Atmospheric Archive is a new feature on my weather blogs. Look for several each week which will highlight extreme weather events across the nation, and of course locally. Enjoy - Steve LaNore
April 8, 2003
An extreme hail event pummeled Brownsville, TX. A severe thunderstorm crossed the border from northern Mexico and dropped great amounts of wind-driven hail upon the city. The hail pock marked roofs, broke thousands of windows, (both cars and buildings) damaged the citrus crops in the area. This was a morning storm, which took place from 9:25am to 9:50am. The Brownsville Police Department reported 12 cruisers with windshields shattered by hail, and Hanna High School reported 285 vehicles with windows broken by hail. Damage was placed at $50 million.
Huge tornado moving through northern Alabama, April 8, 1998
April 8, 1998
An EF-5 tornado began in rural sections of eastern Tuscaloosa County, AL. The tornado moved through primarily rural and unpopulated areas at first, and then cut across densely populated areas near Birmingham. According to American Red Cross surveys, 608 homes were destroyed, 556 sustained major damage, and another 810 had minor damage. There were 1,164 families with homes that were unlivable. This was a severe tornado event with 32 dead, 258 injured, and $200 million in damage.
April 8, 1995
Heavy snow and freezing rain fell over a four day period in South Dakota. Two feet of snow fell at Platte and Wessington Springs, and most of the area measured more than a foot of snow.