On This Day

Weather History for April 1
1884   Of the 30 houses in Oakville, IN, only 3 were left standing after an F5 (estimated) tornado leveled the town. Meteorologists at the time felt it was one of the most intense tornadoes ever recorded. Pieces of obliterated farms were found four miles away. Eight people were killed, mostly children.

1960   TIROS I, the very first weather satellite, was launched from Cape Canaveral.

1987   A tornado touched down briefly during a snow squall on the south shore of White Fish Bay on Lake Superior. A mobile home had its roof ripped off and insulation sucked from the walls.

Data courtesy of the National Weather Service