March 1 Weather History

...1897... The low temperature dipped to 7 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 26 degrees in 1893.

...1900... Rochester, New York was buried under 29.8 inches of snow in 24 hours -- its greatest 24 hour snowfall on record.

...1910... The deadliest avalanche of record in the U.S. thundered down the mountains near Wellington Station WA sweeping three huge locomotive train engines and some passenger cars, snowbound on the grade leading to Stevens Pass, over the side and into a canyon, and burying them under tons of snow. The avalanche claimed the lives of more than 100 people. The station house at Wellington was also swept away.

...1914... High winds and heavy snow crippled New Jersey and New York State. Two feet of snow were reported at Ashbury Park, and at New York City the barometric pressure dropped to a record 28.38 inches. The storm caused complete disruption of electric power in New Jersey.

...1959... 9.3 inches of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island this day, breaking the record of 4.6 inches that was set in 1949.

...1962... A record March cold wave occurred in the Upper Midwest, with Couderay, Wisconsin dropping to 48 degrees below zero and places in Iowa bottoming out at 35 degrees below zero.

...1966... The barometric pressure fell to 28.93 inches at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 29.15 set in 1949.

...1980... Norfolk VA received 13.7 inches of snow to push their season total to a record 41.9 inches exceeding their previous record by more than four inches. (David Ludlum) An unusually large Florida tornado, 500 yards in width at times, killed one person and caused six million dollars damage near Fort Lauderdale.

...1983... A ferocious storm battered the Pacific coast. The storm produced heavy rain and gale force winds resulting in flooding and beach erosion, and in the mountains produced up to seven feet of snow in five days.

...1987... A storm crossing the Great Lakes Region produced heavy snow and gale force winds from Wisconsin to northern New England, with eight inches of snow reported at Ironwood MI.

...1988... Thunderstorms produced large hail and damaging winds in north central Texas. Baseball size hail was reported at Lake Kickapoo. Hail fell continuously for thirty minutes in the Iowa Park area of Wichita Falls.

...1989... March came in like a lion, with snow and high winds, in the northwestern U.S. Winds gusted to 86 mph in the Rosario Strait of western Washington State.

...1990... A series of low pressure systems moving out of the Gulf of Alaska spread high winds and heavy snow across western Alaska. Winds in the Anchorage area gusted to 69 mph at Glen Alps, and Talkeetna was buried under three feet of snow in two days. Valdez received 21.4 inches of snow, raising their total for the winter season to 482.4 inches.

...1991... A very strong Pacific storm dumped heavy snows in the mountains of northern Arizona starting the 28th and continuing into this day. 31.5 inches of snow fell at Flagstaff and the Fairfield Snow bowl reported 50 inches.

...1993... 4.5 inches of snow fell at Dodge City, Kansas on this date to raise its seasonal snowfall total to 58.8 inches. This set a new all-time seasonal snowfall record for the city. The old record was 57.5 inches set back in the winter of 1911-12.

...1997... Tornadoes killed 25 people in Arkansas. 3 of the tornadoes were rated F4 on the Fujita scale. The towns of Sardis, Shannon Hills, and Arkadelphia were devastated. -Thunderstorms from the same storm system drenched Louisville, Kentucky with 10.48 inches of rain -- the city's greatest calendar day rainfall on record. Torrential rains continued into the 2nd, with Williamstown, Kentucky recording 12 inches of rain. Severe flash flooding occurred along the Ohio River and many of its tributaries in northern Kentucky and southern Ohio. 30 deaths resulted from the flooding and total damage was estimated near $1 billion. Serious river flooding continued in the area over the next few weeks.

...1998... A five day snowstorm came to an end at Lead, South Dakota over which time 102.4 inches of snow fell -- the state's single storm snowfall record.

...2006... Dallas/Forth Worth Airport breaks a 107-year-old North Texas temperature record after reaching 93 degrees. Mineral Wells reached 97, Wichita Falls 96 and Fort Worth Meacham Airport 90.

...2007.. Enterprise, Alabama was devastated by an EF4 tornado. 9 people were killed, 51 were injured, and damage was 250 million dollars.

...2011... Snowfall across Idaho broke numerous accumulation records. Pierce received 15 inches, Powell 14.5 inches, Potlatch 12 inches and Kellogg and Plummer 7 inches. The same storm created high winds across the Pacific Northwest. A weather station at 10,000 feet on Mount Ranier measures a wind gust of 137 MPH with a sustained 1-minute wind reading of 112 MPH.

...2017... The very warm weather at Newport, Rhode Island continued into March. The high minimum temperature was 49 degrees, breaking the record of 47 degrees set in 1902 and the high dew point peaked at 51 degrees, breaking the record of 48 degrees set in 1966.

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