February 9 Weather History

...1741... The greatest snow of the hard winter of 1740-41 was recorded near Hartford, Connecticut.

...1870... President Grant signed a measure establishing a Federal Meteorological Service which was later assigned to the United States Army Signal Service to organize and operate. Observations began on November 1, 1870.

...1933... The temperature at Moran WY, located next to Teton National Park, plunged to 63 degrees below zero to establish a state record. The temperature at the Riverside Ranger Station in Montana dipped to 66 below zero to establish a record for the state, and a record for the nation which stood until 1954.

...1934... The temperature at Newport, Rhode Island plummeted to 11 degrees below zero, breaking the record of 2 degrees set in 1895 and establishing the all-time lowest temperature for any month at this station.  The mercury dipped to 51 degrees below zero at Vanderbilt to establish a record for the state of Michigan. The temperature at Stillwater plunged to 52 degrees below zero to establish a record for the state of New York.

...1937... The high temperature got to 56 degrees on this day at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 49 degrees, set in 1925.

...1969... The so-called "Lindsay Storm" pounded the northeastern U.S. Bedford, Massachusetts recorded 25 inches of snow, New York City had 20 inches, and Portland, Maine ended up with 22 inches. The storm got it's name from New York Mayor John Lindsay who ran into political misfortune after sections of New York City remained unplowed for a week after the storm.

...1978... The snow depth at Newport, Rhode Island was 26 inches, breaking the record of 22 inches set in 1961.

...1987... A storm off the Atlantic coast produced high winds and heavy snow in the northeastern U.S., with blizzard conditions in eastern Massachusetts. Wind gusted to 80 mph and 23.4 inches of snow produced drifts eight feet high at Cape Cod MA. It was the worst blizzard in thirty years for the Cape Cod area. Winds in some of the mountains and ridges of the Appalachian Region gusted to 100 mph.

...1988... Arctic cold invaded the north central U.S. Alliance NE plunged from 44 degrees to 12 above in just two hours, and Mobridge SD reported a wind chill of 64 degrees below zero. Winds along the eastern slopes of the Rockies gusted to 90 mph at Cheyenne WY, and reached 96 mph at Boulder CO.

...1989... A winter storm continued to bring rain and snow to southern California. Snowfall totals ranged up to 18 inches at Olancha, with three inches at Palmdale.

...1990... Thunderstorms developing ahead of a cold front erupted over eastern Texas late in the morning, and produced severe weather as they swept across the southeastern states. Early evening thunderstorms spawned a tornado which injured one person at Nat TX, and produced tennis balls size hail which caused more than half a million dollars damage around Shreveport LA.

...1994... A long duration overrunning snowstorm combined with ocean effect snow resulted in big snowfall accumulations across east-coastal Massachusetts. Boston checked in with a two day total of 18.7 inches for its greatest single storm snowfall since the great Blizzard of 1978. 27.7 inches was recorded at Manchester-by-the-Sea and 24 inches fell at South Weymouth. farther to the southwest, a foot of snow blanketed Newark, New Jersey.

...2011... 27 inches of snow fell at Spavinaw Dam, Oklahoma in 24 hours for the state 24 hour snowfall record.

...2017... 9.3 inches of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island during a blizzard that featured thunder snow, a very rare event, breaking the record of 5.3 inches set in 1994. The barometric pressure fell to 29.29 inches and a wind gust of 45 miles per hour was recorded.

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