March 16 Weather History

...1843... A great Northeast snowstorm swept from the Gulf of Mexico to Maine. Natchez, Tennessee received 4 inches and Shelbyville, Tennessee received 21 inches. Philadelphia and New York City each received 12 inches, and Concord, New Hampshire recorded 8 inches.

...1896... 7.2 inches of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 4.4 set the year before in 1895.

...1942... Two tornadoes, 24 minutes apart, struck Baldwin MS resulting in 65 deaths.

...1956... A wind gust of 62 miles per hour was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island setting the daily high record. The previous record was 44 miles per hour set in 1955.

...1970... A winter storm deposited 20 inches of snow on Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

...1975... A single storm brought 119 inches of snow to Crater Lake OR establishing a state record.

...1986... A small but rare tornado touched down perilously close to Disneyland in Anaheim CA.

...1987... Softball size hail caused millions of dollars damage to automobiles at Del Rio TX. Three persons were injured when hailstones crashed through a shopping mall skylight.

...1988... A winter storm produced heavy snow in the Central Rockies. Winds gusted to 80 mph at Centerville UT. Eighteen cities in the southeastern U.S. reported new record low temperatures for the date, including Tallahassee FL with a reading of 24 degrees.

...1989... A winter storm brought heavy snow and high winds to the southwestern U.S. Winds gusted to 60 mph at Lovelock NV, Salt Lake City UT, and Fort Carson CO. Snow fell at a rate of three inches per hour in the Lake Tahoe area of Nevada.

...1990... Thunderstorms developing ahead of a cold front produced large hail and damaging winds from northwest Florida to western South Carolina. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 75 mph at Floridatown FL. Sixteen cities across the northeastern quarter of the nation reported record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 78 degrees at Burlington VT smashed their previous record for the date by 23 degrees. New York City reported a record high of 82 degrees.

...1993... The barometric pressure climbed to 30.82 inches at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 30.61 inches set in 1968;  three days earlier the record low barometer of 28.52 was recorded.

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