1849: Charleston, South Carolina recorded their latest freeze ever with a temperature of 32 degrees while 6 inches of snow fell at Wilmington, North Carolina. Snow fell as far south as Milledgeville, Georgia. A damaging hard freeze occurred from Texas to Georgia devastating the cotton crop.
On this April day (and Sunday) in 1849, a snowstorm in Columbia SC of at least 6 inches. The following day, a huge killing frost, the “Last Great Widespread Killing Frost” in the American South. pic.twitter.com/0Fl0B468hQ
— Cary Mock (@cary_mock) April 15, 2018
1851: “The Lighthouse Storm” of 1851 struck New England on this date. Heavy gales and high seas pounded the coasts of New Hampshire and eastern Massachusetts. The storm arrived at the time of a full moon, and high tide was producing unusually high storm tides. The storm was so named because it destroyed the lighthouse at Cohasset, Massachusetts. Two assistant lighthouse keepers were killed there when the structure was swept away by the storm tide.
1939: In Arkansas, nine tornadoes tracked across the southern and eastern portion of the state. Tornadoes killed 30 people.
— NWS Little Rock (@NWSLittleRock) April 14, 2017
1947: Ammonium Nitrate explosion occurred aboard the S.S. Grandcamp docked in Texas City. The explosion killed 400 to 600 people.
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— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) April 14, 2017
1998: An F3 tornado hits downtown Nashville causing extensive damage but no loss of life. An additional 62 tornadoes touched down in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee. These tornadoes caused 12 fatalities and approximately 120 injuries.
Source: NWS Office in Nashville, TN.
2011: Thirty, confirmed tornadoes occurred in North Carolina on this day. Five of the tornadoes were rated EF-3.
Sunday will be the 6 year anniversary of the historic April 16, 2011 Tornado Outbreak. https://t.co/rZS22EKQca
— NWS Raleigh (@NWSRaleigh) April 13, 2017
2008: Typhoon Neoguri forms over the South China Sea on the 15th and rapidly intensifying to attain typhoon strength by the 16th, reaching its peak intensity on the 18th with maximum sustained winds near 109 mph. More than 120,000 people are evacuated from Hainan when heavy rains cause flash floods in low-lying areas. Three fatalities are attributed to the storm, though 40 fishermen are reported missing. Neoguri made landfall in China earlier than any other tropical cyclone on record, about two weeks before the previous record set by Typhoon Wanda in 1971.