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Today APRIL 17TH, 1922-A family of at least six tornadoes caused death and destruction along parts of a 210 mile path from north of Ogden IL to Allen County OH, killing sixteen persons. A post card, picked up in Madison County IN, was found 124 miles away near Mount Cory OH.
 
APRIL 17TH, 1965-The Mississippi River reached a flood crest at Saint Paul MN four feet higher than any previous mark. During the next two weeks record levels were reached along the Mississippi between Saint Paul and Hannibal MO. Flooding caused more than 100 million dollars damage, but timely warnings kept the death toll down to just twelve persons.
 
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Apr 16 APRIL 16TH, 1851-The famous "Lighthouse Storm" raged near Boston Harbor. Whole gales and gigantic waves destroyed Minot Light with its two keepers still inside. The storm resulted in great shipping losses and coastal erosion.
 
APRIL 16TH, 1933-Franklin Lake NH was buried under 35 inches of snow.
 
Apr 15 APRIL 15TH, 1921-Two mile high Silver Lake CO received 76 inches of snow in 24 hours, the heaviest 24 hour total of record for North America. The storm left a total of 87 inches in twenty-seven and a half hours.
 
APRIL 15TH, 1927-New Orleans LA was drenched with 14.01 inches of rain, which established a 24 hour rainfall record for the state.
 
Apr 14 APRIL 14TH, 1886-A devastating tornado, 800 yards in width at times, cut a twenty mile path through Saint Cloud MN killing 74 persons. The bottom of the Mississippi River was said to have been seen during the tornado's crossing. Eleven persons were killed at a wedding party near the town of Rice.
 
APRIL 14TH, 1873-A famous Easter blizzard raged across Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota. Gale force winds blew the wet snow into massive drifts, however there were few deaths due to the sparse population and due to the gradual increase of the storm.
 
Apr 13 APRIL 13TH, 1877-The second coastal storm in just three days hit Virginia and the Carolinas. The first storm flattened the sand dunes at Hatteras, and widened the Oregon inlet three quarters of a mile. The second storm produced hurricane force winds along the coast of North Carolina causing more beach erosion and land transformation.
 
APRIL 13TH, 1955-The town of Axis AL was deluged with 20.33 inches of rain in 24 hours establishing a state record.
 
Apr 12 APRIL 12TH, 1861-The Civil War begins under rainy skies as Confederate forces capture Fort Sumpter, at the entrance of Charleston Harbor, in South Carolina. 1927: A tornado kills 72 and destroys Rock Springs, TX.
 
APRIL 12TH, 1934-Winds atop Mount Washington NH averaged 186 mph for five minutes, with a peak gust of 231 mph, the highest wind speed ever clocked in the world.
 
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