HISTORICAL WEATHER EVENTS - 20 March
FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
- Notice the Equinox -- The vernal equinox, which marks the commencement of astronomical spring, occurs this morning (officially at 1615Z on 20 March 2018, or 12:15 PM EDT or 11:15 AM CDT, etc.). Today the Sun would appear to rise directly to your east and set directly west of you.
From the files of the Aviation Weather Center, Kansas
City, MO and Intellicast
- ...1875...A massive tornado outbreak tore through the Southeast, with Georgia the hardest hit. Several of the tornadoes were of F4 strength, up to a mile wide, and took a total of 96 lives. (National Weather Service files)
- ...1924...A late winter storm in Oklahoma produced nearly a
foot of snow at Oklahoma City and at Tulsa. (David Ludlum)
- ...1948...An F3 tornado tracked through Tinker Air Force
Base in Oklahoma City, OK and destroyed 52 aircraft. More than $10
million damage was done making this the costliest tornado on
record up to the time in Oklahoma. US Air Force Major Ernest W. Fawbush and Captain Robert C. Miller were ordered to see if operationally forecasting tornadoes were possible. The tornado prompted the first attempt at tornado forecasting. Forecasters at Tinker believed conditions were again favorable for tornadoes five days later on 25 March, and issued the first recorded tornado forecast. At 6pm on the 25th, a forecasted tornado occurred, crossing the prepared base and damage was minimized. Their successful, albeit somewhat lucky forecast paved the way for tornado forecasts to be issued by the US Weather Bureau after a long ban. (National Weather Service files)
The city of Juneau received 31 inches of snow in 24 hours, a record for
the Alaska capital. (20 th-21st)
(David Ludlum) (Intellicast)
- ...1984...A severe three-day winter storm came to an end
over the Central Plains. The storm produced up to twenty inches of snow
in Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas, and left a thick coat of ice from
eastern Kansas across northwestern Missouri into Iowa. (Storm Data)
- ...1987...A storm produced blizzard conditions in Wyoming
and eastern Nebraska, and severe thunderstorms in central Nebraska.
Snowfall totals ranged up to 12 inches at Glenrock, WY and Chadron, NE.
Thunderstorms in central Nebraska produced wind gusts to 69 mph at
Valentine, and wind gusts to 76 mph at Bartley. (Storm Data) (The
National Weather Summary)
- ...1988...Squalls in the Great Lakes Region left up to
eight inches of new snow on the ground in time for the official start
of spring. Unseasonably warm weather prevailed in the western U.S.
Seven cities reported new record high temperatures for the date,
including Tucson, AZ with a reading of 89 degrees. (Storm Data) (The
National Weather Summary)
- ...1989...Snow and high winds created blizzard conditions
in western Kansas to usher in the official start of the spring season.
Thunderstorms produced severe weather from east Texas to Alabama and
northwest Florida, with nearly fifty reports of large hail and damaging
winds during the afternoon and evening hours. (The National Weather
Summary) (Storm Data)
- ...1990...The northeastern U.S. was in the midst of a
snowstorm as spring officially began at 4:19 PM. Snowfall totals in the
Green Mountains of Vermont ranged up to thirty inches, and up to 15
inches of snow was reported in the Catskills and Adirondacks of eastern
New York State. Totals in eastern Pennsylvania ranged up to 12 inches
at Armenia Mountain. The storm resulted in one death, and forty-nine
injuries. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
- ...1995...Dense fog along Interstate 10 near Mobile, AL caused a 167-car pileup that killed one and injured 71. (National Weather Service files)
- ...1998...A deadly tornado outbreak occurred over portions of the southeastern United States on this day. Particularly hard hit were rural areas outside of Gainesville, Georgia, where at least 12 people were killed during the early morning hours. The entire outbreak killed 14 people and produced 12 tornadoes across three states with the town of Stoneville, North Carolina being also hard hit by the storms. (National Weather Service files)
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