March 5 Weather History

...1872... It was the most severe modern March cold wave in the East. Boston, Massachusetts had a record 8 degrees below zero on the 6th, the coldest in March since 1833.

...1904... The barometric pressure rose to 30.89 inches at Newport, Rhode Island setting the record high for the date.

...1948... The low temperature plummeted to 6 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 10 degrees set back in 1904.

...1960... Eastern Massachusetts greatest March snowstorm of record began to abate. The storm produced record 24 hour snowfall totals of 27.2 inches at Blue Hill Observatory, 17.7 inches at Worcester, and 16.6 inches at Boston. Winds gusted to 70 mph. (3rd-5th)

...1962... A tremendous storm raged along the Atlantic coast. The great Atlantic storm caused more than 200 million dollars property damage from Florida to New England. Winds along the Middle Atlantic Coast reached 70 mph raising forty foot waves, and as much as 33 inches of snow blanketed the mountains of Virginia. The Virginia shoreline was rearranged by historic tidal flooding caused by the combination of the long stretch of strong onshore winds and the "Spring Tides".

...1964... Newport, Rhode Island recorded a wind gust of 56 miles per hour, breaking the record of 46 miles per hour set in 1950.

...1974... The high temperature at Newport, Rhode Island peaked at 62 degrees, breaking the record of 59 degrees set in 1934.

...1987... A storm in the western U.S. produced heavy rain and high winds in California. Up to six inches of rain soaked the San Francisco Bay area in 24 hours, and winds gusted to 100 mph at the Wheeler Ridge Pumping Plant near the Tehachapi Mountains.

...1988... While snow blanketed eastern Kansas and northern Oklahoma, eight cities in North Dakota reported new record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 61 degrees at Bismarck ND was 27 degrees warmer than that at Chanute KS.

...1989... Thunderstorms produced severe weather in the southeastern U.S. A strong (F-2) tornado killed one person and injured six others in Heard County GA. A strong (F-3) tornado injured 23 persons and caused more than five million dollars damage around Grantville GA.

...1990... Thunderstorms over eastern Colorado, developing ahead of a major storm system, produced up to three inches of small hail around Colorado Springs in the late morning and early afternoon. Strong thunderstorms swept through southeastern sections of the Denver area during the evening hours. These strong thunderstorms also produced up to three inches of small hail, along with wind gusts to 50 mph, and as much as 2.4 inches of rain.

...2015... 8.5 inches of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 6 inches set back in 1902 and there were 18 inches of snow on the ground, breaking that record of 16 inches set back in 1960.

...2017... It was a very cold and very dry at Newport, Rhode Island. The midnight temperature was 14 degrees, breaking the record of 17 degrees set in 1950. The low relative humidity fell to 17%, breaking the record of 20% set in 1969 and the low dew point fell to 8 degrees below zero, tying the record from 1969.

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