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Weather History: April 9: Record temps, storms, snow, tornadoes, wind & flooding

Meteorological events that happened on April 9th:

Here is a piece of weather folklore stating "circle around the moon, it will rain or snow soon". The circle that you can sometimes see around the moon is caused by refraction of light through ice crystals. These ice crystals are quite high in the troposphere and are usually associated with a thin layer of cirrus clouds. Often this layer of ice crystals will precede a developing storm by 24 to 36 hours. The circle does not mean it will rain or snow, but it can be an indicator that there may be a chance of precipitation in the next couple of days.


Oregon Inlet, NC was widened ¾ of a mile by a powerful nor'easter.


The Great Penobscot River Flood occurred in Maine. Bangor, ME had several bridges washed out. Some areas received 6 inches of rain in two days.


Perth, Western Australia recorded its hottest April day on record, dating back to 1897 as the temperature reached 100°.


Boston, MA recorded 9.1 inches of snow, which would stand as the April record until 1982 when 13.2 inches fell.


The temperature dropped below freezing at Sioux Falls, SD. That in itself is nothing special, but the fact that the temperature at Sioux Falls did not drop below freezing again until October 23rd of this year, means that it was the longest such stretch on record. This gave the Sioux Falls area 197 days freeze free days in a row.


The deadliest tornado in Oklahoma history tore through the northwest part of the state. A vast majority of the destruction and loss of life was in Woodward, where 108 people perished, and more than 700 others were injured. In Oklahoma, the tornado killed 116 people (181 people overall) and injured more than 1,400. The tornado first touched down near the community of White Deer, in the Texas Panhandle, crossed through the northwest Oklahoma counties of Ellis, Woodward, and Woods, and finally dissipated near Saint Leo, Kansas. The tornado was up to one and one half miles wide as it clipped along at more than 40 mph, along the 221 mile long path through the three states. A man looking out his front door was swept by a tornado from his home near Higgins, TX and carried 200 feet over trees. A tornado moved from 7 miles north of Meade KS to 13 miles east-northeast of Dodge City, KS. Farms were leveled at several points along the path. Two homes were swept away. Damage locations indicated an erratic path, a family or tornadoes, or strong associated downbursts. Total damage was $225,000 dollars. The bodies of two people, thought to be together at Glazier, TX, were found three miles apart. The entire town of Glazier, TX was destroyed and never rebuilt.


A heavy thunderstorm dropped hail south of Fresno, CA that stripped canes from grape vines and damaged fruit trees. The high winds also beat down alfalfa crops.


As the Weather Bureau started a new era of tracking storms by radar, the first radar image of a tornado was detected by radar equipment at the University of Illinois Airport at Champaign, IL. Studies of the radar pictures from that day showed that a tornado of significant size and intensity could be detected.

Fresno, CA tied a record for their latest freezing temperature of 32°. This record was tied on 4/7/1932 and 4/1/1975.


A very wet 3 day period over La Reunion Island came to an end. Aurere received 97.20 inches between the 7th and 9th and between the 6th and 9th, they received a total of 123.32 inches.


A cold late-season storm that started on this day and ended on the 10th brought heavy rainfall to the region. 4.28 inches of precipitation fell in Palomar Mountain, 4.24 inches in Lytle Creek, 3.62 inches in Big Bear Lake, 2.43 inches in Idyllwild, and 1.54 inches in Riverside. More than one foot of snow fell in the mountains.

The Houston Astrodome opened on this date. The Houston Astros battled the New York Yankees in an exhibition game watched by almost 48,000 fans including President and Mrs. Johnson. The game was played at a comfortable 72°. If the game had been played outdoors, the players would have competed in 80° heat and high humidity.


A severe late season snowstorm was in progress across Iowa, southeastern Minnesota, northern Illinois, and southern Wisconsin. Wind gusts to 70 mph whipped the snow into 16 foot drifts in parts of Iowa. 10 to 20 inches of snow was common with 20 inches falling at Grand Meadow, MN and 19.4 inches piling up at Dubuque, IA. Richland Center, WI reported 12 inches; their greatest 24-hour total. 10.3 inches fell at La Crosse, WI setting their greatest 24-hour total.

In northern Missouri it was the worst April blizzard on record. Up to a foot of snow fell and wind gusts up to 60 mph piled drifts 6 to 10 feet high, leaving many motorists stranded. The storm claimed the life of one person.


Denver, CO enjoyed a record high temperature of 81° and tied a record high the next day with 80°.

A storm brought 15.5 inches of rain to Jolo, WV in 30 hours.


The second of two late-season snowstorms affected much of Illinois over a 3-day period ending on this date. The heaviest snowfall was reported from near Peoria southwest to Macomb, with up to 7 inches of snow. Snowfall in excess of 5 inches was found in a wide area extending from Quincy east to Bloomington.


The hottest day in Malaysian history occurred as the temperature reached 101° at Chuping. This record was tied nine days later.


The mercury rose to 77° at International Falls, MN; as the normally cold location recorded its sixth straight record high for the date.


A sharp cold front sweeping across the upper Midwest gave Sioux City, IA two inches of snow after recording a record high the day before of 88°. Glasgow, MT recorded a wind gust of 60 mph during the frontal passage.


Six to 12 inches of snow fell across the Front Range Foothills of Colorado. Boulder received up to 8 inches and 5 inches fell at Stapleton Airport in Denver causing flight delays. I-25 south of Denver was closed for four hours due to a 100 car pileup.

Many cities in the southwestern U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 80° at Eureka, CA established a record for the month of April.


Thunderstorms developing ahead of a cold front produced severe weather from the Northern Plains to Arkansas and northern Texas. Severe thunderstorms spawned five tornadoes, with 70 reports of large hail and damaging winds. A tornado injured four people at Ardmore, OK, and thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 70 mph at Kellyville, OK, and hail 3 inches in diameter at Halmstead, KS.


A large portion of the eastern U.S. was battered by severe thunderstorms with 503 severe weather events reported. 38 tornadoes touched down with the most significant one beginning its 18 mile path at Guthrie, KY. This F2 tornado did over $500,000 dollars in damage. 3 inch diameter hailstones fell in Switzerland County, Indiana. Two people were killed and 86 were injured from intense straight line thunderstorm winds exceeding 100 mph in West Virginia. 45 of the 55 counties in West Virginia reported wind damage. Total damage was estimated at $16 million dollars.


A tornado touched down 3 ½ miles west-southwest of Kismet, KS and moved east northeast across highway 54 and east into Meade County. The tornado struck the southern part of Meade. It ended one mile southeast of Meade after doing extensive damage to Meade High School, power lines, and several business in southern

Meade Township. Damage estimates were at $1.3 million dollars. In Seward County, a tornado struck a car and mobile home two miles east of Kismet, KS. Two adults were in the car and one adult and five children were in the mobile home. All eight sustained minor injuries and the mobile home was demolished. The tornado had a maximum path width of 1,000 yards in Seward County, but expanded to a maximum width of a mile southeast of Plains in Meade County.


Glasgow, MT recorded 12.2 inches of snow in 24 hours; their greatest April 24 hour snowfall on record. Their all-time greatest 24-hour snowfall record was 14.1 inches set on 4/2/1940.

An F5 tornado ripped through the suburbs of Birmingham, AL killing 32 people, injuring 160 others, destroying 100 homes and severely damaging nearly 500 others.


Record cold temperatures across the Midwest headed south. Low temperatures dropped to the mid 20s well into the Texas panhandle, while cold records were broken in states from Vermont to Kentucky. Bismarck, N.D., broke an 1881 record by 9 degrees with a record low with 1°. Minneapolis, MN set a record low of 16° and St. Louis, MO set a record low with 25°.


A record April snowfall of 14.6 inches shut down Montreal, Quebec Canada. A bigger problem occurred as snow removal contracts ended on April 1.


Thunderstorms dumped 2.01 inches of rain in 24 hours on Marrakech, Morocco. Their average April rainfall is 1.22 inches.


A spring storm brought heavy snow to the Colorado Rockies with the heaviest snow falling in the foothills and higher terrain. Snowfall totals included: 20 inches near Jamestown, 18 inches atop Gold Hill, 17 inches near Evergreen, 15 inches at Nederland & Eldora, 13 inches at Blackhawk, 11 inches at Aspen Springs, 9 inches at Louisville, 8 inches at Ken Caryl, 6 inches at Niwot near Sedalia and in Thornton and 5 inches at Lakewood, Lyons and Westminster. 4.4 inches fell in Denver.


An early spring snowstorm hit the Front Range Foothills in Colorado. Snowfall totals included: 12.5 inches at Aspen Springs, 11 inches four miles southwest of Conifer, 10.5 inches three miles north of Central City and six miles southwest of Evergreen. Five to nine inches fell elsewhere with just under two inches reported in Denver.


Numerous wildfires spread across central Oklahoma. The event began as a fairly strong surface low pressure system moved through northern Oklahoma, with an associated dry line positioned over central Oklahoma. Extremely dry air, combined with westerly winds gusting well over 50 mph, created conditions that allowed wildfires to grow out of control. Many homes and structures were burned, primarily in and near Midwest City. Luckily, no one was killed as a result of the fires.


A severe weather outbreak across the Midwest and the Southeast spawned as many as 31 tornadoes across Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina. One of the hardest hit communities was Mapleton, IA. Officials estimated that more than half the town was damaged or destroyed, but amazingly, none of the 1200 residents were killed by the EF3 tornado that cut a path about 3.5 miles long and three-quarters of a mile wide.


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