February 7 Weather Summary

...1861... A dramatic drop in temperature took place in the northeastern U.S. The temperature at Gouverneur, New York plunged 70 degrees in one day, from 30 degrees above zero to 40 degrees below zero. Hanover, New Hampshire plummeted 69 degrees in 18 hours, from 37 degrees at 1 pm on the 7th to 32 degrees below zero at 7 am on the 8th. West Cummingham, Massachusetts dropped 80 degrees, from 48 degrees to 32 degrees below zero, and Boston, Massachusetts plunged 60 degrees, from 46 degrees to 14 degrees below zero.

...1910... The low temperature dropped to 3 degrees below zero at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 4 degrees, set in 1895.

...1920... A great four day snow and sleet storm came to an end over New England and southeastern New York. Accumulations of 15 to 20 inches of ice, sleet, and snow were common, stalling traffic for weeks.

...1934... A deep freeze made it possible to drive from Bay Shore to Fire Island NY.

...1955... A wind gust of 62 miles per hour was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island which broke the record of 46 miles per hour set back in 1941.

...1961... The snow depth of 25 inches was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 17 inches set back in 1907.

...1964... At Newport, Rhode Island the low barometric pressure dropped to 28.83 inches, breaking the record of 28.90 inches set in 1941.

...1978... "The Blizzard of '78" The worst winter storm of record struck coastal New England. The storm produced 27.5 inches of snow at Boston, and nearly 50 inches in northeastern Rhode Island. The fourteen foot tide at Portland ME was probably the highest of the century. Winds gusted to 79 mph at Boston, and reached 92 mph at Chatham MA. A hurricane size surf caused 75 deaths and 500 million dollars damage.  Newport Rhode Island received 26.3 inches of snow and had a low barometric reading of 29.07 inches. (6th-7th)

...1987... Low pressure in Manitoba, Canada, pulled warm air up from the Gulf of Mexico, and more than forty cities in the north central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, including North Platte NE and Rapid City SD with readings of 73 degrees.

...1988... Twenty-two cities in the eastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date, including Binghamton NY with a reading of 5 degrees below zero. Snow blanketed southern Louisiana, with three inches reported at Cameron.

...1989... Twenty-five cities in the western U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. Lows of 16 at Las Vegas NV, 26 at Bakersfield CA, -29 degrees at Milford UT, and -16 degrees at Reno NV were February records. The low of 43 degrees below zero at Boca CA was a state record for the month of February. In Utah, lows of -32 degrees at Bryce Canyon, -27 degrees at Delta, -29 degrees at Dugway, and -38 degrees at Vernal were all-time records for those locations.

...1990... A slow moving cold front spread heavy snow across the state of Utah. Storm totals ranged up to 31 inches at Alta, with 24 inches at reported Brighton and 23 inches at Snowbird. Bitter cold weather prevailed across Alaska for the thirteenth day in a row, with morning lows of -42 degrees at Fairbanks, -48 degrees at Nenana, and -54 degrees at Bettles. Anchorage AK reported a record low of 23 degrees below zero.

...2005... The low humidity dropped to 16% at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 25% set in 1994.

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