WX History: March 29th

1886: Rainfall amounts of 6-12 inches occurred over northwest Georgia in a 3-day period from March 29 through April 2. This caused record flooding on the Oostanaula and Etowah Rivers that merge to form the Coosa River. Floodwaters up to 11 feet deep covered portions of Broad Street in Rome, GA with extensive record flooding. The stage height reached 40.3 feet. Flood stage is 25 feet. This record flood and another major flood in 1892 prompted the citizens of Rome to raise the town by 12 feet. This feat was accomplished by bringing in thousands of wagon loads of dirt. An official rainfall amount of 7.36 inches was recorded on this day in Atlanta. The 7.36 inches is the most Atlanta has seen in one day since record-keeping began in 1878.

March 29, 1886 Map of Rome Flood 2
The Google Map above is Rome, Georgia. The Etowah River is on the right, and the Oostanaula is in the top center. These two rivers merge to form the Coosa River on the left side. The red Rome in the center of the map is also Broad Street.
March 29, 1886 Map of Rome Flood
Downtown Rome during the Flood of 1886.

Source: RoadsideGeorgia.com

1942: A slow-moving low-pressure system brought 11.5 inches of snow to the nation’s capital on March 29, 1942. It still stands as the highest March snowfall on record in Washington, D.C. on a single calendar day. Also, Baltimore, Maryland recorded a very impressive total of 21.9 inches of snow on the same day. On the flip side, eight days later, the temperature in D.C. soared to 92 degrees on April 6, 1942, and it remains the highest temperature on record for April 6.

Source: The Weather Prediction Center’s Facebook video.

1976: An F3 tornado affected Cabot, Arkansas, killing 5 and injuring 64 others. Click HERE for more information from the Arkansas Weather Blog.

1998: A supercell thunderstorm produced 13 tornadoes across southern Minnesota. The strongest tornado was an F4. Two people died during this tornado event. 

Source: Storm Data.


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