February 6 Weather History

...1807... It was the famous "Cold Friday" in the Midwest and South. The temperature did not rise above zero in Ohio and Kentucky.

...1856... A lee shore snow burst at Oswego, New York on Lake Ontario dropped an estimated 6 feet.

...1895... The low temperature fell to 2 degrees below zero at Newport, Rhode Island and was later tied in 1918.

...1978... The "Great Blizzard of '78" struck the Northeast, with southern New England especially hard hit. By the time the storm ended late on the 7th, Boston had 27.1 inches of new snow to set an all-time single storm snowfall record. Up to 50 inches fell in northern Rhode Island, Newport, Rhode Island received 26.3 inches.  A tremendous east-northeasterly gradient was set up as the low (29.06) bucked up against an enormous 31.04 high to the north. Winds gusted to 92 mph at Chatham, Massachusetts. East facing coastal sections were devastated by 4 successive high tides. The 14 foot tide recorded at Portland, Maine was perhaps the highest this century. 99 people were killed and total damage was over 600 million dollars, 500 million in Massachusetts alone.

...1961... The snow depth was 26 inches at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the previous record of 20 inches set back in 1898.

...1964... The barometric pressure fell to 28.89 inches, breaking the record of 29.24 set in 1960.

...1980... A low pressure area dumped heavy snow over eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia. The storm abated on the 7th and left 12.4 inches of new snow at Norfolk, Virginia -- the city's biggest snowstorm since December 1892. Elizabeth City, North Carolina was buried under 20 inches.

...1987... Brownsville TX was deluged with seven inches of rain in just two hours, and flooding in some parts of the city was worse than that caused by Hurricane Beulah in 1967.

...1988... Arctic cold invaded the south central and eastern U.S. Sixteen cities reported new record low temperatures for the date. Squalls in the Great Lakes Region produced a foot of snow at Arcade NY in three hours.

...1989... Much of the western half of the country was in the midst of one of the most severe arctic outbreaks of the century. Temperatures in the Yukon of western Canada were comparable to those prior to the arctic blasts of December 1983, and winds above 100 mph ushered the bitterly cold air into western Montana. 41 cities in the western U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. Lows of 30 degrees below zero at Ely, Nevada and 33 degrees below zero at Richfield, Utah were all-time records for those locations. Lows of 31 degrees at San Francisco, California and 15 degrees below zero at Reno, Nevada were February records. Logan Canyon, Utah was the cold spot in the nation, with a reading of 54 degrees below zero, and Craig, Colorado reported a low of 51 degrees below zero.

...1990... A second cold front brought more heavy snow to the high elevations of Oregon, with 12 inches reported at Sunset Summit. Ten inches of snow blanketed Crater Lake and Mount Bachelor. Heavy snow also blanketed northeastern Nevada and parts of Washington State. In Nevada, up to a foot of snow was reported between Spring Creek and Lamoille. Stevens Pass WA received 14 inches of snow in 24 hours.

...1991... The high temperature reached 53 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 51 degrees, set back in 1909.

...1996... A three day snowstorm came to an end at Valdez, Alaska over which time 74.6 inches of snow fell -- its greatest snowstorm on record.

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