March 4 Weather History

...1909... Though fair weather was forecast, President Taft was inaugurated amidst a furious storm. About ten inches of wet snow disrupted travel and communications. The storm drew much criticism against the U.S. Weather Bureau.

...1950... It was a very cold and dry day at Newport, Rhode Island. The low temperature plummeted to 2 degrees (breaking the record of 7 degrees set in 1943), the dew point fell to 17 degrees below zero and the wind chill was 13 degrees below zero, all records for the date.

...1953... Snow was reported on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

...1960... A savage blizzard which began on the 3rd struck the Mid Atlantic and Northeast. Some snowfall totals in the Mid Atlantic area were 17 inches at Roanoke, Virginia and 18 inches at Scranton, Pennsylvania. The storm was especially fierce in eastern New England where the winds approached hurricane force. Blue Hill in Milton, Massachusetts checked in with a total of 30 inches, Nantucket, Massachusetts was buried under 31 inches, Boston, Massachusetts recorded 20 inches and Newport Rhode Island recorded 15.3 inches. Just offshore the storm's central pressure bottomed out at 960 millibars (28.35 inches).

...1966... A severe blizzard raged across Minnesota and North Dakota. The blizzard lasted four days producing up to 35 inches of snow, and wind gusting to 100 mph produced snow drifts 30 to 40 feet high. Bismarck ND reported zero visibility for 11 hours. Traffic was paralyzed for three days. (2nd-5th)

...1974... The high temperature at Newport, Rhode Island soared to 61 degrees, breaking the record of 54 degrees set in 1965.

...1980... At Newport, Rhode Island the relative humidity was a dry 16%, breaking the record of 28% set back in 1950.

...1985... A blizzard, which began on the 2nd, battered the Upper Midwest. 15 to 25 inches of snow was common across South Dakota with drifts up to 20 feet. 24 inches was recorded at Benson, Minnesota and Duluth, Minnesota had a wind gust to 71 mph. Most highways and state roads were closed for 2 days. Thunderstorms with brilliant lightning displays were also reported with the heavy snow.

...1987... Rain and high winds prevailed in the northwestern U.S. A wind gust to 69 mph at Klamath Falls OR was their highest in 25 years, and winds at the Ashland Ranger Station in the Siskiyou Mountains of northern California reached 85 mph.

...1988... Snow and freezing rain made travel hazardous in Ohio and Indiana. A six car pile-up resulted near Columbus OH, with seven injuries reported. Up to two inches of ice glazed central Indiana. Up to ten inches of snow blanketed northern Ohio.

...1989... Thunderstorms produced severe weather in the Lower Mississippi Valley. A strong (F-3) tornado injured five persons near Brownsville MS, and killed seven cows and two hogs in one pasture. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 90 mph at Canton MS.

...1990... A Pacific cold front working its way across the western U.S. produced heavy snow over parts of Idaho, Nevada and Utah. Up to eleven inches of snow blanketed the valleys of northwest Utah, while 12 to 25 inches fell across the mountains of northern Utah. Up to six inches of snow blanketed the valleys of east central Nevada, while more than a foot of snow was reported in the high elevations. In Idaho, 6 to 8 inches of snow was reported around Aberdeen and American Falls.

...2004... An F0 tornado 2 miles north of Muldrow breaks a record stretch of days without a reported tornado, 292 days.

...2008... Only two days after reaching 78 degrees, St. Louis receives nearly a foot of snow in seven hours, the biggest snowstorm in 15 years.

...2011... The barometric pressure rose to 30.79 at Newport, Rhode Island on this day, breaking the previous high of 30.68 inches set in 1985.

...2015... The snow depth at Newport, Rhode Island was 21 inches, breaking the record of 15 inches set back in 1969.

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