April 26 Weather History

...1834... Killer frosts were reported in the Deep South. The frost was quite severe around Huntsville AL, and highlighted a backward spring in the South that year.

...1919... The low temperature dipped to 29 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 33 degrees set in 1893.

...1955... The wind gusted to 44 miles per hour at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the previous record of 40 miles per hour set in 1951.

...1978... An unusually strong occluded front swept out of the Gulf of Alaska and produced the first April thunderstorm of record at Fairbanks. Pea size hail fell northeast of Fairbanks from thunderstorms whose tops were less than 8000 feet.

...1981... Colorado Springs, Colorado had an afternoon high of 83 degrees which set a new record high for the month of April. The old monthly record was 82 degrees set back in 1872.

...1984... Severe thunderstorms associated with an intense cyclone spawned a total of forty-seven tornadoes in two days from Louisiana to Upper Michigan. The tornadoes killed 16 persons and injured 259 others.

...1987... The wind chill at Newport, Rhode Island fell to 23 degrees, breaking the previous record of 25 degrees set in 1974.  Twenty-two cities in the central and western U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 83 degrees at Astoria OR smashed their previous record by 13 degrees. Sacramento CA hit 94 degrees.

...1988... While Rochester MN was blanketed with 13.7 inches of snow, establishing a single storm record for the month of April, Minneapolis MN, just 90 miles away, got only rain.

...1989... Thirty-three cities in the central and southeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. Afternoon highs of 91 degrees at Evansville IN and Nashville TN equaled April records. Thunderstorms produced severe weather from Iowa to Kentucky, with more than ninety reports of large hail and damaging winds. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 90 mph at Berwick IA.

...1990... Twenty-nine cities from the Carolinas to the Great Lakes Region and western New England reported record high temperatures for the date as readings soared into the 80s and lower 90s. Record high temperatures included 95 degrees at Baltimore MD and 92 degrees at Allentown PA. The record high of 89 degrees at Alpena MI was the third out of six straight record highs for that location, and smashed their previous record for the date by ten degrees.

...1991... Severe thunderstorms in the central U.S. spawned fifty-five tornadoes from northeastern Texas to Iowa and eastern Nebraska killing twenty-one persons. Early evening thunderstorms over south central Kansas spawned a violent (F-5) tornado which traveled 45 miles from southwest of Wichita to north of El Dorado. It killed seventeen persons, including thirteen at the Golden Spur Mobile Home Park in Andover. The tornado also caused 62 million dollars damage to McConnell Air Force Base as it crossed the south side of Wichita.

...1993... Binghamton, New York recorded 0.6 inches of snow on this day to raise its seasonal snow total to 122.7 inches. This set a new all-time seasonal snow record for the city. The previous record was 122.5 inches set in 1955-56.

...1994... A late season snowstorm deposited 7.5 inches at Fargo, North Dakota, bringing the city's seasonal snowfall to 87.5 -- its snowiest winter even. The previous snowiest winter was 82.2 inches set in 1936-37. 8.5 inches of snow at Bismarck, North Dakota pushed its seasonal snowfall to 91.7 inches, for its snowiest winter ever as well. The previous snowiest winter was 86.8 inches set in 1949-50.

...2000... A trace of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island on this day, setting the record high for the date.

...2003... At Newport, Rhode Island 1.79 inches of rain fell, breaking the record of 1.75 inches set in 1973 and .59 inches of rain fell in one hour, breaking that record of .29 that was set in 1975.  Twenty inches of snow falls in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains. Alpine Meadows ski resort just north of Lake Tahoe reports more than 100 inches and Kirkwood south of Tahoe reports 112 inches.

...2008... Watertown, South Dakota recorded 19 inches of snow in 24 hours for its greatest 24 hour snowfall on record.

...2009... The high temperature at Newport, Rhode Island peaked at 86 degrees, which broke the record high of 77 degrees set in 1985, and it tied the hottest day for April  (April 17 1976 and April 19, 1976 were the other two days.)  5.4 inches of snow on this day at Rapid City, South Dakota was the last accumulating snow for the 2008-09 season for this location and brought the seasonal snow total to 90.2 inches -- the city's snowiest season on record.

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