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Weather trivia for February

 

Feb 1, 1989
Arctic air invaded the central United States. Russell Kansas,
the hot spot in the nation the previous day with a high of 84
degrees, reported a morning low of 12 degrees.
IN 1951...The greatest ice storm of record in the US produced
a layer of ice up to 4 inches thick from Texas to Pennsylvania
causing 25 deaths, 500 serious injuries, and 100 million dollars
damage. Communications and utilities were interrupted for a week
to 10 days.
IN 1963...The high of 86 degrees established the record high for
the month of February at Dodge City.


Feb 2, 1956
A record snowstorm in New Mexico and west Texas began on
Groundhog's Day. The storm produced 15 inches of snow at
Roswell, NM and up to 33 inches in the Texas Panhandle.
IN 1996...Bitterly cold Arctic air combined with gusty northerly
winds brought wind chill readings to around 40 degrees below
zero during the early morning hours across southwest Kansas.
Dodge City reported morning lows of minus 8 on the 2nd, minus 9
on the 3rd, and minus 8 on the 4th.


Feb 3, 1988
Arctic air continued to invade the central US. The temperature
at Midland TX plunged from a record high of 80 degrees to 37
degrees in just three hours. Morning lows in the higher
elevations of Wyoming were as cold as 38 degrees below zero.
Heavy snow blanketed southwestern Colorado, with 16 inches
reported at Steamboat Springs.


Feb 4, 1964
A great blizzard was in progress across the Texas Panhandle.
This blizzard, which began on the 2nd and ended on the 5th, dumped
26 inches of snow on Borger, 23.8 inches on Miami, and 23.5
inches on Claude.


Feb 5, 1887
San Francisco experienced its greatest snowstorm of record. Nearly
four inches was reported in downtown San Francisco, and the western
hills of the city received seven inches. Excited crowds went on a
snowfall throwing rampage.


Feb 6, 1807
This day was known as the famous "Cold Friday" in the Midwest and
South. The temperature did not rise above zero in Ohio and Kentucky.


Feb 7, 1861
The temperature at Gouverneur NY bottomed out at 40 degrees below
zero, a drop of 70 degrees in one day. Two days later the mercury
hit 55 degrees.


Feb 8, 1835
A severe cold wave gripped the southeastern US. The temperature
dipped to 8 above at Jacksonville FL, and to zero at Savannah GA.
Orange trees were killed to the roots.


Feb 9, 1933
The temperature at Moran WY, located next to Teton National Park,
plunged to 63 degrees below zero to establish a state record. The
temperature at the Riverside Ranger Station in Montana dipped to 66
below zero to establish a record for the state, and a record for
the nation which stood until 1954.


Feb 10, 1993
In northwest Kansas, snow began about midday, became heavy during
the afternoon and overnight hours of the 10th and 11th, before
completely ending by late evening on the 11th. Five to ten
inches of snowfall was common with winds up to 50 mph causing
severe blowing and drifting. Some snow drifts reached 5 feet and
wind chills of 20 to 50 below were common. Many schools and a
part of interstate 70 were closed.


Feb 11, 1899
Perhaps the greatest of all arctic outbreaks commenced on this
date. The temperature plunged to 61 degrees below zero in
Montana. At the same time a "Great Eastern Blizzard" left a
blanket of snow from Georgia to New Hampshire. The state of
Virginia took the brunt of the storm, with snowfall totals
averaging 30 to 40 inches.


Feb 12, 1899
The low of 26 below zero established the all time low for Dodge
City. It was the coldest morning ever in the eastern Great
Plains and eastern Texas. Kansas City Missouri bottomed out at 22
degrees below zero. Fort Worth Texas dropped to 8 degrees below.
Camp Clark Nebraska recorded 47 degrees below zero.
IN 1995...Heavy snow fell across a large part of southwest Kansas.
Heaviest snow was in an area bounded by Scott City, Dighton,
Ness City, and Larned to Jetmore and Garden City where 8 to 12
inches were recorded. Four to eight inches fell elsewhere. In
west central Kansas, 6 to 12 inches were reported at Sharon
Springs, Leoti, and Tribune.


Feb 13, 1905
The record low temperature for the state of Kansas was recorded
at Lebanon with 40 degrees below zero.


Feb 14, 1991
Strong winds caused a blackout from dust over much of western
Kansas. The visibility decreased to zero for several hours
during the day, forcing the closing of interstate 70 west of
Russell. A 33 car pileup occurred about 7 miles east of Goodland
resulting in several injuries but no fatalities.
IN 1993...A strong storm system that moved out of the southern
Rockies combined with an Arctic cold front to produce a heavy snow
event across most of southwest Kansas. Heavy snow began falling
across southwest Kansas on the afternoon of the 14th and
continued through early evening on the 15th. Snowfall amounts
ranged from 10 to 12 inches at Liberal, Garden City, and Dodge
City, to 8 to 10 inches at Larned, Jetmore, and St. John. Other
snowfall amounts included 9 inches at Meade, 11 inches in
Kismet, and 7 inches in Greensburg.


Feb 15, 1895
A big Gulf snowstorm produced six inches at Brownsville TX and
Mobile AL, 15 inches at Galveston TX, and 24 inches of snow at Rayne
LA in 24 hours. Snow fell at the very mouth of the Mississippi
River. Houston TX received 22 inches of snow, and nine inches
blanketed New Orleons LA.


Feb 16, 1989
A surge of arctic air produced all-time record high barometric
pressure readings of 30.80 inches at Duluth MN, 30.97 inches at
Chicago IL and 30.94 inches at South Bend IN. Readings of 31.00
inches at Milwaukee WI and 30.98 inches at Rockford IL tied their
all-time records.


Feb 17, 1936
The temperature at McIntosh SD plunged to 58 degrees below zero
to establish a state recored.


Feb 18, 1959
Some of the higher elevations of California were in the midst of
a five day storm which produced 189 inches of snow, a single storm
record for North America.


Feb 19, 1954
High winds across the southern half of the Great Plains, gusting to
85 mph, caused the worst duststorms since the 1930s. Graders were
needed in places to clear fence high dirt drifts.


Feb 20, 1990
Eight to eleven inches of snow fell across extreme southwest Kansas.
Heaviest snowfall occurred at Liberal with 11 inches.
IN 2013...A major winter storm brought heavy snow and near blizzard
conditions to much of southwestern and central Kansas on the 20th and
21st. Snowfall amounts of at least 10 inches fell along and east of
a line from Wakeeney to Dodge City to Coldwater. Amounts of 18 to 21
inches were reported from near Hays to near Larned.


Feb 21, 1918
A spectacular chinook wind at Granville ND caused the temperature
to spurt from a morning low of 33 degrees below zero to an
afternoon high of 50 above.


Feb 22, 1773
This was the day of the memorable "Cold Sabbath" in New England
history. Many persons froze extremities while going to church.


Feb 23, 1936
A severe blizzard in the Sierra Nevada Range closed Donner Pass.
It stranded 750 motorists and claimed seven lives.
IN 2003...A strong winter storm moved from eastern Colorado to southern
Kansas bringing blizzard conditions and a swath of heavy snow. Most of
southwestern Kansas was blanketed with at least 2 to 5 inches of snow,
with a much heavier band centered along and 45 miles either side of a
line from Kiowa through Coldwater, to Cimarron and Scott City where 10
to 14 inches were reported. Within this general area, a 20 mile wide
band of 14 to 16 inch accumulations were common, extending from 10 miles
south of Dodge City, through Coldwater to near Kiowa in Barber county.
The largest amount reported was 17 inches by an observer at Sun City.
Many roads and highways were closed, numerous churches cancelled services
and many schools closed the following Monday. Many dozen vehicle
accidents were reported due to snowpacked roads and poor visibilities.


Feb 24, 1936
Vermont and New Hampshire received brown snow due to dust from
storms in the Great Plains Region. A muddy rain fell across parts
of northern New York State.


Feb 25, 1977
Dust reduced visibilities from eastern Virginia through the
southeastern states to Florida between the 24th and the 28th. The
dust originated in the western Great Plains on the 22nd and 23rd,
with wind gusts above 100 mph reported at Guadalupe Pass TX, at
White Sands NM, in Sherman County KS, and in eastern Colorado.


Feb 26, 1987
A slow moving storm in the southwestern U.S. spread heavy snow from
the southern and central Rockies into the Central High Plains Region.
Totals in Colorado ranged up to 62 inches at Purgatory. Colorado
Springs CO reported a February record of 14.8 inches of snow in 24 hours.
Lander WY received four inches in one hour, 13 inches in seven hours, and
record storm total of 26 inches. High winds created near blizzard conditions
at Colorado Springs. Fairplay CO reported 43 inches of snow, with drifts ten
feet high.


Feb 27, 1990
A winter storm produced heavy snow in southeastern Colorado, with 12 inches
reported at Lamar. The same storm produced severe thunderstorms over the
Southern High Plains, with wind gusts to 93 mph reported at the White Sands
Missile Range in New Mexico.


Feb 28, 1900
A massive storm spread record snows from Kansas to New York State. Snowfall
totals ranged up to 17.5 inches at Springfield IL and 43 inches at Rochester NY,
with up to 60 inches in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State.


Feb 29, 1748
The heaviest snow of the "Winter of the Deep Snow" in New England came to
an end. Coastal Salem was left with more than thirty inches of snow on the
ground.



 

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