WX History: March 15th

1938: A tornado hit McPaul, Iowa while moving from southeast to northwest. Another tornado raced through Batesville, Illinois at 60 to 65 mph. Another tornado causing F4 damage killed 10 and injured 12 in St. Clair County, Missouri. This tornado was part of an outbreak that produced four different tornadoes and was responsible for 11 deaths and 42 injuries.

Source: Monthly Weather Review.

1952: On Reunion Island, some 400 miles east of Madagascar, 127.56 inches of rain fell in a three-day period. This set a world record for the most rain in 72 hours. Also from the 15th to the 16th, 73.62 inches of rain fell in this 24 hours period at Cilaos, La Reunion Island in the South Indian Ocean to set a world record. 

1984: Severe storms crossed Arkansas on this today. An F4 tornado was responsible for destroying the Highway 16 bridge by lifting it and throwing it into Greers Ferry Lake.



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