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February 4th

Local and Regional Events:

February 4, 1984:

A fast moving blizzard pounded the northeast and east central with light snow and raging winds. Snow amounts were generally less than 2 inches region wide. As the storm progressed, temperatures dropped thirty degrees in three hours as winds gusted to 70 mph. Fierce winds struck quickly, plummeting visibilities to zero and making travel difficult in a matter of minutes. No travel was advised across much of the area. Hundreds of travelers became stranded in the white-out and the highway crews were pulled of the road to wait for decreasing winds. There were also some spotty power outages.

 

Local Climate Information:

Click HERE for daily climate information for Aberdeen, Mobridge, Pierre, Sisseton, and Watertown.

Click HERE for daily climate information for Sioux Falls, Huron, Mitchell, and Sioux City.

 

U.S.A and Global Events for February 4th:

1924: In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 20.3 inches of snow fell in a 24 hour period. This ranks as the most snowfall in a 24 hour period since 1884. This storm caused over $1 million damage. Communication with the outside world was said at the time to be back to the days of the "Indian signal fire". Street car and train service crippled. Snowdrifts of 8 to 10 feet high were common along with considerable ice on trees and wires. Car ferries remained in port. Schools were closed and several plate glass windows broken.

 

Headline in "The Milwaukee Sentinel" on February 5, 1924.

 

1982: Barrow, Alaska reached 36 degrees on this date. This is their warmest temperature ever recorded in February. In fact, this is the second time they climbed above freezing in the month of February. The only date was February 14, 2006 when the temperature reached 35 degrees.

 

1995: A huge nor'easter pounded areas from the southern Mid-Atlantic to northern New England. It would be the only significant storm in the 94-95 winter season. Over 20 inches of snow buried parts of upstate New York. Wind chills dropped as cold as 40 degrees below zero. Behind the storm, arctic air crossing the relatively warm waters of the Great Lakes produced intense lake effect squalls for nearly two weeks from the 4th through the 14th. Downwind of Lake Ontario, storm totals included: Oswego County: Palermo: 85 inches, Fulton: 60 inches, and Oswego: 46 inches.

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Surface weather analysis of a nor'easter on 5 February 1995.

 

2011: A winter storm settled four to six inches of snow over northern Texas, including Dallas, just days before the Super Bowl between the Pittsburg Steelers and the Green Bay Packers. Click HERE for more information from the CBS new in Dallas/Fort Worth.

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This satellite image showing the snow cover on February 6, 2011 is courtesy from NASA. Click HERE for more information.

 

Click HERE for more This Day in Weather History from the Southeast Regional Climate Center.