WX History: April 25th

1875: New York City received three inches of snow, the latest measurable snow on record for that location.

1880: A violent tornado, at times up to 400 yards wide, swept away at least 20 homes in Macon, Mississippi. Pieces of some of the homes were found 15 miles away. 22 people died, and 72 were injured. Loaded freight cars were thrown 100 yards into homes.

1910: Chicago, Illinois was blanketed with 2.5 inches of snow, and a total of 6.5 inches between the 22nd and the 26th. It was the latest significant snow of record for the city. Atlanta, Georgia also received late season snowfall when 1.5 inches fell. Their 32 degrees low is the latest freeze on record.

1912: Ponca City, Oklahoma was struck by an estimated F4 tornado. One person was killed, and 119 homes were damaged or destroyed. Dozens of oil derricks were flattened or twisted, southwest of town. The tornado was reportedly visible and audible for 20 miles.

April 25, 1912 Ponca City Tornado
The image above is courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Source: Library of Congress.

1990: Thunderstorms produced severe weather from Texas to Nebraska. Thunderstorms spawned fifteen tornadoes, including a powerful F4 tornado near Weatherford, Texas. Between 3 PM and 8 PM, a storm complex tracking northeastward across central Kansas spawned four tornadoes along an 119-mile path from Ness to Smith Center, with the last tornado on the ground for 55 miles. Del Rio TX was hit with hail two inches in diameter and wind gusts to 112 mph. Brown County and Commanche County in Texas were deluged with up to 18 inches of rain, and flooding caused more than 65 million dollars damage.

April 25, 1990 Ellis County, KS tornado
Above is the F3 tornado as it entered the southwestern part of Ellis County. This tornado destroyed 13 farms. The photograph is courtesy of Mike Corn, Harris News Service in Hays, Kansas.

Source: Storm Data.

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