February 12 Weather History

...1897... 9.8 inches of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island on this day, setting the record for the date.

...1899... Texas and the eastern plains experienced their coldest morning of modern record. The mercury dipped to 8 degrees below zero at Fort Worth TX, and to 22 degrees below zero at Kansas City MO. The temperature at Camp Clarke NE plunged to 47 degrees below zero to establish a record for the state. In the eastern U.S., Washington D.C. hit 15 degrees below zero, while Charleston SC received a record four inches of snow.

...1914... At Newport, Rhode Island the temperature fell to 6 degrees below zero, breaking the record of 4 degrees set in 1907.

...1945... An F4 tornado hit a 41 car train in Sumter County, Alabama. 39 cars were derailed. The conductor and fireman were killed and many others on the train were injured. The northern part of Montgomery, Alabama was hit by an F3 tornado on this day as well with 26 people killed.

...1952... A wind gust of 55 miles per hour was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island, setting the record for the date.

...1958... Snow blanketed northern Florida, with Tallahassee reporting a record 2.8 inches. A ship in the Gulf of Mexico, 25 miles south of Fort Morgan AL, reported zero visibility in heavy snow on the afternoon of the 12th. (12th-13th)

...1960... A snowstorm in the Deep South produced more than a foot of snow in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

...1965... Omaha, Nebraska was buried under 18.5 inches of snow over a two day period. This is the city's second greatest snowfall on record.

...1978... The snow depth at Newport, Rhode Island was 26 inches, breaking the record of 14 inches, set in 1961.

...1987... A storm in the eastern U.S. produced high winds from North Carolina to Maine. A storm in the western U.S. produced up to thirty inches of snow in the Sierra Nevada Range of California.

...1988... A classic "nor'easter" formed off the Carolina coast and intensified as it moved up the Atlantic coast bringing heavy snow to the northeastern U.S. Totals ranged up to 26 inches at Camden NY and Chester MA. At Newport, Rhode Island 2.66 inches of liquid precipitation fell (mostly rain), .57 in one hour, both records (1.48 inches and .16 in one hour set in 1963).  Arctic cold gripped the north central U.S. Duluth MN was the cold spot in the nation with a low of 32 degrees below zero.

...1989... Unseasonably mild weather prevailed across Alaska. Morning lows of 29 degrees at Anchorage and 31 degrees at Fairbanks were actually warmer than those in northern Florida.

...1990... Strong southerly winds ahead of an arctic cold front pushed temperatures into the 70s as far north as Iowa and Nebraska. Twenty-one cities in the central U.S., seven in Iowa, reported record high temperatures for the date. Lincoln NE reported a record high of 73 degrees, and the afternoon high of 59 degrees at Minneapolis MN smashed their previous record for the date by twelve degrees. Springfield IL reported a record forty-eight consecutive days with above normal temperatures.

...2006... The Blizzard of '06 dumped excessive snowfall over the Northeast and Mid Atlantic as an intense low pressure eventually deepened to 28.94 south of Cape Cod. 26.9 inches fell at New York City for its all-time single storm snowfall record. The same record was set at Windsor Locks, Connecticut with 21.9 inches falling (exceeded in January 2011). Other snowfall totals included 28 inches at West Redding, Connecticut, 27 inches at Rahway, New Jersey and West Hartford, Connecticut, 22 inches at Randallstown, Maryland, 20.7 inches at Newark, New Jersey, and 17.5 inches at Boston, Massachusetts.

...2007... A 10 day lake effect snow squall siege came to an end over the areas of New York downwind from Lake Ontario. Redfield measured an incredible 141 inches of snow from the event. Other amounts were 121 inches at Parish and 106 inches at Mexico.

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