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                   Weather History

February 18th

Local and Regional Events:

February 18, 1962:

Rain started in the afternoon of the 18th, and by the late in the day, temperatures dropped to below freezing resulting in a glaze up to three-quarters of an inch on trees and power lines. Many utility lines were downed by the glaze or by falling trees and branches. Temperatures continued to drop during the night changing the rain to snow by the 19th. Strong winds accompanied this snow causing local blizzard conditions.


Local Climate Information:

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U.S.A and Global Events for February 18th:

1965: A massive avalanche kills 26 men at the Granduc Copper Mine in British Columbia on this day. Click HERE for more information from the History Channel.


Rescue workers were clearing snow and debris after the avalanche. Image courtesy of The Vancouver Sun.


1966: The temperature dropped to 49 degrees below zero at Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, the city's all-time lowest recorded temperature.


1992: A thunderstorm spawned an unusually strong F4 tornado for so far north for the time of the year in southern Van Wert County in Ohio. The tornado touched down just west of US Route 127 and traveled northeastward for about 3 miles. One house was completely leveled, and nine others experienced severe damage. Six people were injured.


An F4 tornado in Van Wert County, Ohio on February 18 destroyed this 1984 Chevy Wagon. Image courtesy from Storm Data.


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