February 8 Weather History

...1835... A severe cold wave gripped the southeastern U.S. The mercury dipped to 8 above at Jacksonville FL, and to zero at Savannah GA. Orange trees were killed to the roots.

...1933... The record low temperature for the state of Texas was set at Seminole when the mercury dropped to 23 degrees below zero.

...1934... The low temperature at Newport, Rhode Island fell to 4 degrees below zero, breaking the record of 6 degrees, set in 1908.

...1936... The temperature at Denver CO plunged to a record 30 degrees below zero.

...1945... 10.1 inches of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island setting the record for the date. Previous record was 4.6 inches set in 1899.

...1968... 3.6 inches of snow fell at Savannah, Georgia on this date -- the biggest snowfall for the city in 100 years.

...1978... The snow depth at Newport, Rhode Island reach 26 inches right after the "Blizzard of '78, breaking the record of 23 inches set in 1961.

...1987... A powerful storm produced blizzard conditions in the Great Lakes Region. Winds gusted to 86 mph at Janesville WI and Cleveland OH received 12 inches of snow. North winds of 50 to 70 mph raised the water level of southern Lake Michigan two feet, and produced waves 12 to 18 feet high, causing seven million dollars damage along the Chicago area shoreline. It was the most damage caused by shoreline flooding and erosion in the history of the city of Chicago.

...1988... Arctic air invaded the north central U.S. Hibbing MN reported a morning low of 30 degrees below zero.

...1989... A winter storm over California produced snow from the beaches of Malibu to the desert canyons around Palm Springs, and the snow created mammoth traffic jams in the Los Angeles Basin. Sixteen cities in the western U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. Marysville CA reported an all-time record low reading of 21 degrees above zero.

...1990... Unseasonably mild weather prevailed across the south central and eastern U.S. Twenty-two cities, including five in Michigan, reported record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 53 degrees at Flint MI surpassed their previous record by ten degrees, and the high of 66 degrees at Burlington IA exceeded their old record by eight degrees.

...2009... Snow falls at levels above elevations of 11,000 feet on the Big Island's Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

...2013... A wind gust of 57 miles per hour was recorded at Newport, Rhode Rhode Island, breaking the record of 52 miles per hour set back in 1951.

...2017... The high temperature at Newport, Rhode Island peaked at 57 degrees, breaking the record of 56 degrees set in 2009 and 1933 and the high dew point reached 48 degrees, breaking the record of 46 degrees set in 1965.

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