Meteorological events that happened on March 5th:
President James Monroe's inauguration was only the 2nd to be held outdoors. The weather did not cooperate, as a mix of rain and snow fell with temperatures in the upper 20’s.
It was the most severe modern March cold wave in the East. Boston, MA had a low of -8° on the 6th, the coldest in March since 1833.
Washington, D.C. recorded a low of 6°. This is the latest it has ever been below 10°.
The low temperature of 36° at San Diego, CA on this day was their lowest on record for March.
On this date through the 10th, Morden, Manitoba Canada was buried under 48 inches of snow.
It was 28° in Santa Ana, CA; their lowest temperature on record for March.
Honolulu, HI recorded 17.41 inches of rain to set their all-time 24-hour rainfall record.
Near blizzard conditions occurred over northern and central Oklahoma. Up to seven inches of snow fell, and winds up to 50 mph created snow drifts 4 to 8 feet deep. In Edmond, a bus slid off the road into a ditch and overturned, injuring 16 people.
Eastern Massachusetts’ greatest March snowstorm began to abate. The storm produced record 24 hour snowfall totals of 27.2 inches at the Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, 17.7 inches at Worcester, and 16.6 inches at Boston. Winds gusted as high as 70 mph.
The lowest temperatures on record at St. Louis, MO of -5° and Columbia, MO at -9° for the month of March were recorded.
A tremendous storm raged along the Atlantic coast. The great Atlantic storm caused more than $200 million dollars property damage from Florida to New England. Winds along the Mid-Atlantic Coast reached 70 mph with 40 foot waves, and as much as 33 inches of snow blanketed the mountains of Virginia. The Virginia shoreline was rearranged by historic tidal flooding caused by the combination of the long stretch of strong onshore winds and the "Spring Tides".
It was 100° at Palm Springs, CA; the earliest date in the year to reach the century mark on record.
A storm in the western U.S. produced heavy rain and high winds in California. Up to 6 inches of rain soaked the San Francisco Bay area in 24 hours, and winds gusted to 100 mph at the Wheeler Ridge Pumping Plant near the Tehachapi Mountains.
While snow blanketed eastern Kansas and northern Oklahoma, several cities in North Dakota reported new record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 61° at Bismarck, ND was 27 degrees warmer than Chanute, KS.
Thunderstorms produced severe weather in the southeastern U.S. A strong F-2 tornado killed one person and injured 6 others in Heard County, Georgia. A strong F3 tornado injured 23 people and caused more than $5 million dollars damage around Grantville, GA.
Thunderstorms over eastern Colorado, developing ahead of a major storm system, produced up to 3 inches of small hail around Colorado Springs in the late morning and early afternoon. Strong thunderstorms swept through southeastern sections of the Denver area during the evening hours. These strong thunderstorms also produced wind gusts to 50 mph, and as much as 2.4 inches of rain.
Perth, Western Australia recorded its hottest March day on record, dating back to 1897 as the temperature reached 108°.
It was the snowiest winter ever at Elkins, WV as they received a season total of 124 inches, Erie, PA recorded 125 inches. Boston, MA, Binghamton, NY, Hartford, CT and Worcester, MA would set their seasonal snowfall records.
Heavy rain that started on this day and ended the next day dropped 6 inches in 24 hours and 10.34 inches in 48 hours at Idyllwild, CA. The 6 inches gave this day the third greatest daily amount on record (but only the second greatest daily amount for March). 8.57 inches fell in 24 hours and 14.58 inches fell in 48 hours at Palomar Mountain, CA. A mudslide at La Conchita, CA killed 6 people as floodwaters washed out a stretch of I-5 closing it for over a week. The toll from a series of Pacific storms: 27 killed, $3 billion dollars in damage, and 10,000 homes damaged.
A major wildfire near Miami, FL threatened homes as southern Florida continued in its worst drought in 200 years. Rainfall amounts were as much 5 feet below normal over the preceding 3 years. The Florida Aquifer, which supplies most of the potable water, was reportedly at its lowest level in history as intense development combined with the drought reduced water levels.
Minneapolis, MN established a new record for the fewest number of days between 70° temperature readings; from the last date in the autumn to the first date in the spring. This season only 113 days passed, the previous record was 131 days, the average, 175 days.
The first blizzard to strike the community of Normal Wells, Northwest Territories Canada in over 20 years stranded nine who were traveling in three snowmobiles, on the Tuktoyaktuk ice road in the Mackenzie Delta. Despite frigid winds of 50 mph, rescuers located the group and transport them to a nearby camp.
The morning temperature dropped to -51° at Key Lake, Saskatchewan Canada.
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