February 1 Weather History

...1893... Thunder and lightning accompanied sleet and snow at Saint Louis MO during the evening hours, even though the temperature was just 13 degrees above zero.

...1898... 10.9 inches of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island, shattering the record of 0.1 inches set two years earlier in 1896.

...1915... 1.92 inches of rain fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 1.17 inches set in 1898.

...1920... A great anticyclone was over the northeastern United States. Northfield, Vermont had a high pressure reading of 31.14 inches (on the 31st) and Portland, Maine had a reading of 31.09 inches which is the highest ever recorded at sea level in the United States. This caused cold temperatures with a reading of 45 degrees below zero at Pittsburg, New Hampshire. 3 days later, a snow and sleet storm paralyzed the region.

...1929... The low temperature dipped to 5 degrees below zero at Newport, Rhode Island, shattering the record of 5 degrees that was set in 1909.

...1951... The greatest ice storm of record in the U.S. produced glaze up to four inches thick from Texas to Pennsylvania causing twenty-five deaths, 500 serious injuries, and 100 million dollars damage. Tennessee was hardest hit by the storm. Communications and utilities were interrupted for a week to ten days.

...1955... An F3 tornado tracked 8 miles from Commerce Landing to near Robinsonville in Mississippi, killing 20 people and injuring 141. Despite that fact the funnel was seen, that heavy objects were thrown long distances, and that the tornado was in a forecast box, the event was not officially called a tornado. A survey team stated that since all debris was thrown in one direction, the event should not be listed as a tornado. Obviously, a survey team today would arrive at a different (and the correct) conclusion. -Caribou, Maine recorded its all-time record low temperature of 41 degrees below zero. The temperature at Taylor Park Dam plunged to 60 degrees below zero, a record for the state of Colorado.

...1973... The barometric pressure climbed to 30.86 inches at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 30.79 inches set in 1956.

...1985... The low temperature at Madison, Wisconsin reached 28 degrees below zero, breaking the record low for this day of 22 degrees below zero, which was recorded in 1959. The 28 below zero reading also tied the all-time record low for the month of February. Previous 28 degree below zero readings for Madison occurred on February 2, 1959 and on February 9, 1899. -Peter Sink, Utah dipped to 68 degrees below zero to set the state record for its coldest temperature. -Maybell, Colorado dropped to 61 degrees below zero for the state's coldest temperature on record.

...1987... A storm in the Pacific Northwest produced wind gusts to 100 mph at Cape Blanco OR, and up to six inches of rain in the northern coastal mountain ranges.

...1988... Thirty cities in the eastern U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date, including Richmond VA with a reading of 73 degrees. Thunderstorms in southern Louisiana deluged Basile with 12.34 inches of rain. Arctic cold gripped the north central U.S. Wolf Point MT reported a low of 32 degrees below zero.

...1989... While arctic cold continued to invade the central U.S., fifty-four cities in the south central and eastern U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date. Russell KS, the hot spot in the nation with a high of 84 degrees the previous day, reported a morning low of 12 above. Tioga ND reported a wind chill reading of 90 degrees below zero.

...1990... Thunderstorms associated with an upper level weather disturbance produced severe weather across the eastern half of Texas during the late afternoon and evening. Four persons were injured at Waco TX where thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 80 mph. Thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 97 mph at Cotulla TX injuring two other persons. Golf ball size hail was reported at Whitney and northeast of Whitsett.

...1992... The Canadian Maritimes were in the midst of one of their worst blizzards ever. By the time the storm ended late on the 2nd, a general 2 to 3 feet had fallen across New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Moncton, New Brunswick was buried under 63 inches to set a new all-time single storm record. Winds frequently gusted from 70 to 90 mph. The storm actually backed in from the east and passed very close to Sable Island with a central pressure of 960 millibars (28.35 inches), far deeper than any computer model had forecasted. The backlash of the storm grazed Down east Maine and Cape Cod. Danforth, Maine recorded 13 inches and Wellfleet, Massachusetts measured 7 inches. -Dickinson, North Dakota reached 68 degrees which set a new all-time record high temperature for the month of February. The previous record high for February was 66 set on the 27th in 1932.

...2005... The snow depth at Newport, Rhode Island was 22 inches, breaking the record of 13 inches, set back in 1898.

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