April 5

TodayinWeatherHistoryFrom NWS
: Very strong southwesterly winds gusting to as high as 63 mph at Algona brought warm temperatures to much of Iowa topping out at 89 F at Glenwood, Shenandoah, and Sidney. The strong winds resulted in numerous wild fires and considerable soil erosion with vegetation still dormant. Heavy snow would fall across northwestern Iowa just two days later on April 7th.

1982: The second of three snow storms to strike Iowa in a week brought several inches of snow to the state on April 5-6 with 4 to 7 inches falling across about the eastern two thirds. More than 6 inches of snow was reported from the Des Moines metro area east northeast to around Clinton, Dubuque, and Fayette with the highest amounts including 7.5 inches at Cascade and 8.0 inches at Bellvue and Dubuque. Behind the storm very cold air brought temperatures down to record levels for so late in the year, with several stations in northeastern Iowa reporting April record low temperatures below zero on the 6th including -1 F at Boone, Cresco, and Independence, -2 F at Fayette and Indianola, -4 F at Waterloo, and -9 F at Manchester which is the coldest reading ever recorded in Iowa in the month of April.

 This Day in National/World Weather History …
 5 April 1972 → Washington’s deadliest tornado, an F2, moved from the north side of Portland, OR to the east side of Vancouver, WA. Two mothers and three children were killed when a store wall collapsed, and a sixth victim was killed in a bowling alley across the street. About 150 students were hurt by flying glass at Ogden Elementary School.
 5 April 1977 → Flood peaks during April 4-5, 1977, along the Tug Fork and Guyandotte Rivers in West Virginia exceeded all known discharges. Communities along the Tug Fork from Welch to Fort Gay were inundated by 20-25 feet of water. The small communities of Matewan, Thacker, and Lobata were completely inundated. On the Tug Fork near Litwar, the peak stage exceeded the previous highest stage by about 6 feet. A floodwall that protects Williamson to a stage of about 44 feet was overtopped by more than 8 feet.
 5 April 1982 → An unprecedented April blizzard blanketed much of the central and southern Appalachians. Mt. Mitchell, NC received 35 inches of snow, and up to five feet of snow was reported in the mountains along the North Carolina-Tennessee border.
 5 April 1997 → A severe ice and snow storm affected eastern North Dakota with winds up to 65 mph and visibility near zero. The weight of ice downed many power lines and caused a 2000 ft TV tower to collapse.


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This post was written by Schnack on April 5, 2013