March 8 Weather History

...1717... On Fishers Island in Long Island Sound, 1200 sheep were discovered to have been buried under a snow drift for four weeks. When finally uncovered, one hundred sheep were still alive.

...1909... The town of Brinkley AR was struck by a tornado which killed 49 persons and caused 600,000 dollars damage. The tornado, which was two-thirds of a mile in width, destroyed 860 buildings. Entire families were killed as houses were completely swept away by the tornado. Tornadoes killed 64 persons and injured 671 others in Dallas and Monroe counties during the Arkansas tornado outbreak.

...1913... The low temperature at Newport, Rhode Island fell to 10 degrees, breaking the record of 19 degrees set in 1897.

...1927... A wind gust of 54 miles per hour was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island setting the record high for the date.

...1941... 15.4 inches of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 1.3 inches set in 1907 and setting the daily high total for any March and also a record two day snowball total of 15.7 inches (8th-9th).

...1971... A snowstorm dropped 10 to 20 inches of new snow across Vermont to raise snow depths to record levels. 116 inches was measured on the ground on top of Mount Mansfield, the second highest snow depth ever recorded on the mountain up to the time. The town of Orange measured 88 inches on the ground for a new state low elevation snow depth record.

...1984... A freak "thunder snowstorm" produced high winds, vivid lightning, and up to seven inches of snow in the northern suburbs of Washington D.C.

...1986... The low temperature at Newport, Rhode Island dropped to 10 degrees, tying the record set in 1913.

...1987... Thirty-two cities in the eastern U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date, including Newport, Rhode Island with a reading of 67 degrees, shattering the record of 57 degrees that was set in 1942 and Madison WI with a reading of 71 degrees. Afternoon highs of 68 degrees at Houghton Lake MI and 72 degrees at Flint MI smashed their previous records for the date by fourteen degrees.

...1988... A cold front brought wintry weather to the north central U.S. Snowfall totals in northwestern Minnesota ranged up to eight inches at Roseau and Hallock. Winds in South Dakota gusted to 61 mph at Brookings.

...1989... The barometric pressure fell to 28.75 inches at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 28.95 inches set in 1933.  While arctic cold gripped the northeastern U.S., unseasonably warm weather prevailed across the southwestern states. Albany NY reported a record low of 2 degrees below zero. Tucson AZ reported a record high of 90 degrees.

...1990... Late afternoon thunderstorms produced severe weather in east central Iowa and west central Illinois. Thunderstorms spawned a tornado south of Augusta IL which traveled 42 miles to Marbleton. Golf ball size hail was reported at Peoria IL and near Vermont IL.

...1992... In the first 8 days of March, Las Vegas, Nevada recorded 1.87 inches of rain. This set a new monthly record for rainfall in March. The previous record was 1.83 inches set in 1973.

...1994... A major snowstorm buried sections of Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas. Ozark Beach, Missouri recorded 19 inches of snow, while Harrison, Arkansas checked in with 18 inches. Tulsa, Oklahoma had 12.9 of snow, for its greatest single storm snowfall ever.

...1996... Elkins, West Virginia received 2.1 inches of snow on this day to bring its seasonal snowfall to 125.8 inches -- its snowiest winter on record.

...2004... The California coast warms up. San Francisco broke a 112-year record by reaching 82 degrees. Los Angeles soared to 93 degrees.

...2005... A line of strong to severe thunderstorms affected the eastern portions of North and South Carolina, with wind damage and a few tornadoes reported. Winds gusted over 70 MPH with some of the stronger storms.

...2008... Columbus, Ohio was buried under 20.5 inches of snow for its greatest snowstorm on record. 15.5 inches fell in 24 hours for the city's all-time 24 hour record snowfall as well.

...2015... The snow depth at Newport, Rhode Island was 23 inches, breaking the record of 12 inches set in 1960.

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