March 27 Weather History

...1890... An outbreak of tornadoes occurred in the Ohio Valley. One of the tornadoes struck Louisville KY killing 78 persons and causing four million dollars damage.

...1894... At Newport, Rhode Island the high temperature only rose to 31 degrees on this day, setting the record low maximum temperature record for the date.

...1931... A blizzard which struck western Kansas and adjoining states was called the "worst since January 1888". The low temperature of 3 degrees below zero which was reached during the blizzard stands as the coldest recorded so late in the season.

...1950... A three day snowstorm in the High Plains Region finally came to an end. The storm produced 34 inches of snow in 24 hours at Dumont, located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and a total of 50 inches.

...1955... The wind gusted to 60 miles per hour at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the previous record of 38 miles per hour set in 1938 and 1934.

...1975... The low temperature at Newport, Rhode island fell to 16 degrees, breaking the record of 18 degrees set back in 1894 and the wind chill dipped to 3 degrees below zero, breaking that record of 9 degrees set in 1966.

...1984... The temperature at Brownsville TX soared to 106 degrees, and Cotulla TX reached 108 degrees, equaling the March record for the U.S.

...1987... The second blizzard in less than a week hit eastern Colorado and western Kansas. Snowfall totals ranged up to 24 inches at San Isabel CO. Winds gusted to 50 mph at Goodland KS. The high winds piled snow into massive drifts, closing roads for days and killing thousands of cattle. Snow drifts thirty feet high were reported in northwest Kansas.

...1988... Temperatures rose quickly, then dropped just as rapidly, in the central U.S. Eight cities reported record high temperatures for the date as readings soared into the 80s. In southeastern Colorado, the temperature at Lamar CO reached 91 degrees. Strong southerly winds gusted to 63 mph at Gage OK. Strong northwesterly winds, gusting to 61 mph at Goodland KS, then proceeded to usher much colder air into the area.

...1989... Afternoon and evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in the south central U.S. Two tornadoes were reported, and there were 77 other reports of large hail and damaging winds. Baseball size hail was reported at Willow OK and Bartlesville OK. Twenty-six cities in the central and eastern U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date, including Yankton SD with a reading of 84 degrees.

...1990... Temperatures dipped into the teens and single numbers in the northeastern U.S. Scranton PA tied their record for the date with a morning low of 18 degrees. Temperatures warmed into the 60s and lower 70s in the Pacific Northwest. The afternoon high of 65 degrees at Astoria OR equaled their record for the date.

...1991... Severe thunderstorms were widespread over the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys and the Great Lakes area with more than 300 reports of severe weather, including 28 tornadoes. Four F3 tornadoes struck Michigan. Another F3 tornado injured 18 people and did $12 million dollars in damage in the Nettle Lake area in Ohio. Huge hailstones, 4.5 inches in diameter, fell at Portage, Michigan and a wind gust of 89 mph was recorded at Franklin, Wisconsin.

...1994... An F4 tornado tracked 50 miles through St. Clair, Calhoun, and Cherokee Counties in Alabama, killing 22 people and injuring 150. 20 people were killed when the tornado destroyed the Goshen United Methodist Church in Cherokee County.

...1998... At Newport, Rhode Island the temperature peaked at 70 degrees, breaking the previous record of 65 degrees set back in 1946.

...2001... The snow depth at Newport, Rhode Island was 5 inches, breaking the record of 4 inches set back in 1899.

...2012... The low humidity at Newport, Rhode Island was a dry 13%, breaking the record of 16% set in 1961. The 13% was the second lowest for the month of March at the station.

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