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Weather History - February 22

Local and Regional Events:

February 22, 1914:

Heavy snow fell across parts of central and north-central South Dakota with 6 to 12 inches of accumulations. Snowfall amounts included 6 inches at Timber Lake and Onida, 7 inches at Kennebec, and 12 inches at Murdo.

February 22, 2000:

High temperatures across central and northeast South Dakota were in the 50s and 60s. Record highs occurred at Watertown, Pierre, and Kennebec. Watertown rose to 65 degrees, Pierre rose to 69 degrees, and Kennebec warmed to 71 degrees late in the afternoon. Other high temperatures include; 55 degrees at Sisseton, 59 degrees at Aberdeen, and 64 degrees at Timber Lake.


U.S.A and Global Events for February 22:

1773: According to David Ludlum, "The memorable Cold Sabbath in New England history" took place on February 22, 1773. "Many persons froze extremities while going to church." Click HERE for more information from weather historian Scott Doering. Additional details from weather historian, Tom Moore, can be found HERE.

1971: One of the worst snowstorms in Oklahoma history dumped up to 3 feet of snow on northwest Oklahoma from February 20nd to February 22. By the time the snow ended on the 22nd, the city of Buffalo had 36 inches of snow on the ground, setting the state record for storm-total snowfall. Winds of 30 to 50 mph caused snowdrifts up to 20 feet high. Follett, Texas, picked up 26 inches while Amarillo recorded 14 inches.

Feb 22, 1971, OK Snowstorm

The surface map above is from Jonathan D. Finch, a meteorologist at the NWS Office in Dodge City, Kansas.

Feb 21, 1971 Oklahoma Snowstorm


1998: Seven tornadoes struck east-central Florida late on this day and early on the 23rd. Three of the tornadoes were rated F3 on the Fujita scale. Twenty-four people were killed in Kissimmee alone. A total of 42 people were killed, 265 injured, and the total damage was $106 million.

Feb 22, 1998 Florida Tornado Outbreak

Feb 22, 1998 Florida Tornado Outbreak 2

Click HERE for more information from TornadoTalk.

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