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February 5th

Local and Regional Events:

February 5, 1978:

Another winter blizzard plagued the northern half of the state beginning on February 5th and continuing until the 9th. The unusual aspect of this blizzard was that the wind came from the southeast between 25 to 45 mph. Only one to three inches of new snow accumulation fell during the five-day period but was piled high on the existing large snow drifts. Most of the northern half of the state was paralyzed due to blocked roads. Eighteen counties across the northern part of the state were declared a disaster by the governor. There were also numerous livestock losses.


Local Climate Information:

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U.S.A and Global Events for February 5th:

1745: Today is National Weatherman/Meteorologist day commemorating the birth of John Jeffries in 1745. Jeffries, one of America's first weather observers, began taking daily weather observations in Boston, MA in 1774 and he took the first balloon observation in 1784.


John Jeffries, an American physician, flew across the English Channel with Frenchman Jean Blanchard in 1785.


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 snowball throwing rampage.

This photo was taken on Shotwell Street between 22nd and 24th. Interesting, this photo was taken two decades before the first Model T rolled into San Francisco. Image courtesy Edward Brown & Lorio/Chronicle archives. Click HERE for more information.


1920: An intense nor'easter dumped 17.5 inches of snow over a three day period on New York City, New York.


Traffic on South Street with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. This image is courtesy from the Library of Congress.


1986: A supercell thunderstorm tracked through the Tomball area northwest of Houston, TX and produced four tornadoes along with damaging microburst winds and up to tennis ball size hail. An F3 tornado killed two people, injured 80 others and devastated a mobile home park and the David Wayne Hooks Airport. 300 aircraft were either damaged or destroyed. Much of the larger hail was propelled by 60 to 80 mph winds, resulting in widespread moderate damage. Total damage from this storm was $80 million dollars.


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The information above is courtesy from the NWS Office in Houston/Galveston, Texas.


2008: The Super Tuesday 2008 Tornado Outbreak has been one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in the US with 59 fatalities reported. So far, it ranks in the top 15 deadly tornado outbreaks (and the highest number of tornado deaths since 1985). According to the SPC Storm Reports, there were over 300 reports of tornadoes, large hail (up to 4.25 inches in diameter in Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri), and damaging wind gusts from Texas to Ohio and West Virginia. The outbreak produced at least 64 tornadoes, some producing EF-3 and EF-4 damage.  Click HERE for Satellite information.


The Federal Aviation Administration's Terminal Doppler Weather Radar reflectivity image from Memphis, Tennessee, taken at 5:30 p.m. CST, on February 5, 2008. The "hook echo" in the bottom of the image represents a tornado which affected the southern suburbs of Memphis, including the Memphis International Airport and the National Weather Service Memphis Office.


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