April 1

TodayinWeatherHistoryFrom NWS
: A very sharp temperature gradient across Iowa resulted in snow and a high temperature of only 30 F at Waukon, while the same afternoon at Shenandoah and Sidney the temperature peaked at 77 F.

1924: Unseasonably cold weather in far northwestern Iowa brought the temperature all the way down to -8 F at Inwood which is the second-coldest temperature on record in Iowa in the month of April. Other low temperatures that morning included -1 F at Alton, 2 F at Milford, and 5 F at Alta.

1892: The first day of April saw very strong winds across Iowa, especially across southern and western portions of the state, due to a deepening low pressure system over Kansas and Nebraska. Gale force winds blew all day long, resulting in widespread damage across about the southern half of Iowa. Peak gusts measured at Weather Bureau stations included 60 mph at Davenport and 64 mph at Des Moines. At Clinton a new factory “had its roof taken off and dashed to the ground in a splintered condition” while at Keosauqua it was reported that “a high gale blew down fences, stacks, chimneys, etc., and did some damage to light buildings.” The damage seems to have been even worse in southwestern Iowa closer to the low pressure system, where an observer at Greenfield noted that “many chimneys were blown down by the high wind. At the court-house slates were blown from the roof. Many sheds and a few barns were destroyed.” After a relatively warm and pleasant March across Iowa, the high winds of April 1st heralded a change in the weather that prevailed through the spring of 1892, which was generally regarded as one of the coldest, wettest, and most backward on record and culminated in a remarkably late widespread snowfall on May 20th.

This Day in National/World Weather History …
 1 April 1845 → The first public telegraph line went into service. It was customary among the telegraph operators to advise each other of local weather conditions and even to predict the movement of weather changes.
 1 April 1884 → Of the 30 houses in Oakville, IN, only 3 were left standing after an F5 (estimated) tornado leveled the town. Meteorologists at the time felt it was one of the most intense tornadoes ever recorded. Pieces of obliterated farms were found four miles away. Eight people were killed, mostly children.
 1 April 1960 → TIROS I, the very first weather satellite, was launched from Cape Canaveral.
 1 April 1987 → A tornado touched down briefly during a snow squall on the south shore of White Fish Bay on Lake Superior. A mobile home had its roof ripped off and insulation sucked from the walls.


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This post was written by Schnack on April 1, 2013

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