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Weather History: April 17: Record temps, storms, sand, snow, wind & flooding

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Listed are Meteorological events that happened on April 17:

1821

The Massachusetts’ legislature could not open due to 18 inches of snow.

1920

Snow fell across Denver, CO continuously for 57 hours; from early morning on the 17th until midday on the 19th. The heavy wet snow totaled 18.2 inches with the greatest accumulation on the ground of a foot. At times winds gusted to near 50 mph creating near blizzard conditions. The strong winds created high drifts halting auto and rail traffic. Many people were stranded. No lives were lost in Denver but several people perished in surrounding districts. Temperatures didn’t make it out of the 20s.

1922

A group of six tornadoes caused death and destruction along parts of a 210 mile path from north of Ogden, IL to Allen County, Ohio, killing 16 people. A group of six tornadoes caused death and destruction along parts of a 210 mile path from north of Ogden, IL to Allen County, Ohio, killing 16 people. In Illinois, a violent tornado touched down a few miles north of Ogden, in eastern Champaign County, then moved eastward through Vermilion County. Two people were killed north of Ogden. Another tornado touched down in southeast Effingham County and moved across Jasper and Clark Counties. One person was killed by this tornado, with 25 injured. In Indiana, a tornado traveled from Warren to Delaware County killing 11 people. Another tornado of F4 strength went through Delaware and northern Madison counties killing three before dissipating in southwest Blackford County. It picked up a postcard near Orestes, IN and dropped it 124 miles away near Mt. Cory, OH with only a torn corner.

1942

West Palm Beach, FL was soaked by 8.35 inches of rain in just two hours.

1948

A torrential downpour of 1.34 inches of rain fell in just 10 minutes at Tauranga, New Zealand; a record for the country.

1953

One of the few severe hailstorms accompanied by snow, sleet, ice, and rain, pelted parts of Kay, Osage, Creek, Tulsa, Washington, and Rogers Counties in northeastern Oklahoma late in the day. Nearly 10,000 insurance claims were filed.

1963

A violent tornado, close to F5 strength at times, moved across Kankakee County before continuing into northwest Indiana, dissipating just west of Medaryville. The worst damage was in Bourbonnais, Bradley, Exline, and in populated areas north of Kankakee. Several houses completely disappeared. A much smaller tornado moved from the east edge of Roanoke, IN to two miles southwest of Baer Field (Fort Wayne International Airport). 21 buildings were destroyed. 50 injuries were reported in Illinois, with one fatality and 20 were injured in Indiana. Another twister killed an elderly man in his mobile home four miles north of Coldwater, MI.

1965

On this date through the 30th, the Mississippi River reached a flood crest at Saint Paul, MN, four feet higher than any previous mark. During the next two weeks record levels were reached along the Mississippi between Saint Paul and Hannibal, MO. Flooding caused more than $100 million dollars damage, but timely warnings kept the death toll down to just 12 people.

1967

On this date through the 20th and the 27th through 29th, a series of blizzards dropped a record 69 inches of snow across southern Alberta Canada. Thousands of cattle perished.

1976

A heat ridge continued off the east coast pumping record heat across much of the east. Some records included: The high temperature was 93° in Washington D.C.; the second highest temperature of a 4-day 90° heat wave. Some daily records included: Richmond, VA: 96°, Roanoke, VA: 91°, Charleston, WV: 89°, Elkins & Huntington, WV: 87°, Beckley, WV: 84°, Cape Hatteras, NC: 82° and Buffalo, NY: 80°.

A tornado skipped north-northeast from five miles northeast of Hardtner, KS, ending two miles northeast of Sharon. Eight homes were destroyed at the south edge of Sharon. Two people were injured.

1983

Burlington, VT picked up 15.6 inches of snow to set an April record.

1984

A spring storm left snow across much of the central portion of Iowa. The greatest concentration of snow was in an 80-mile wide band from Monona County southeast to Des Moines and Knoxville. Four to six inches were common in this band but the greatest amount of 8 inches occurred in Des Moines. Temperatures hovering near the freezing mark prevented large accumulations on the road.

1987

Many cities in the central U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date. Temperatures warmed into the 70s and 80s from the Northern Plains to the Mississippi Valley, with readings in the low 90s reported in the Southern Plains. Tulsa, OK hit 92°.

1988

Heavy snow blanketed northern Arizona. Snowfall totals ranged up to 16 inches at Pinetop, with 10 inches reported at Flagstaff.

Afternoon thunderstorms spawned a couple of tornadoes in Idaho.

1989

Arctic cold invaded the north central U.S. Missoula, MT was blanketed with 4 inches of snow, and Glasgow, MT reported a record cold morning low of -14°.

1990

High winds in northern Utah, gusting to 90 mph in Weber County, blew a trampoline through a living room window.

Strong winds associated with a cold front crossing the Mid-Atlantic Coast gusted to 75 mph in the Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia.

Very strong thunderstorm winds raked across Oklahoma and north Texas beginning the previous day through this date. The Oklahoma City metro area took the brunt of the storms. Winds of 90 to 100 mph severely damaged roofs of several schools and apartment buildings. At the Oklahoma City Post Office, many Federal Income Tax returns, which were waiting to be loaded into a transport truck, were swept away by the winds.

Unseasonably cold weather prevailed in the north central U.S. Valentine, NE was the cold spot in the nation with a record low of 10°.

1994

Record cold occurred in Alaska. Umiat dropped to -39° and the -32° at Prudhoe Bay are the coldest ever for so late in the year. Fairbanks drooped to 2°; their coldest so late since 1972.

2002

Perth, Western Australia recorded its wettest April day on record, dating back to 1879 as 2.74 inches of rain fell in 24 hours. This exceeded their average April rainfall of 1.81 inches.

The heat wave continued across the east as high pressure off the Carolina blocked a frontal boundary across the Plains. Records for the date included: Newark, NJ: 97°, NYC Central Park: 96°, Hartford, CT: 95°, Philadelphia, PA: 95°, Reagan National Airport, DC: 95 (Tied monthly high), Lynchburg, VA: 94°, Atlantic City, NJ: 94, Islip, NY: 94°, Concord, NH: 94°, Norfolk, VA: 93°, Dulles Airport, VA: 93° (April Record), Baltimore (BWI), MD: 93°, Providence, RI: 93°, Boston, MA: 93°, Salisbury, MD: 92°, Wallops Island, VA: 91°, Harrisburg, VA: 91°, Williamsport, PA: 91°, Albany, NY: 91°, Worcester, MA: 90°, Burlington, VT: 90°, Syracuse, NY: 89°, Bridgeport, CT: 89°, Binghamton, NY: 86° and Portland, ME: 80°.

2003

2.01 inches of rain fell at Seeb Airport, Muscat in Oman in just 12 hours. This far exceeded their average April rainfall of 0.71 inches.

2004

On this date, measurable rain fell at San Diego, CA for the last time until October 17th, a streak of 182 consecutive days with no measurable rain, the longest streak on record.

2006

A severe sandstorm, the eighth and reportedly the worst so far in the year to hit Beijing, China traveled from the China/Mongolia border to the Chinese capital.

2008

The afternoon high at Navajo, NM only reached 45° which tied a low high temperature record for the date.

2010

Residents of Northern Manitoba in Canada basked in summer-like conditions, as record temperatures were reached at Thompson: 69°, Lynn Lake: 68° and Churchill tied their previous record high of 54°.

2012

On this date through the 18th, an intense storm system with high winds moved across Greece, Crete, and into western Turkey. The high winds reached 66 mph at the Istanbul, Turkey International Airport and caused a dust storm at the Turkish capitol of Ankara.

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