April 28

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1994
: A late season snow storm struck far northwestern Iowa producing accumulations generally in the 5 to 8 inch range, with snow falling heavily at rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour in some locations. Reported accumulations included 4.0 inches at Orange City and Sheldon, 5.0 inches at Sibley where the high temperature for the day was only 32 F, and 8.0 inches at Rock Rapids.

1974: Several tornadoes touched down in eastern Iowa including an F2 that injured 16 people when it hit a trailer park near West Branch.

1910: A very erratic April continued in Iowa as multiple rounds of snow and severe freezing temperatures were recorded on the 15th-26th, causing widespread significant damage to trees, fruit, and vegetables, then were followed by rapid warming and record breaking heat by the 28th. Inwood recorded a high temperature of 99 F on the 28th which set an all-time Iowa April record that would stand for nearly 70 years. Other reported high temperatures that afternoon included 98 F at Sheldon and Sioux City, 97 F at Odebolt and Onawa, and 96 F at Humboldt, Larrabee, Plover, Rockwell City, and Washta. Amazingly this record heat came only four days after temperatures on the morning of the 24th had fallen to as low as 21 F at Albia and Fort Dodge and 20 F at Storm Lake. Thus the temperature across Iowa rose 79 degrees in just four days.

This Day in National/World Weather History …
 28 April 1928 → A coastal storm produced tremendous late season snows in the central Appalachians, including 35 inches at Bayard, WV, 31 inches at Somerset, PA, and 30 inches at Grantsville, MD. High winds accompanying the heavy wet snow uprooted trees and unroofed a number of homes.
 28 April 2002 → An F4 tornado hit La Plata, MD and traveled a path 6 miles long. The storm killed 3 and injured 90.
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This post was written by Schnack on April 28, 2013