Pat Shingleton: "Welcome to April"
Maximum sunshine today is providing a nice dry-out with returning showers band thundershowers Sunday night into Monday. Rough weather was reported in many locations for the last days of March. On April 2, 1958, New England recorded one of its worst coastal storms. Beaches from Cape Cod, MA to Portland, ME reported 50 feet of erosion and miles of seawalls and bulkheads were demolished as the storm sandblasted cottages onshore and inland.. On April 3, 1974, a “Super Outbreak” of tornadoes occurred from Alabama to West Virginia causing 315 deaths. An Alabama man was first injured by a twister, found safety in a church and was killed by a second violent tornado. On this date in 1956, a combination of wind, rain, hail and tornadoes swept across Joliet, IL. Nine people were blown through a barricade into an excavation. The only potential risk to this series of showers and thundershowers is a lot of water tossed down in a hort period. This could cause some increases on the watershed of the Amite, Comite, Tickfaw and Tangipahoa River Basins. Folks in these locations are accustomed to rise on these tributaries.