March 19 Weather History

...1899... It was a stormy day in Newport, Rhode Island on this day as 2.23 inches of rain fell, breaking the record of .53 inches set the year before (1898) and the barometric pressure fell to 28.93 inches, setting the record low for the date.

...1935... Suffocating dust storms occurred frequently in southeastern Colorado between the 12th and the 25th of the month. Six people died, and many livestock starved or suffocated. Up to six feet of dust covered the ground. Schools were closed, and many rural homes were deserted by tenants.

...1948... An F4 tornado moved through Fosterburg, Bunker Hill, and Gillespie, Illinois, killing 33 people and injuring 449. 2000 buildings in Bunker Hill were damaged or destroyed. Total damage was 3.6 million dollars.

...1950... Timberline Lodge reported 246 inches of snow on the ground, a record for the state of Oregon.

...1956... Newport, Rhode Island broke the daily snowfall record for the date as 14.7 inches fell, shattering the previous record of 5.6 inches that was set in 1916.  The 14.7 inches was the 2nd highest day total for the month of March at the station.  The second heavy snowstorm in just three days hit Boston. Nearby Blue Hill received 19.5 inches contributing to their snowiest March of record.

...1967... It was a very cold day at Newport, Rhode Island when the temperature plummeted to 7 degrees, breaking the record of 12 degrees set in 1944. The day high temperature only climbed to 27 degrees, the dew point was 13 degrees below zero and the wind chill was 5 degrees below zero.

...1984... A major winter storm produced blizzard conditions in northwestern Kansas and southern Nebraska. This storm, which began affecting the region on the 18th, dumped 10 to 20 inches of snow over the above mentioned areas. A severe ice storm occurred in northeastern Kansas with 1 inch ice accumulations common. The 1400 foot radio tower for KLDH-TV near Topeka buckled and then collapsed from the weight of a 3 inch coating of ice. This ice storm ranks as one of the worst ever to hit Kansas.

...1986... A wind gust of 55 miles per hour was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the previous record of 44 miles per hour set back in 1902.

...1987... A storm in the western U.S. produced rain and snow from the northern and central Pacific coast to the northern and central Rockies. Heavier snowfall totals included 13 inches at Clear Creek UT, 12 inches at Snow Camp CA and Glacier Park MT, and 10 inches at Kayenta AZ. Wind gusts reached 54 mph at Winslow AZ.

...1988... Seven cities in California and Nevada reported record high temperatures for the date as readings soared into the 80s and lower 90s. Los Angeles CA reported a record high of 89 degrees. Five cities in south central Texas reported record lows, including El Paso, with a reading of 22 degrees.

...1989... Six cities reported new record low temperatures for the date as cold arctic air settled into the Upper Midwest for Palm Sunday, including Marquette MI with a reading of 11 degrees below zero.

...1990... Rather wintry weather in the eastern U.S. replaced the 80 degree weather of the previous week. Freezing temperatures were reported in northern sections of the Gulf Coast States, and snow began to whiten the Northern and Central Appalachians. Up to eight inches of snow was reported in western Virginia.

...2003... One of the worst blizzards ever to hit the Front Range in Colorado was in progress. 31.8 inches of snow was recorded in Denver for its second greatest snowstorm on record. Snowfall in foothills was even more impressive. 87.5 inches was measured at Fritz Peak and in Rollinsville, 83 inches at Cabin Creek, 74 inches near Bergen Park, 72 inches at Coal Creek Canyon, and 70 inches at Georgetown. The heavy wet snow caused numerous roofs of homes and businesses to collapse. The estimated cost of property damage alone, not including large commercial buildings, was $93 million, making it the most costly snowstorm on record for the area. In Denver alone at least 258 structures were damaged. Up to 135,000 people lost power during the storm. Avalanches in the mountains and foothills closed many roads, including Interstate 70, stranding hundreds of skiers and travelers. Mayor Wellington Webb of Denver said, "this is the storm of the century, a backbreaker, a record breaker, a roof breaker."

...2012... The high temperature at Newport, Rhode Island peaked at 68 degrees, breaking the previous record of 64 degrees set two years earlier in 2010.

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