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Selected U.S. City
and State Extremes

April 1999

Source NOAA/NWS Forecast Offices and compiled by NCDC. Last Updated 5/20/99






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1. Quillayute, WA experienced a new record minimum temperature for April with a 23 degree reading on April 1.

2. Hilo, HI reached only 68 degrees on April 11. This reading was the lowest maximum ever recorded for any April. The previous record was 70 on April 5, 1973. The all time record lowest for any month was 67 degrees on March 7, 1952.

3. The maximum temperature of 97 degrees on April 15 at Melbourne, FL tied the record for the month of April which was initially set on April 25, 1967.

4. The temperature at Grand Junction, CO dropped to 19 degrees on April 16, breaking the old record for the date of 26 set in 1910. This is also the coldest reading ever for so late in the season.

5. Victoria, TX observed a 38 degree minimum temperature on April 17. This is the latest date in the Spring season that Victoria has experienced temperatures in the 30's.

6. The 31 degree temperature observed at Austin, TX is the latest freeze on record at the airport. Weather observations began at the site in 1943.

7. The maximum temperature at Fairbanks, AK reached 68 degrees on April 18. This is the warmest ever so early in the spring.

8. Many daily maximum temperatures were set in central Alaska on April 19, during a multi-day event that brought the warmest weather ever to occur this early in the spring. Many locations recorded temperatures from 60 to 66 degrees breaking the old records by 4 to 6 degrees F.

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1. Los Angeles Airport, CA recorded 1.35" of rain in on April 11, breaking the one-day April rainfall record of 1.26" set on April 27, 1960. In addition, the 1.61" that fell at Long Beach, CA on the 11th established a new one-day record at that site for the month of April. The previous record was 1.39" on April 4, 1929.

2. Juneau, AK recorded its wettest April on record with 7.56" of precipitation. The previous April record was 5.32" set in 1980. The difference between the previous monthly record and the current record nearly equals the normal monthly amount (2.77") for April. In addition there were 3 days in which 1.00" or more fell. Since records began in 1943, there has been only 9 days in all Aprils with 1.00" or more occurring.

3. Precipitation at Rochester, MN totaled 6.48" for the month, breaking the previous April record of 6.47" set in 1990.

4. At Topeka, KS, the 8.70" of precipitation established a new April record, breaking the previous April record of 8.65" set in 1944.

5. The .83" of rain that fell April in Boston, MA established a record for the driest April. The previous record was set in 1893 with .93". Records have been kept in Boston since 1872.

6. April 1999 ended as the second wettest on record at Amarillo, TX. The total of 6.30" was second to the record set in 1997 with 6.45".

7. 1.62" of rain fell at Cheyenne, WY on April 30. This was the second greatest 24-hour total for this site exceeded only by the 2.45" that fell on April 24, 1929. 8. April 1999 was the driest on record at Mobile, AL with only .08" of rainfall measured. The previous driest April occurred in 1915 with .14".

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1. Record seasonal snowfalls occurred in the eastern and southern Kenai Peninsula of Alaska, as well as several eastern Aleutian Islands. Available water in the snow pack is large and has raised concerns about possible flooding the spring. In the Homer and Seward areas, there is 10-15" of water locked up in the snow. Grandview, south of Portage, has an incredible 40" of water, while Turnagain Pass contains 42" of water. Some record seasonal snows include:
Location         Snowfall Average Snowfall   Old Record  Period of Record (POR)

Whittier          413.8"      227.4"             344.5"         49 years
Seward            214.0"       74.7"             163.9"         51 years
Homer             130.0"       59.6"             119.2"         51 years
*Girdwood Base    361.0"      204.2"             353.6"         36 years
Cold Bay          149.3"       66.7"             115.9"         50 years
Dutch Harbor Apt  169.0"       68.8"             129.1"         48 years
* Girdwood full name is Girdwood Aleyska (*) location is a ski area, amounts listed above is base measurements at the ski area; Girdwood at higher elevations, Girdwood Aleyska Top recorded 735" and Thompson Pass recorded 541".

2. In Lander, WY, 52.7 inches of snow fell during the April 21-24 period, daily amounts were: Wednesday (5.5 inches); Thursday (28.6 inches); Friday (17.6 inches) and Saturday (1.0 inches). Month-to-date snowfall rose to 70.4 inches breaking the old snowiest month record (66.0 inches) set in April 1973 (51 years). The 24-hour all time record snowfall of 23.1 inches set in November 1958 was also broken on Thursday April 22nd when 28.6 inches of snow was recorded.

Landerís precipitation between April 1-25th (rain and melted snow) was 5.72 inches which broke the old April record for precipitation of 5.46 inches set back in 1957.

3. The total of 16.6" of snow that fell in Elko, NV in April 1999 was the second greatest monthly total, exceeded only by the 19.0" that occurred in 1925.

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1. A new Utah state record for a low-elevation wind record (below 5,000 ft) was set at Brigham City airport on April 23, when the site experienced a wind gust of 113 mph.

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None Reported Yet.

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