National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

It seems as though when you think about Palm Sunday weather, the first things that come to mind are tornado outbreaks.  Below are a few of the more notable "Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreaks" over the years.

For more general Palm Sunday climate information for Dubuque, IA and Moline, IL see below.
 

Date

Number
of
Tornadoes

Rating

Fatalities

States
Affected

Remarks

3/28/1920

>38

F2-F4

380

AL, GA,
IL, IN,
MO, OH,
WI


One tornado tracked from the western suburbs of Chicago northeast out over Lake Michigan dispelling the myth that a tornado can't strike a big city.
 

4/5/1936

17

F4-F5

436

AL, AR,
GA, MS,
SC, TN


Particularly hard hit were the towns of Tupelo, MS and Gainesville, GA.  It is believed that a very young Elvis Presley was one of the survivors.
 

4/11/1965

47

F1-F4

271

IA, IL,
IN, MI,
OH


The first tornadic storm of the outbreak developed around 12:45 pm near Tipton, IA producing an F4 tornado in Clinton County Iowa around 12:55 pm.

The Tornado Watch and Warning Program, still in use today, was implemented as a result of the terrible death toll from this outbreak.

 

3/27/1994

27

F0-F4

42

AL, GA,
SC, NC


This outbreak was at its strongest during the late morning hours when church services were in progress.  Twenty people were killed when the roof of Goshen United Methodist Church collapsed after being struck by a tornado.

 

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  ...THE MOLINE IL WEATHER HISTORY REPORT FOR...       |  ...THE DUBUQUE IA WEATHER HISTORY REPORT FOR...      
                 ...PALM SUNDAY...                     |                 ...PALM SUNDAY...       
                                                       |                                                         
  CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010                   |  CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010                     
  CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1872 TO 2017                   |  CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1874 TO 2017                     
                                                       |                                                         
  WEATHER              OBSERVED                 % OF   |  WEATHER              OBSERVED                 % OF     
                          VALUE     DATE(S)    RECORD  |                          VALUE     DATE(S)    RECORD    
  ...................................................  |  ...................................................    
  TEMPERATURE (F)                                      |  TEMPERATURE (F)                                        
  NORMAL HIGH             49-63                        |  NORMAL HIGH             43-60                          
  NORMAL LOW              30-41                        |  NORMAL LOW              26-39                          
  WARMEST HIGH               82    04/08/2001          |  WARMEST HIGH               78    04/02/1882      
  COLDEST LOW                12    03/30/1969          |  COLDEST LOW                -1    03/21/1875      
  COLDEST HIGH               29    03/30/1969          |  COLDEST HIGH               25    03/30/1969      
  WARMEST LOW                62    04/13/1930          |  WARMEST LOW                56    04/18/1886      
  AVERAGE MAX              54.4                        |  AVERAGE MAX              50.5                          
  AVERAGE MIN              33.5                        |  AVERAGE MIN              31.6                          
  MEAN                     43.9                        |  MEAN                     41.1                          
                                                       |                                                         
  DAYS MAX  80 -  89          2                  1.4%  |  DAYS MAX  80 -  89          0                  0.0%    
  DAYS MAX  70 -  79         16                 11.1%  |  DAYS MAX  70 -  79          8                  5.6%    
  DAYS MAX  60 -  69         33                 22.9%  |  DAYS MAX  60 -  69         25                 17.4%    
  DAYS MAX  50 -  59         41                 28.5%  |  DAYS MAX  50 -  59         45                 31.3%    
  DAYS MAX  40 -  49         33                 22.9%  |  DAYS MAX  40 -  49         35                 24.3%    
  DAYS MAX  33 -  39         14                  9.7%  |  DAYS MAX  33 -  39         22                 15.3%    
  DAYS MAX  30 -  32          4                  2.8%  |  DAYS MAX  30 -  32          5                  3.5%    
  DAYS MAX  20 -  29          1                  0.7%  |  DAYS MAX  20 -  29          4                  2.8%    
  DAYS MAX  10 -  19          0                  0.0%  |  DAYS MAX  10 -  19          0                  0.0%    
                                                       |                                                         
  DAYS MIN  60 -  69          1                  0.7%  |  DAYS MIN  60 -  69          0                  0.0%    
  DAYS MIN  50 -  59          9                  6.3%  |  DAYS MIN  50 -  59          7                  4.9%    
  DAYS MIN  40 -  49         25                 17.4%  |  DAYS MIN  40 -  49         18                 12.5%    
  DAYS MIN  33 -  39         45                 31.3%  |  DAYS MIN  33 -  39         41                 28.5%    
  DAYS MIN  30 -  32         19                 13.2%  |  DAYS MIN  30 -  32         19                 13.2%    
  DAYS MIN  20 -  29         34                 23.6%  |  DAYS MIN  20 -  29         45                 31.3%    
  DAYS MIN  10 -  19         11                  7.6%  |  DAYS MIN  10 -  19         12                  8.3%    
  DAYS MIN   0 -   9          0                  0.0%  |  DAYS MIN   0 -   9          1                  0.7%    
  DAYS MIN  -9 -  -1          0                  0.0%  |  DAYS MIN  -9 -  -1          1                  0.7%    
  ---------------------------------------------------  |  ---------------------------------------------------    
  PRECIPITATION (IN)                                   |  PRECIPITATION (IN)                                     
  NORMAL              0.09-0.12                        |  NORMAL              0.07-0.13                          
  GREATEST VALUE           1.92    03/25/1945          |  GREATEST VALUE           2.77    04/13/2014      
  AVERAGE                  0.11                        |  AVERAGE                  0.10                          
                                                       |                                                         
  DAYS = 0.00                79                 54.1%  |  DAYS = 0.00                81                 56.3%    
  DAYS = T                   20                 13.7%  |  DAYS = T                   16                 11.1%    
  DAYS 0.01 - 0.09           12                  8.2%  |  DAYS 0.01 - 0.09           14                  9.7%    
  DAYS 0.10 - 0.49           23                 15.8%  |  DAYS 0.10 - 0.49           27                 18.8%    
  DAYS 0.50 - 0.99           10                  6.8%  |  DAYS 0.50 - 0.99            4                  2.8%    
  DAYS >= 1.00                2                  1.4%  |  DAYS >= 1.00                2                  1.4%    
  ---------------------------------------------------  |  ---------------------------------------------------    
  SNOW/SLEET/HAIL (IN)                                 |  SNOW/SLEET/HAIL (IN)                                   
  NORMAL                0.0-0.2                        |  NORMAL                0.0-0.2                          
  GREATEST VALUE            4.4    03/28/1926          |  GREATEST VALUE            5.6    03/27/1983      
  AVERAGE                   0.1                        |  AVERAGE                   0.2                          
                                                       |                                                         
  DAYS = 0.0                109                 83.2%  |  DAYS = 0.0                 64                 88.9%    
  DAYS = T                   14                 10.7%  |  DAYS = T                    3                  4.2%    
  DAYS 0.1 - 0.9              4                  3.1%  |  DAYS 0.1 - 0.9              1                  1.4%    
  DAYS 1.0 - 1.9              1                  0.8%  |  DAYS 1.0 - 1.9              1                  1.4%    
  DAYS 2.0 - 2.9              1                  0.8%  |  DAYS 2.0 - 2.9              1                  1.4%    
  DAYS 3.0 - 3.9              1                  0.8%  |  DAYS 3.0 - 3.9              0                  0.0%    
  DAYS 4.0 - 4.9              1                  0.8%  |  DAYS 4.0 - 4.9              1                  1.4%    
  DAYS 5.0 - 5.9              0                  0.0%  |  DAYS 5.0 - 5.9              1                  1.4%    
  DAYS >= 6.0                 0                  0.0%  |  DAYS >= 6.0                 0                  0.0%    
  ---------------------------------------------------  |  ---------------------------------------------------    
  SNOW DEPTH (IN)                                      |  SNOW DEPTH (IN)                                        
  GREATEST VALUE              3    03/18/1951          |  GREATEST VALUE              7    03/27/1983      
  AVERAGE                     T                        |  AVERAGE                     T                          
                                                       |                                                         
  DAYS = 0                   89                 88.1%  |  DAYS = 0                   52                 77.6%    
  DAYS = T                    7                  6.9%  |  DAYS = T                    6                  9.0%    
  DAYS >= 1                   5                  5.0%  |  DAYS >= 1                   9                 13.4%    
  ---------------------------------------------------  |  ---------------------------------------------------    
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                                                       |                                                         
         DATE       TX    TN     PP      SF    SD      |         DATE       TX    TN     PP      SF    SD        
      ----------   ----  ----  ------  -----  ----     |      ----------   ----  ----  ------  -----  ----       
      04/09/2017    81    62    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/09/2017    76    56    0.00    0.0     0
      03/20/2016    50    36    0.00    0.0     0      |      03/20/2016    45    27       T      T     1
      03/29/2015    58    30    0.06    0.0     0      |      03/29/2015    54    29    0.10    0.0     0
      04/13/2014    68    48    0.73    0.0     0      |      04/13/2014    56    42    2.77    0.0     0
      03/24/2013    34    30    0.27    4.4     1      |      03/24/2013    31    26    0.16    1.3     3
      04/01/2012    78    51    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/01/2012    61    41    0.00    0.0     0
      04/17/2011    53    35    0.20    0.0     0      |      04/17/2011    50    33    0.20    0.0     0
      03/28/2010    59    35    0.00    0.0     0      |      03/28/2010    51    30    0.00    0.0     0
      04/05/2009    46    33    0.40    1.1     0      |      04/05/2009    41    32    0.19    0.5     0
      03/16/2008    43    21    0.00    0.0     0      |      03/16/2008    37    21    0.00    0.0     2
      04/01/2007    55    43       T    0.0     0      |      04/01/2007    50    42    0.04    0.0     0
      04/09/2006    60    32    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/09/2006    58    30    0.00    0.0     0
      03/20/2005    48    31    0.00    0.0     0      |      03/20/2005    42    29    0.00    0.0     0
      04/04/2004    54    33    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/04/2004    53    28    0.00    0.0     0
      04/13/2003    74    33    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/13/2003    68    30    0.00    0.0     0
      03/24/2002    42    27       T      T     0      |      03/24/2002    38    24    0.00    0.0     0
      04/08/2001    82    41    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/08/2001    70    36    0.26    0.0     0
      04/16/2000    63    43    0.67    0.0    MM      |      04/16/2000    43    37    0.43    0.0     0
      03/28/1999    60    33    0.18    0.0    MM      |      03/28/1999    58    35    0.08    0.0    MM
      04/05/1998    58    29    0.00    0.0    MM      |      04/05/1998    55    32    0.00    0.0     0
      03/23/1997    49    32    0.00     MM    MM      |      03/23/1997    42    28    0.00     MM    MM
      03/31/1996    49    34    0.24     MM    MM      |      03/31/1996    47    30    0.16    0.0     0
      04/09/1995    43    35    1.23      T     0      |      04/09/1995    41    30    0.12    0.0     0
      03/27/1994    52    35       T      T     0      |      03/27/1994    49    33    0.00    0.0     0
      04/04/1993    52    22    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/04/1993    46    28    0.00    0.0     T
      04/12/1992    43    32       T      T     0      |      04/12/1992    39    26    0.00    0.0     0
      03/24/1991    56    36    0.00    0.0     0      |      03/24/1991    53    34    0.00    0.0     0
      04/08/1990    68    41       T    0.0     0      |      04/08/1990    67    32    0.00    0.0     0
      03/19/1989    38    16    0.00    0.0     0      |      03/19/1989    33    14    0.00    0.0     T
      03/27/1988    56    26    0.00    0.0     0      |      03/27/1988    51    23    0.00    0.0     0
      04/12/1987    61    36    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/12/1987    63    39    0.00    0.0     0
      03/23/1986    62    30    0.00    0.0     0      |      03/23/1986    56    28    0.00    0.0     0
      03/31/1985    42    34    0.35      T     0      |      03/31/1985    36    28    0.73    2.9     1
      04/15/1984    51    45    0.06    0.0     0      |      04/15/1984    53    44       T    0.0     0
      03/27/1983    42    33    0.54    0.6     T      |      03/27/1983    33    30    0.41    5.6     7
      04/04/1982    39    22    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/04/1982    36    17    0.00    0.0     0
      04/12/1981    62    44    0.69    0.0     0      |      04/12/1981    58    43    0.51    0.0     0
      03/30/1980    41    36    0.46      T     0      |      03/30/1980    44    31    0.00    0.0     0
      04/08/1979    49    36    0.04    0.0     0      |      04/08/1979    42    30    0.02    0.0     0
      03/19/1978    49    29    0.00    0.0     T      |      03/19/1978    41    27    0.00    0.0     2
      04/03/1977    53    29    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/03/1977    50    31    0.00    0.0     0
      04/11/1976    49    31       T    0.0     0      |      04/11/1976    47    29    0.00    0.0     0
      03/23/1975    58    37    0.24    0.0     0      |      03/23/1975    43    35    0.37    0.0     T
      04/07/1974    64    34    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/07/1974    49    27    0.00    0.0     0
      04/15/1973    75    50    0.46    0.0     0      |      04/15/1973    65    45    0.44    0.0     T
      03/26/1972    44    30    0.17      T     0      |      03/26/1972    35    28    0.05    0.0     0
      04/04/1971    46    20    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/04/1971    43    22    0.00    0.0     0
      03/22/1970    54    32    0.00    0.0     0      |      03/22/1970    50    29    0.00    0.0     T
      03/30/1969    29    12    0.00    0.0     0      |      03/30/1969    25     5    0.00    0.0     T
      04/07/1968    72    40    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/07/1968    69    39    0.00    0.0     0
      03/19/1967    35    24    0.62    0.8     0      |      03/19/1967    34    24    0.68    4.7    MM
      04/03/1966    43    37    0.06    0.0     0      |      04/03/1966    46    34    0.30    0.0     0
      04/11/1965    76    50    0.08    0.0     0      |      04/11/1965    72    44       T    0.0     0
      03/22/1964    38    21    0.00    0.0     1      |      03/22/1964    38    17    0.00    0.0     2
      04/07/1963    62    35       T    0.0     0      |      04/07/1963    55    39    0.10    0.0     0
      04/15/1962    50    26    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/15/1962    47    25    0.00    0.0     0
      03/26/1961    70    45       T    0.0     0      |      03/26/1961    61    45    0.29    0.0     0
      04/10/1960    51    21    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/10/1960    47    20    0.00    0.0     0
      03/22/1959    46    17    0.00    0.0     0      |      03/22/1959    38    12    0.00    0.0     6
      03/30/1958    60    33    0.00    0.0     0      |      03/30/1958    55    31    0.00    0.0     0
      04/14/1957    50    22    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/14/1957    50    24    0.00    0.0     0
      03/25/1956    61    32       T    0.0     0      |      03/25/1956    54    29       T    0.0     0
      04/03/1955    65    37    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/03/1955    60    34    0.00    0.0     0
      04/11/1954    63    40    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/11/1954    58    38    0.00    0.0     0
      03/29/1953    54    25    0.00    0.0     0      |      03/29/1953    53    26    0.00    0.0     0
      04/06/1952    56    33    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/06/1952    53    33    0.00    0.0     0
      03/18/1951    36    16    0.28      T     3      |      03/18/1951    35    13    0.13      T     6
      04/02/1950    66    37    0.03    0.0     0      |      04/02/1950    63    32       T      T     0
      04/10/1949    56    34    0.01    0.0     0      |      04/10/1949    55    36    0.00    0.0     0
      03/21/1948    66    41    0.01    0.0     0      |      03/21/1948    63    38    0.20    0.0     0
      03/30/1947    48    21    0.00    0.0     0      |      03/30/1947    37    24    0.01     MM    MM
      04/14/1946    70    49    0.16    0.0     0      |      04/14/1946    74    52    0.02     MM    MM
      03/25/1945    67    55    1.92    0.0     0      |      03/25/1945    65    55    1.39     MM    MM
      04/02/1944    40    25    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/02/1944    36    23    0.00     MM    MM
      04/18/1943    60    33       T    0.0    MM      |      04/18/1943    54    36    0.17     MM    MM
      03/29/1942    33    22    0.02      T    MM      |      03/29/1942    36    28       T     MM    MM
      04/06/1941    52    36    0.00    0.0    MM      |      04/06/1941    48    39    0.00     MM    MM
      03/17/1940    66    33    0.00    0.0    MM      |      03/17/1940    52    35    0.00     MM    MM
      04/02/1939    58    28    0.10    0.0    MM      |      04/02/1939    49    30       T     MM    MM
      04/10/1938    58    31    0.00    0.0    MM      |      04/10/1938    59    33    0.00     MM    MM
      03/21/1937    44    15    0.00    0.0    MM      |      03/21/1937    44    27    0.00     MM    MM
      04/05/1936    35    31    0.62    0.1     T      |      04/05/1936    36    29       T     MM    MM
      04/14/1935    68    32    0.00    0.0    MM      |      04/14/1935    68    32       T     MM    MM
      03/25/1934    46    15    0.00    0.0    MM      |      03/25/1934    44    18    0.00     MM    MM
      04/09/1933    66    38    0.14    0.0    MM      |      04/09/1933    47    37    0.15     MM    MM
      03/20/1932    34    22       T      T    MM      |      03/20/1932    32    18    0.27     MM    MM
      03/29/1931    36    23    0.00    0.0     2      |      03/29/1931    38    25    0.00     MM    MM
      04/13/1930    74    58    0.38    0.0     0      |      04/13/1930    67    52    0.04     MM    MM
      03/24/1929    74    38    0.00    0.0     0      |      03/24/1929    55    35    0.00     MM    MM
      04/01/1928    71    41    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/01/1928    67    40    0.00     MM    MM
      04/10/1927    59    45    0.01    0.0     0      |      04/10/1927    58    45    0.00     MM    MM
      03/28/1926    32    23    0.23    3.5     2      |      03/28/1926    30    21    0.20     MM    MM
      04/05/1925    57    29    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/05/1925    55    27    0.00     MM    MM
      04/13/1924    75    49       T    0.0     0      |      04/13/1924    73    48    0.00     MM    MM
      03/25/1923    50    18    0.00    0.0     T      |      03/25/1923    34    19       T     MM    MM
      04/09/1922    72    57    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/09/1922    65    50    0.14     MM    MM
      03/20/1921    77    40       T    0.0     0      |      03/20/1921    77    38    0.00     MM    MM
      03/28/1920    64    39    0.16      T     0      |      03/28/1920    64    39    0.07     MM    MM
      04/13/1919    69    41       T    0.0     0      |      04/13/1919    66    38    0.01     MM    MM
      03/24/1918    59    30    0.00    0.0     0      |      03/24/1918    60    29    0.00     MM    MM
      04/01/1917    44    34    0.12      T     T      |      04/01/1917    45    34    0.08     MM    MM
      04/16/1916    60    46    0.17    0.0     0      |      04/16/1916    59    46    0.26     MM    MM
      03/28/1915    42    23    0.00    0.0     0      |      03/28/1915    36    22       T     MM    MM
      04/05/1914    48    29       T    0.0     0      |      04/05/1914    46    25    0.02     MM    MM
      03/16/1913    30    15       T    0.2     T      |      03/16/1913    27    14       T     MM    MM
      03/31/1912    55    35       T    0.0     0      |      03/31/1912    43    35    0.02     MM    MM
      04/09/1911    54    36    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/09/1911    53    30    0.00     MM    MM
      03/20/1910    64    42    0.00    0.0     0      |      03/20/1910    61    42    0.00     MM    MM
      04/04/1909    67    39    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/04/1909    56    35    0.00     MM    MM
      04/12/1908    66    36    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/12/1908    69    34    0.00     MM    MM
      03/24/1907    62    37    0.00    0.0     0      |      03/24/1907    60    38    0.00     MM    MM
      04/08/1906    61    48    0.76    0.0     0      |      04/08/1906    55    40    0.32     MM    MM
      04/16/1905    44    28       T      T     0      |      04/16/1905    44    31       T     MM    MM
      03/27/1904    31    16    0.00    0.0     0      |      03/27/1904    29    15    0.00     MM    MM
      04/05/1903    56    36    0.00    0.0     0      |      04/05/1903    55    35    0.00     MM    MM
      03/23/1902    59    40    0.00    0.0     0      |      03/23/1902    59    34    0.00     MM    MM
      03/31/1901    45    28       T      T     T      |      03/31/1901    45    23    0.01     MM    MM
      04/08/1900    61    47    0.00    0.0    MM      |      04/08/1900    58    43    0.00     MM    MM
      03/26/1899    39    25    0.00    0.0    MM      |      03/26/1899    37    22    0.00     MM    MM
      04/03/1898    56    32    0.00    0.0    MM      |      04/03/1898    55    26    0.00     MM    MM
      04/12/1897    56    37    0.40    0.0    MM      |      04/12/1897    47    36    0.16     MM    MM
      03/29/1896    58    39    0.00    0.0    MM      |      03/29/1896    52    38    0.00    0.0    MM
      04/07/1895    57    45       T    0.0    MM      |      04/07/1895    58    46    0.22    0.0    MM
      03/18/1894    64    52    0.18    0.0    MM      |      03/18/1894    63    49    0.46    0.0    MM
      03/26/1893    40    30    0.00    0.0    MM      |      03/26/1893    39    24    0.00     MM    MM
      04/10/1892    44    25    0.00    0.0    MM      |      04/10/1892    42    25    0.00     MM    MM
      03/22/1891    42    33    0.00    0.0    MM      |      03/22/1891    42    33    0.00     MM    MM
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