On This Day In Weather History - March 4


1978   The temperature dropped to 4 degrees below zero at the Downtown Airport and to a minus 10 at KCI, to give the only below zero readings for March 4th.


1899   Cyclone Mahina crossed the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, killing 400 people. Central pressure was estimated at 26.90 inches of mercury.

1909   The Inauguration ceremony of President William H. Taft was forced indoors due to a blizzard that dropped 10 inches of snow on the Capital. Strong winds toppled trees and telephone poles. All activity was brought to a standstill. It took 6,000 men and 500 wagons to clear 58,000 tons of snow and slush from the parade route. Despite the freezing temperatures, howling wind, snow, and sleet, a large crowd gathered in front of the Capitol to view the inauguration, but the weather forced the ceremony indoors. Just after the swearing-in, the snow tapered off.

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