March 25 Weather History

...1843... A second great snowstorm hit the northeastern U.S. The storm produced snow from Maine all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Natchez MS received three inches of snow, and up to 15 inches buried eastern Tennessee. Coastal Maine received 204 inches of snow that winter.

...1909.. At Newport, Rhode Island, the barometric pressure fell to 28.97 inches and a wind gust of 54 miles per hour was recorded, both setting records for the date.

...1914... Society Hill SC was buried under 18 inches of snow, establishing a state record.

...1934... A spring storm produced 21 inches of snow at Amarillo TX in 24 hours. However, much of the snow melted as it fell, and as a result, the snow cover was never any deeper than 4.5 inches.

...1948... For the second time in less than a week airplanes were destroyed by a tornado at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City OK. A March 20th tornado destroyed fifty planes at Tinker AFB causing more than ten million dollars damage, and the March 25th tornado destroyed another thirty-five planes causing six million dollars damage. The first tornado struck without warning, and caused more damage than any previous tornado in the state of Oklahoma. The second tornado was predicted by Fawbush and Miller of the United States Air Force, and their accurate tornado forecast ushered in the modern era of severe weather forecasting.

...1956... The low temperature of 13 degrees was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 16 degrees set in 1906.

...1975... The town of Sandberg reported a wind gust to 101 mph, a record for the state of California.

...1987... Heavy rain left rivers and streams swollen in Kansas and Nebraska, causing considerable crop damage due to flooding of agricultural areas. The Saline River near Wilson Reservoir in central Kansas reached its highest level since 1951. March rainfall at Grand Island NE exceeded their previous record of 5.57 inches.

...1988... An early season heat wave prevailed in the southwestern U.S. The high of 93 degrees at Tucson AZ was a new record for March. Windy conditions prevailed across the central and eastern U.S. Winds gusted to 60 mph at Minneapolis MN, and reached 120 mph atop Rendezvous Peak WY.

...1989... A Pacific storm brought wet weather to much of the western third of the country, with heavy snow in some of the higher elevations. La Porte CA was drenched with 3.56 inches of rain in 24 hours. Up to 24 inches of snow blanketed the Sierra Nevada Range.

...1990... Temperatures dipped below zero in the Northern Rocky Mountain Region. Hardin MT was the cold spot in the nation with a morning low of 10 degrees below zero. Freezing drizzle was reported in the Southern Plains Region, with afternoon highs only in the 30s from the Southern High Plains to Missouri and Arkansas.

...1992... Severe thunderstorms moving through Lake, Orange, and Seminole Counties in Florida dropped hailstones up to 4 inches in diameter and resulted in what is called "the most economically destructive force ever to hit the Orlando area" -- worse even than Hurricane Donna which struck Florida in 1960. Damage totaled $60 million making this the costliest hailstorm ever in Florida, exceeding the damage done by another hailstorm which occurred only 19 days earlier on March 6th. The nursery industry in southern Lake County and western Orange County was virtually shut down by the hailstorm. Literally millions of glass panes were broken.

...1993... A severe thunderstorm produced hailstones up to 2 inches in diameter across the west, north, and northeast sections of Austin, Texas resulting in the worst and costliest hailstorm in the city's history. An estimated 75 million dollars in damage was done to cars, roofs, skylights, greenhouses, and vegetation. 60 people were injured by the hail as they scrambled to protect the vehicles and other valuables.

...1995... The first of three big hailstorms of the spring struck the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area. A severe thunderstorm moved across Dallas county, dumping hailstones up to 3 inches in diameter. Total damage reached $80 million.

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