April 24 Weather History

...1899... Two women and one son lived to tell the story of being picked up by a tornado and carried more than a fourth of a mile, flying far above the church steeples, before being gently set down again. The young boy and one of the ladies said they had the pleasure of flying alongside a horse. The horse "kicked and struggled" as it flew high above, and was set down unharmed about a mile away.

...1908... Severe thunderstorms spawned eighteen tornadoes over across the Central Gulf Coast States claiming the lives of 310 persons. The state of Mississippi was hardest hit. A tornado near Hattiesburg MS killed 143 persons and caused more than half a million dollars damage. Four violent tornadoes accounted for 279 of the 310 deaths. The deadliest of the four tornadoes swelled to a width of 2.5 miles as it passed near Amite LA. The tornado also leveled most of Purvis MS.

...1930... The low temperature at Newport, Rhode Island dipped to 28 degrees, breaking the previous record of 32 degrees set in 1922.

...1981... The barometric pressure fell to 29.03 inches at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 29.24 set in 1971.

...1983... 2.66 inches of rain fell at Newport, Rhode Island setting the record for the date. The previous record was 2.18 inches set back in 1898.

...1987... Showers and thunderstorms produced heavy rain in the Middle Atlantic Coast Region. Up to seven inches of rain drenched Virginia in three days. Morgantown WV received 4.27 inches in 24 hours, and flooding was reported in south central West Virginia.

...1988... Low pressure produced high winds and severe thunderstorms in the Southern Plains Region. Strong thunderstorm winds destroyed two mobile homes at Whitt TX injuring two persons. Winds associated with the low pressure system gusted to 70 mph at Guadalupe Pass TX.

...1989... Twenty cities in the central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. Russell KS was the hot spot in the nation with a reading of 101 degrees. Evening thunderstorms produced severe weather from Colorado to Wisconsin. Hail four and a half inches in diameter was reported at Sargeant NE.

...1990... Thunderstorms produced severe weather from the Southern High Plains to north central Kansas. Thunderstorms spawned ten tornadoes, including one which injured four persons and caused 1.5 million dollars damage at Shattuck OK. Thunderstorms also produced softball size hail at Wheeler TX, wind gusts to 85 mph southwest of Arnett OK, and 13.45 inches of rain near Caldwell TX, which resulted in the worst flooding in recent memory for that area.

...1993... An F4 tornado struck Tulsa and Catoosa, Oklahoma. 7 people were killed and 100 were injured. A second tornado (F3) touched down from the same thunderstorm cell and ripped through Catoosa, doing heavy damage and injuring 30 people. 70 percent of the businesses in Catoosa were damaged or destroyed. Total damage was 100 million dollars.

...1999... A four day snowstorm at Lander, Wyoming came to an end over which time 52.7 inches of snow was recorded -- they city's biggest snowstorm on record.

...2005... Late season heavy snow fell across northern Ohio. Three day totals included 25.3 inches at North Royalton/Broadview Heights, 21.8 inches at Thompson, and 12.4 inches at Cleveland.

...2007... The high temperature peaked at 74 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island (later tied the next year in 2008). An intense super cell which spawned a large and damaging tornado in Piedras Negras, Mexico crossed the border and spawned an additional tornado (EF3) in the community of Rosita Valley near Eagle Pass, Texas. 7 people were killed with 80 million dollars damage.

...2010... An EF-4 tornado up to 1.75 miles wide travels 149.25 miles through Mississippi, the widest and fourth longest path in Mississippi history. It left behind major destruction to businesses, churches and homes, four fatalities in Yazoo City and ten fatalities across the state.

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