Montgomery Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

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Statement as of 6:00 am CDT on April 20, 2014

...On this date in weather history...

In 1920...Spring was full of deadly tornadoes to which April 20th was a major contributor. That morning...6 violent F4 variants tore across Mississippi and Alabama killing 224 and injuring around 1,300.The deadliest tornado...an F4...ran a 130 mile long Marathon and averaged around one half mile wide as it raced from near Starkville Mississippi northeast to near Muscle Shoals Alabama. It killed 88...nine of them in one family...and injured around 700. Scores of homes were leveled or blown away. Damage totaled around $2 million.Most of the other F4 tornadoes tracks that ranged from 45 to 60 miles long and averaged around one quarter mile wide. In 1901...a record late season snowstorm struck eastern Ohio and the northwest Appalachians. Akron Ohio set its April snowfall record with 15.6 inches in 24 hours with a monthly total of 26.6 inches. Pittsburgh also set their April record with 12.7 inches in 24 hours...and 13.5 inches for the month. Warren Ohio was literally snowed under by an astonishing 35.5 inches.

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