Pat Shingleton: "Late April Episodes"
We say goodbye to April and rewind to some interesting weather events on this date. “Oceania” are land areas that are not a part of a continent. On this date in 1912 a temperature of 108 degrees was recorded at Tuguegarao, Philippines for Oceania’s all-time recorded high. In 1898 the latest-in-the-season measurable snowfall for Washington, D.C. was noted along with a record low of 33 degrees. Also in D.C. on April 30, 1938, meteorologists attending the American Geophysical Union reported baseball sized hail that whitened the ground setting a record hail event. In 1994, straight-line-winds blew a power line onto a fence in Franklin County, PA, electrocuting 15 cows and illuminating the fence like a toaster. In addition, the largest single tornado outbreak occurred on April 3rd and 4th, 1974. For sixteen hours, 148 tornadoes damaged 13 states east of the Mississippi River, including the province of Ontario, Canada. The combined path length was 2,598 miles and deaths totaled 315 people with 5,484 injuries. Six funnels reached F5 intensity with six cities hit twice in the same day. Finally, On April 29, 1933, the deadliest tornado in Louisiana history struck Minden with 28 deaths and 400 injuries. At least five tornadoes will touchdown somewhere in the United States before the season expires. Professor Theodore Fujita, developer of the Fujita scale for determining tornado intensity, waited 30 years before seeing his first live tornado.
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