March 17 Weather History

...1776... It was Evacuation Day at Boston! The British, frustrated by southerly gales in their previous attempt to dislodge the Americans on Dorchester heights, quit port.

...1892... A winter storm in southwestern and central Tennessee produced 26 inches of snow at Riddleton, and 18.5 inches at Memphis. It was the deepest snow of record for those areas.

...1896... The snow depth at Newport, Rhode Island was 11 inches, breaking the record of 4 inches set a year earlier in 1895.

...1906... The temperature at Snake River WY dipped to 50 degrees below zero, a record for the U.S. for the month of March.

...1916... The low temperature at Newport, Rhode Island dipped to 10 degrees, breaking the record of 12 degrees, set in 1897.

...1956... A wind gust of 61 miles per hour was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 56 miles per hour, set in 1955.

...1974... At Newport, Rhode Island the barometric pressure fell to 28.88 inches, breaking the record of 29.03 inches from the year before, 1973.

...1985... A strong (F3) tornado tore through Venice, Florida during the early morning hours. 55 homes were destroyed and 220 were damaged. 2 people were killed and 45 were injured.

...1987... A powerful spring storm produced severe thunderstorms over the Central Gulf Coast States, and heavy snow in the High Plains Region. A tornado caused three million dollars damage at Natchez MS, and six inches of rain in five hours caused five million dollars damage at Vicksburg MS. Cactus TX received 10 inches of snow. Western Kansas reported blizzard conditions.

...1988... A winter storm produced heavy snow from the northeast Texas panhandle to the Ozark area of Missouri and Arkansas. Up to fifteen inches of snow was reported in Oklahoma and Texas. Snowfall totals in the Ozark area ranged up to 14 inches, with unofficial reports as high as 22 inches around Harrison AR.

...1989... Strong northerly winds ushered snow and arctic cold into the north central U.S. Winds gusted to 58 mph at Sydney NE and Scottsbluff NE, Cadillac MI received 12 inches of snow, and International Falls MN reported a record low of 22 degrees below zero.

...1990... Showers and thunderstorms associated with a slow moving cold front produced torrential rains across parts of the southeastern U.S. over a two day period. Flooding claimed the lives of at least 22 persons, including thirteen in Alabama. Up to 16 inches of rain deluged southern Alabama, with 10.63 inches reported at Mobile AL in 24 hours. The town of Elba AL was flooded with 6 to 12 feet of water causing more than 25 million dollars damage, and total flood damage across Alabama exceeded 100 million dollars. Twenty-six counties in the state were declared disaster areas.

...2002... Anchorage, Alaska was buried under 28.7 inches of snow in 24 hours -- by far its greatest 24 hour snow total on record. The old record was 15.5 inches set in 1955.

...2013... The high temperature record was shattered at Newport, Rhode Island on this day when the mercury rose to 66 degrees, breaking the previous record of 59 degrees that was set in 1989 and again in1990.

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