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Weather History: April 25: Record temps, storms, tornadoes, fire, floods & snow

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Listed are Meteorological events that happened on April 25:

1874

15 inches of late-season snow fell in Newton, NJ.

1875

New York City received three inches of snow, their latest measurable snow on record.

1880

A violent tornado, at times up to 400 yards wide, swept away at least 20 homes in Macon, MS. Pieces of some of the homes were found 15 miles away. 22 people died and 72 were injured. Loaded freight cars were thrown 100 yards into homes. A cloth was carried for eight miles.

1893

The first known official tornado outbreak in central Oklahoma occurred on this date with at least five strong or violent tornadoes. One twister moved through northern Cleveland County, destroying 30 homes. This tornado was more than one mile wide at times.

1896

A violent tornado ½ mile wide cut a swath across Cloud, Clay and Washington Counties in Kansas. As many as 11 people died, all in Clay County and 27 farm homes were destroyed. Newspapers reported that "everything was leveled as if a roller had passed over it." The body of a dead child was reportedly carried ½ mile.

1898

The temperature at Volcano Springs, CA hit 118° to establish a U.S. record for the month of April. However, the reading is now not accepted as reliable.

Fresno, CA tied their highest temperature in April with 101° (4/24/1910). Visalia, CA hit 103°.

1910

Chicago, IL was blanketed with 2.5 inches of snow, and a total of 6.5 inches between the 22nd and the 26th. It was the latest significant snow of record for the city.

1912

Ponca City, OK was struck b tornado causing F4 damage. One person was killed and 119 homes were damaged or destroyed. Dozens of oil derricks were flattened or twisted, southwest of town. The tornado was reportedly visible and audible for 20 miles.

1920

Atlanta, GA received 1.5 inches of snow, and experienced their latest freeze on record with a morning low of 32°. The high of just 39° was only their second daily high colder than 40° in April.

1924

A tornado destroyed three villages and killed "many people" at Pihani in the Oudh district of India. The tornado was about 330 yards wide at times.

1935

Scottsbluff, NE recorded its greatest daily snowfall ever on this day when 17.6 inches covered the city.

1954

A tornado near Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada destroyed a garage, yet left the car inside undamaged.

1969

A cold front associated with a late season storm brought sharp weather changes to eastern Montana. Following a day when numerous stations registered their month's highest readings, the temperatures fell more than 50 degrees in 24 hours.

1984

A major spring storm affected the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains through the 29th. The storm brought heavy snow and strong winds to western South Dakota paralyzing a third of the state for over three days. Snow amounts were heaviest in the northern Black Hills where 67 inches fell at Lead and 44 inches fell at Deadwood. The storm resulted in the loss of large numbers of livestock with, at least 13,000 head of cattle and 15,000 sheep falling victim to the storm. The heavy wet snow wreaked havoc with the electricity as 10,000 people were without power at one time or another; some areas north of Rapid City to the North Dakota border were without power for up to 36 hours. After the heavy snow strong winds produced a major blizzard. The storm resulted in several million dollars worth of damage and losses across western South Dakota. Red Lodge, located in the mountains of southern Montana, reported 73 inches of snow; 5.58 liquid equivalent. The snow depth at Red Lodge on the 27th was 60 inches. Up to 60 inches blanketed the mountains of northern Wyoming. It was rated the worst late season storm on record for much of the affected area.

As heavy snow pounded western South Dakota on the 26th thunderstorms ripped across the eastern portion of the state and into northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota. Two separate lines of storms moved east across the area producing golf ball size hail and winds in excess of 60 mph in some areas. Funnel clouds were sighted near Worthington, MN, but only straight-line wind damage was reported in the area.

In the southern Sierra of California, gusty winds as high as 55 mph blew down trees and knocked down almond trees and cotton crops and damaged some roofs in the San Joaquin Valley.

1986

Chicago, IL recorded high temperatures of 90° on this date and the 26th. Besides setting back-to-back records on both dates, this was the second April in history to record temperatures of at least 90° on two days. The previous year was 1952.

Quincy, IL set the high temperature record for April when the high reached 92°. Springfield, IL tied their April record with 90°. Other daily record highs included: Moline, IL: 93°, Peoria, IL: 92°, St. Louis, MO: 92°, Rockford, IL: 90°, Springfield, IL: 90°, Paducah, KY: 88°, Chattanooga, TN: 88°, Columbia, MO: 86° and Dubuque, IA: 86°

1987

Low pressure off the coast of North Carolina produced heavy rain flooding creeks in the foothills and the piedmont area, before moving out to sea. The low pressure system also produced wind gusts to 50 mph in parts of Virginia.

1988

Thunderstorms racing at 65 mph produced large hail in Alabama and Georgia. Hail damage in Alabama was estimated at $50 million dollars, making it their worst weather disaster since Hurricane Frederick in 1979. Hail three inches in diameter accompanied a tornado near Valdosta, GA. Hail 4.5 inches in diameter; or the size of softballs was reported south of Atlanta, GA near Fayetteville and 2.5 inch diameter hail was reported at Montgomery, AL.

1989

Thunderstorms developing along a stationary front produced severe weather from North Carolina to Indiana and Ohio, with more than 70 reports of large hail and damaging winds. A strong F2 tornado hit Xenia, OH injuring 16 people and causing more than one million dollars damage.

Record high temperatures were set from parts of the Plains to the southeast including: Kansas City, MO: 91°, Nashville, TN: 89°, Atlanta, GA: 88° and Mobile, AL: 88°.

1990

Thunderstorms produced severe weather from Texas to Nebraska. Thunderstorms spawned 15 tornadoes, including a powerful F4 tornado near Weatherford, TX. Between 3pm and 8pm, a storm complex tracking northeastward across central Kansas spawned four tornadoes along a 119-mile path from Ness to Smith Center, with the last tornado on the ground for 55 miles. A tornado moved northeast from near Brownell, KS to 15 miles

north of Hays. 13 farms were damaged or destroyed, with losses totaling about $750,000 dollars.

Del Rio, TX was raked with hail two inches in diameter and over 3.5 inches of rain in a few hours that caused serious street flooding. Winds gusted to 112 mph at Laughlin Air Force Base. Brown and Commanche Counties in Texas were deluged with up to 18 inches of rain, and flooding caused more than $65 million dollars damage.

Many cities in the north central states to the Ohio Valley reported record high temperatures for the date including: Marquette, MI: 89°, Jackson, KY: 89°, Toledo, OH: 88°, Louisville, KY: 88°, Green Bay, WI: 88°, Cleveland, OH: 87°, South Bend, IN: 87°, Chicago, IL: 87°, La Crosse, WI: 87°, Milwaukee, WI: 87°, Youngstown, OH: 86°, Mansfield, OH: 85°, Madison, WI: 85° and Sault Ste. Marie, MI: 85°. Highs of 87° at Flint, MI and 90° at Alpena, MI were records for April.

1994

Strong winds of 60 to 70 mph created dust storms that reduced visibilities to near zero over parts of southwest Kansas. A dust storm warning was issued which is extremely uncommon. Zero visibility in areas forced vehicles off roadways. A Kansas

Highway Patrol spokesman was quoted as saying “it was parallel to whiteout in a snowstorm”.

A tornado was reported in Dallas County, Texas killing three people and injuring 27. Damage totaled $200 million dollars.

Further north, record rainfall occurred in parts of eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. The following locations had their wettest April day on record: Sparta, WI: 3.80", Hokah, MN: 3.55", La Crescent, MN: 3.43", Cashton, WI: 3.22", Ontario, WI: 3.00", Necedah, WI: 2.79", Mather, WI: 2.47" and Goodrich, WI: 1.78".

1996

A snowstorm blanketed northern Minnesota. Baudette picked up 10 inches. International Falls, MN recorded 9.6 inches of snow. The International Falls airport closed for only the second time in history. This brought the city's seasonal snowfall to 116.0 inches. This broke the old seasonal snowfall record of 111.0 inches set in 1992-93.

1997

Amarillo, TX recorded 6.5 inches of snow for its greatest April snowstorm on record.

2002

Firefighters battled a dangerous wildfire about 35 miles southwest of Denver, CO that forced the evacuation of over 1,000 homes around the town of Bailey. Winds of 30mph and very low humidity fed the raging blaze which consumed more than 2,000 acres. The early season fire sparked fears of a very bad summer fire season in parts of the west which were way behind on moisture because of a dry winter.

2004

A late April snowstorm buried Gander, Newfoundland Canada under 14-18 inches of snow.

2008

On this date through the 26th, record snowfall fell over parts of southern Alaska. The National Weather Service Office measured 17.2 inches at its office just south of Anchorage's International Airport and 22 inches in northeast Anchorage. During the afternoon on this date, snowfall rates accumlated at a rate of almost two inches per hour.

2011

Heavy downpours totaled 10.8 inches flooded the streets of Rio de Janerio, Brazil South America and paralyzed the city creating landslides in poor hillside communities. The deluge was over twice the amount of rain expected for the month.

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