April 20 Weather History

...1880... Sacramento, California had its heaviest 24 hour rainfall when 7.24 inches fell.

...1897... The temperature plummeted to 21 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island on this day, shattering the record of 38 degrees set in 1895 and 1893.

...1901... A spring storm produced unusually heavy snow in northeast Ohio. Warren received 35.5 inches in thirty-six hours, and 28 inches fell at Green Hill. Akron OH established April records of 15.6 inches in 24 hours, and 26.6 inches for the month. Pittsburgh PA established April records of 12.7 inches in 24 hours, and 13.5 inches for the month.

...1904... 0.6 inches of snow fell on this day at Newport, Rhode Island, setting the record high for the date and the day maximum temperature only rose to 38 degrees, breaking of 43 degrees set in 1897.  

...1920... A major tornado outbreak occurred in Mississippi and Alabama. 6 tornadoes rated F4 on the Fujita scale killed 223 people and injured 1290.

...1952... The tankers Esso Suez and Esso Greensboro crashed in a thick fog off the coast of Morgan City LA. Only five of the Greensboro's crew survived after the ship bursts into flame.

...1975... At Newport, Rhode Island the wind gusted to 46 miles per hour, breaking the previous record of 43 miles per hour set in 1952.

...1976... At Newport, Rhode Island the April of 1976 heat wave continues. This was the fourth consecutive day of 80 plus degrees as the temperature peaked at 83 degrees, breaking the previous record of 80 degrees set in 1954.

...1978... The barometric pressure dipped to 29.00 inches at Newport, Rhode Island setting the record low for the date. The previous record was 29.33 set in 1953.

...1984... A temperature of 106 degrees in Del Rio, Texas set a new record high for the month of April.

...1987... Fifty-two cities in the central and eastern U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date. The high of 92 degrees at Memphis TN was a record for April, and the high of 94 at Little Rock AR equaled their April record.

...1988... A storm in the western U.S. brought heavy rain to parts of California. Mount Wilson was soaked with 4.15 inches of rain in 24 hours. The heavy rain caused some flooding and mudslides in the Los Angeles area, and a chain reaction collision of vehicles along the Pomona Freeway which resulted in 26 injuries.

...1989... Hot weather spread from the southwestern U.S. into the Great Plains Region. Twenty-three cities reported new record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 104 degrees at Tucson AZ was an April record, and highs of 87 at Provo UT, 90 at Pueblo CO, and 85 at Salt Lake City UT, equaled April records.

...1990... A fast moving Pacific storm produced heavy snow in the central mountains and the Upper Arkansas Valley of Colorado, with a foot of snow reported at Leadville. Thunderstorms in the south central U.S. produced wind gusts to 76 mph at Tulsa OK, and heavy rain which caused flooding of Cat Claw Creek in the Abilene TX area. Lightning struck the building housing a fish farm in Scott AR killing 10,000 pounds of fish. Many of the fish died from the heat of the fire.

...2006... Up to five feet of snow falls in the Dakotas. I-94 and other highways were closed, power was out for thousands and caused at least four deaths.

...2007... At Newport, Rhode Island the dew point dipped to 8 degrees, breaking the record of 9 degrees set in 1994 and the relative humidity was a dry 13%, breaking that record of 16% set in 1961.

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