Fort Smith, AR Storm, Apr 1888

Fort Smith, Arkansas: a destructive hail and wind storm visited this place on the 25th. Four small houses were demolished, and forty buildings were damaged, principally by hail. The lowest estimate of the value of the property destroyed is $25,000. This storm lasted from 8:30 to 10 p.m., the precipitation during that time being 2.32 inches. The hail was larger in size and quantity, and more severe in its effects, than any known to have fallen here since the establishment of the Signal Service Station; it covered the ground to a depth of about two inches and measured from one-quarter to one-half inch in diameter. The storm was accompanied by continuous sheet lightning and low, rumbling thunder.

National Weather Service, Monthly Weather Review, Apr 1888