) tornado which destroyed seventeen homes and severely damaged thirty houses near Madison FL killing four persons and injuring eighteen others.

...1989... A dozen cities in the southwestern U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 98 degrees at Hanksville UT equaled their record for April. Tucson AZ reported their earliest 100 degree reading of record.

...1990... At Newport Rhode Island, the barometric pressure climbed to 30.74 inches, shattering the record of 30.48 inches set in 1966 and the wind chill dipped to 17 degrees, breaking the record of 23 degrees, set in 1979. Five cities in the northeastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date as readings dipped into the 20s and upper teens. Elkins WV reported a record low of 20 degrees. Thunderstorms over the Southern Plains produced golf ball size hail at San Angelo TX, and up to four inches of rain in southwestern Oklahoma.

...1996... One of the most memorable tornado outbreaks in Illinois history occurred on April 19, 1996. During the day, 33 tornadoes were reported as super cells erupted and moved across the state during the afternoon and evening hours. Wind estimates in excess of 170 mph were associated with some of the stronger tornadoes, one of which ripped through nearby Ogden, IL.

...1997... A major coastal storm was in its second day over the Northeast and deepened to 28.67 inches east of Cape Cod. The barometric pressure fell to 28.99 inches at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the previous record of 29.26 inches set in 1983.  Winds gusts hit 97 mph at Falmouth, Massachusetts, 87 mph on Nantucket Island and 47 mph at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 41 mph set in 1985.. Portsmouth, New Hampshire was deluged with 4.07 inches of rain. Heavy snow occurred inland. East Jewitt, New York was buried under 21 inches of snow and 15.8 inches was recorded at Huntington Center, Vermont. Burlington, Vermont had 8.5 inches for its greatest snowfall for so late in the season.

...2006... Heavy late season snows occurred over a two day period in western South Dakota, eastern Montana, and northeastern Wyoming. Totals included 74 inches at Lead, South Dakota, 50 inches at Galena, South Dakota, 36 inches at Buckhorn, Wyoming, and 30 inches at Ekalaka, Montana.

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