March 15 Weather History

...1912... 3 inches of rain fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 1.08 inches set in 1911.

...1923... A two day snowstorm dumped 18.9 inches on Omaha, Nebraska -- the location's biggest single snowstorm on record.

...1939... The snow depth at Newport, Rhode Island was 12 inches, breaking the record of 4 inches, set in 1896.

...1941... The most severe blizzard in modern history struck North Dakota and Minnesota. The blizzard hit on a Saturday night while many are traveling, and thus claimed 71 lives. Winds gusted to 75 mph at Duluth MN, and reached 85 mph at Grand Forks ND. Snow drifts twelve feet high were reported in north central Minnesota. A cold front traveling 30 mph crossed Minnesota in just seven hours. (15th-16th)

...1984... Severe thunderstorms in Arkansas produced 2 violent (F4) tornadoes. The first tornado tracked 48 miles through Van Buren, Cleburne, and Independence Counties. 2 people were killed and 13 were injured. 63 homes and 22 mobile homes were destroyed. The tornado lifted the Highway 16 bridge and threw it into Greers Ferry Lake. The bridge was 1/4 mile long and had a large steel superstructure. The second tornado tore through Jackson and Poinsett Counties with 5 people killed and 12 injured.

...1987... A winter storm in the western U.S. produced heavy snow in central Nevada, with 23 inches reported at Austin. High winds raked the desert areas of southern California and southern Arizona. Winds gusted to 59 mph at Douglas AZ.

...1988... More than one hundred hours of continuous snow finally came to an end at Marquette MI, during which time the city was buried under 43 inches of snow. Unseasonably cold weather prevailed in the southeastern U.S., with forty-one cities reporting record low temperatures for the date.

...1989... Afternoon and evening thunderstorms produced severe weather from Alabama to the Middle Atlantic Coast. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 80 at Virginia Beach VA. Low pressure in southeastern Ontario produced high winds in the northeastern U.S. Winds gusted to 70 mph at Saint Albins VT.

...1990... The high temperature at Newport, Rhode Island peaked at 62 degrees, breaking the record of 61 degrees set in 1986.  Low pressure crossing the Upper Mississippi Valley produced high winds from the Northern and Central Plains to the Great Lakes Region and Ohio Valley. Winds gusted to 73 mph at Iowa City IA, and wind gusts reached 79 mph at Waukesha WI. Winds of 75 mph were reported around Rapid City SD, with gusts to 100 mph. Up to a foot of snow was reported in western Iowa, western Minnesota, and extreme eastern North Dakota. Blizzard conditions were reported in northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.

...1992... Intense snow squalls that began back on the 12th finally came to an end over Oswego and Onondaga counties in central New York. Palermo was buried under an incredible 85 inches of snow over the 4 day period. Parish checked in with 60 inches and Fulton recorded 51 inches. Syracuse recorded 7.7 inches of "normal" snow from the big storm back on the 11-12th, but this was peanuts compared to the 24 inches the squalls deposited on the city.

...1993... 69 daily low temperature records were broken over the eastern U.S. as cold air persisted behind the "Blizzard of '93". At Newport, Rhode Island the temperature dipped to 10 degrees, breaking the record of 13 degrees set in 1932.  Elkins, West Virginia recorded 5 degrees below zero to break its old record by 15 degrees and New Orleans, Louisiana dropped to 31 degrees to break its old record by 9 degrees. Fort Myers, Florida shivered at 39 degrees.

...1994... 9 inches of snow on this day brought the season l snowfall total at Binghamton, New York to 123.2 inches -- the city's snowiest winter ever.

...1999... At Newport, Rhode Island 8.1 inches of snow fell, breaking the record of 6.2 inches, set back in 1906.

...2002... Marquette, Michigan recorded 12.8 inches of snow on the day to raise its seasonal snowfall to 276.8 inches. This set a new record for seasonal snowfall for the city. The old record was 272.2 inches in the 1996-97 season.

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