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Weather on This Date - March 20 - Vernal Equinox




Today in Weather History
for March 20 

March 20, 1875
a massive tornado outbreak tore through the Southeast, with Georgia the hardest hit. Several of the tornadoes were of F-4 strength and overall took a total of 96 lives. (NWS Atlanta)

March 20, 1924 
A late winter storm in Oklahoma produced nearly a foot of snow at Oklahoma City and at Tulsa. (David Ludlum) 

March 20, 1948 
The city of Juneau received 31 inches of snow in 24 hours, a record for the Alaska capitol. (20th-21st) (David Ludlum) 

March 20, 1984 
A severe three day winter storm came to an end over the Central Plains. The storm produced up to twenty inches of snow in Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas, and left a thick coat of ice from eastern Kansas across northwestern Missouri into Iowa. (Storm Data) 

March 20, 1987 
A storm produced blizzard conditions in Wyoming and eastern Nebraska, and severe thunderstorms in central Nebraska. Snowfall totals ranged up to 12 inches at Glenrock WY and Chadron NE. Thunderstorms in central Nebraska produced wind gusts to 69 mph at Valentine, and wind gusts to 76 mph at Bartley. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary) 

March 20, 1988 
Squalls in the Great Lakes Region left up to eight inches of new snow on the ground in time for the official start of spring. Unseasonably warm weather prevailed in the western U.S. Seven cities reported new record high temperatures for the date, including Tucson AZ with a reading of 89 degrees. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary) 

March 20, 1989 
Snow and high winds created blizzard conditions in western Kansas to usher in the official start of the spring season. Thunderstorms produced severe weather from east Texas to Alabama and northwest Florida, with nearly fifty reports of large hail and damaging winds during the afternoon and evening hours. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) 

March 20, 1990 
The northeastern U.S. was in the midst of a snowstorm as spring officially began at 4 19 PM. Snowfall totals in the Green Mountains of Vermont ranged up to thirty inches, and up to 15 inches of snow was reported in the Catskills and Adirondacks of eastern New York State. Totals in eastern Pennsylvania ranged up to 12 inches at Armenia Mountain. The storm resulted in one death, and forty-nine injuries. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) 

March 20, 1996
Snow fell in northern Georgia on the first day of spring. Amounts of up to five inches fell in the northeast Georgia mountains. Up to one inch fell on grassy areas as far south as Atlanta. Numerous traffic accidents were reported, including a 15 car pile-up in the northern suburbs of Atlanta that killed one person.  (NWS Atlanta)

March 20, 2005 
An F1 tornado hits South San Francisco. Trees are uprooted. At least twenty homes and twenty businesses are damaged, including the city's new fire station. 

March 20, 2006 
Grand Island, NE, receives 17.8 inches of snow in 24 hours, breaking the old local record for the most snowfall in a day by 4.8 inches. 29.7 inches in 48 hours also breaks a record. 

Data courtesy of WeatherForYou




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