March 31 Weather History

...1890... Saint Louis MO received 20 inches of snow in 24 hours. It was the worst snowstorm of record for the St Louis.

...1923... The low temperature at Newport, Rhode Island plummeted to 15 degrees, breaking the previous record of 27 degrees set in 1915.

...1933... 37 people were killed and 170 were injured as an F4 tornado moved through Jones, Jasper, Clarke counties in Mississippi.

...1954... The temperature at Rio Grande City TX hit 108 degrees, which for thirty years was a U.S. record for the month of March.

...1962... A tornado struck the town of Milton FL killing 17 persons and injuring 100 others. It was the worst tornado disaster in Florida history.

...1963... At Newport, Rhode Island the low humidity fell to 14%, breaking the record of 22% set in 1957.

...1970... 5.9 inches of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of a trace set the year before in 1969.and the snow depth was 4 inches which was later tied in 1984.

...1973... A devastating tornado took a nearly continuous 75 mile path through north central Georgia causing more than 113 million dollars damage, the highest total of record for a natural disaster in the state.

...1981... The high temperature peaked at 71 degrees on this day at Newport, Rhode Island breaking the previous record of 65 degrees set back in 1905.

...1987... March went out like a lion in the northeastern U.S. A slow moving storm produced heavy snow in the Lower Great Lakes Region, and heavy rain in New England. Heavy rain and melting snow caused catastrophic flooding along rivers and streams in Maine and New Hampshire. Strong southerly winds ahead of the storm gusted to 62 mph at New York City, and reached 87 mph at Milton MA.

...1988... March went out like a lion in eastern Colorado. A winter-like storm produced 42 inches of snow at Lake Isabel, including 20 inches in six hours. Fort Collins reported 15 inches of snow in 24 hours. Winds gusted to 80 mph at Centerville UT. Albuquerque NM received 14 inches of snow.

...1989... Afternoon thunderstorms produced severe weather from North Carolina to Pennsylvania. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 76 mph at Cape Henry VA. While squalls blanketed northwest Pennsylvania with up to 9 inches of snow, thunderstorms in eastern Pennsylvania produced golf ball size hail at Avondale.

...1990... The month of March went out just as it came in, like a lamb. Marquette MI, which started the month with a record high of 52 degrees, equaled their record for the date with a reading of 62 degrees.

...1992... Las Vegas, Nevada recorded 4.80 inches of rain during the past month which set 2 records -- the wettest March ever (old record 1.83 inches set in 1973) and the wettest month ever (old record 3.39 inches in September 1939). Also, the normal yearly rainfall for the city is only 4.19 inches!! -Seattle, Washington closed out its first snowless winter ever (November through March).

...1997... A wind gust of 51 miles per hour was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island breaking the record of 46 miles per hour that was set in 1977, 1982 and 1987.

...1998... Record heat prevailed across the Northeast. Record high temperatures for the month of March were set at Boston, Massachusetts and Windsor Locks, Connecticut (89 degrees), Portland, Maine (88 degrees), Massena, New York (85 degrees), St. Johnsbury, Vermont (83 degrees), and Montpelier, Vermont (80 degrees). The state record high temperature for March for Vermont was set when Union Village topped out at 88 degrees.

...2008... The barometric pressure peaked at 30.70 inches at Newport, Rhode Island on this date. This broke the previous record of 30.62 that was set in 1967.

...2010... Newport, Rhode Island ended up with 13.24 inches of rain which not only broke the March record for rainfall but also the highest rainfall for any month at the station.  Jacksonville, Florida's record streak of days with high temperatures below 80 degrees comes to an end at 105 days. It was also Jacksonville's first 80 degree reading of the year. The previous latest first 80 degree day was on March 14, 1978.

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