April 30

TodayinWeatherHistoryFrom NWS
: A late season snow storm affected eastern and southeastern Iowa dropping a quick 6.0 inches of snow at Dubuque which is the highest total on record so late in the season at that location. Other snowfall accumulations included 4.0 inches at Marion and 3.0 inches at Columbus Junction.

1936: Several tornadoes touched down across Iowa. One produced F4 damage in Estherville with at least 50 buildings destroyed and several people injured. Another F4 tornado moved from northwest of Everly to Lake Okoboji, killing 2 people and injuring 15 before dissipating as a waterspout over the lake.

1909: Rain fell across nearly all of Iowa then changed to snow across about the northern half of the state, with many stations reporting light accumulations including 1.0 inches at Algona and Mason City and 1.5 inches at Le Mars and New Hampton. Flurries continued through the day on May 1st and some locations reported significant blowing of snow as winds increased. Behind the storm unseasonably cold air filtered into the region for the first several days of May, with temperatures falling to as low as 20 F at Sheldon on the 1st and 18 F at Inwood on the 2nd and Washta on the 3rd. At Grand Meadow in Cherokee County the last of the snow drifts did not melt until May 5th.

This Day in National/World Weather History …
 30 April 1054 → The earliest tornado reported in Europe occurred on this day. It was in Rosdalla, Ireland.
 30 April 1852 → A significant tornado outbreak spread across Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky. One tornado touched down near Paducah, KY, crossed into Illinois, and then crossed back into Kentucky, ending near Carrsville. Another tornado struck just south of New Harmony, IN and was said to have felled trees at a rate of 7,000 per minute.
 30 April 1888 → During a hailstorm in Moradabad, India baseball-sized hailstones killed over 230 people and more than 1600 animals.
 30 April 1924 → A large tornado outbreak struck a five-state region from Alabama to Virginia. One tornado family was on the ground for 105 miles and caused up to F4 damage from Aiken County to Darlington County in south-central South Carolina. Though no large towns were hit, 53 lives were still taken from rural communities by that tornado family.
 30 April 1989 → This day ended the first April in Oklahoma City’s history during which no thunderstorms occurred.
 30 April 2011 → There were 753 tornadoes in the U.S. in April 2011, the most ever recorded in a month (beating the old record by 211).


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This post was written by Schnack on April 30, 2013

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