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On this date in 1990, the first full day of spring was ushered in by freezing temperatures across the eastern U.S. Cold weather damaged up to three-quarters of the peach crop in some parts of South Carolina. After recording a record high of 82 degrees the previous week, Elkins, W.Va., recorded a national low of 16 degrees below zero.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:
   HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................83 Pecos, Texas
   HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).......................... ,
   LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-18 Cando, N.D.
   LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-45 Barrow, Alaska
   HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................147 Monarch Pass, Colo.
   HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................0.36 Aspen, Colo.