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This weekend in history

It was an active weekend in parts of the US, Canada and Southeast Asia, as we take a look at this weekend back in history

24 April 1908, Amite, Louisiana, Mississippi, USA: A deadly tornado strikes the comunities of Amite, Louisiana and Purvis, Mississippi killing 143 people. Further north, another tornado kills 91 in Natchez, Mississippi. These two tornadoes rate among the deadliest in US history.

24 April, 1985, Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland, Canada: Pushed by high winds, a late snow storm buries the Avalon Peninsula with 30 cm of snow. Clean-up slow as most snow-clearing equipment was being readied for summer storage.

24 April, 2002, Gillam, Manitoba, Canada: Total snowfall accumulates 13cm in 24 hours.

24 April 2003, Juneau, Alaska, USA: The temperature soars to a maximum of 21 degrees the earliest record of temperature in the twenties to occur tin the state.

24 April 2005, Cleveland, Ohio, USA: Late-season snow falls across portions of the lower Great Lakes. In the greater Cleveland area, 30 cm of snow accumulated in some areas.

24 April, 2007, Thailand: Severe thunderstorms injure several people when coconuts fall from trees during a Buddhist monk’s ordination party. Two people were killed by a tree that fell in the midst of a thunderstorm. A number of people attending were also injured as the storm caused large numbers of coconuts to fall from the trees.


25 April 1898, Volcano Springs, California, USA: The temperature rose to 47.8 degrees, establishing a US record for the month of April.

25 April, 1924, Pihani, India: A tornado demolishes three villages at Pihani in Indian district of Oudh killing “many people.” 

25 April, 1954, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada: A tornado near Nanaimo destroys a garage, yet leaves the car inside undamaged.

25 April, 2004, Gander, Newfoundland, Canada: A late April snowstorm buries Gander with a one-day record 35 cm of snow and a total storm snow accumulation of over 40 cm.


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