March 24 Weather History

...1765... A major snowstorm hit from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts. From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania came this report: "On Sunday night last there came on here a very severe snowstorm, the wind blowing very high, which continued all the next day, when it is believed there fell the greatest quantity of snow that has been known for many years past; it being generally held to be two feet, or two feet and a half, on the level, and in some places deeper".

...1906... At Newport, Rhode Island the low temperature dipped to 12 degrees, breaking the record of 18 degrees set in 1896; also the barometric pressure soared to 30.88 inches, setting the record high barometer reading for the date.

...1912... Residents of Kansas City began to dig out from a storm produced 25 inches of snow in 24 hours. The snowfall total was nearly twice that of any other storm of modern record in Kansas City before or since that time. A record 40 inches of snow fell during the month of March that year, and the total for the winter season of 67 inches was also a record. By late February of that year Kansas City had received just six inches of snow. Olathe KS received 37 inches of snow in the snowstorm, establishing a single storm record for the state of Kansas. (23rd-24th)

...1938... The high temperature at Newport, Rhode Island shot up to 66 degrees, breaking the record of 62 degrees set back in 1913.

...1983... Record late snow fell in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Atlanta, Georgia measured 7.9 inches, Athens, Georgia recorded 8.7 inches, and Charlotte, North Carolina checked in with 10 inches.

...1987... A winter-like storm in the central U.S. produced blizzard conditions from South Dakota to western Kansas. Snowfall totals ranged up to 24 inches at Neligh NE, with 19 inches at Winner SD. Winds gusting to 60 mph created twelve foot snow drifts in Nebraska stranding thousands on the highways.

...1988... Thunderstorms developing along a cold front produced severe weather from Minnesota to northeastern Texas. The thunderstorms spawned ten tornadoes, including one which injured five persons near Raymondville MO.

...1989... Low pressure off the coast of Virginia brought heavy rain to the Middle Atlantic Coast States, and heavy snow to the Northern Appalachians. Cape Hatteras NC was soaked with 5.20 inches of rain in 24 hours, and snowfall totals in Vermont ranged up to 12 inches. Winds gusted to 52 mph at New York City.

...1990... The storm system which produced heavy snow in the Lower Missouri Valley the previous day, spread heavy snow across parts of the Upper Ohio Valley and the Middle Atlantic Coast Region. Snowfall totals of 2.2 inches at Philadelphia PA and 2.4 inches at Atlantic City NJ were records for the date. Up to six inches of snow blanketed southern Ohio. In the Middle Atlantic Coast Region, snow coated the blossoms of cherry trees which had bloomed in 80 degree weather the previous week.

...1993... What was to be called "The Winter of the Return of the Big Snows" continued to set records. Boston, Massachusetts had 8.6 inches of snow on this day to push its monthly total to 38.9 inches which set a new March monthly snowfall record. The old record was 33.0 inches set in 1916. Boston's seasonal snowfall total now stood at 81.7 inches, the third snowiest winter season on record.

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