February 13 Weather History

...1784... Ice floes blocked the Mississippi River at New Orleans, then passed into the Gulf of Mexico. The only other time this occurred was during the "Great Arctic Outbreak" of 1899.

...1885... The "Friday the 13th" avalanche at Alva UT killed sixteen persons, and left thirteen others buried for twelve hours before being rescued.

...1899... A wind gust of 59 miles per hour was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island, setting the record high gust for the date.  It was the coldest morning of record along the Gulf Coast. The temperature dipped to 7 above zero at New Orleans LA and Pensacola FL, and plunged to -1 degree at Mobile AL. The mercury dipped to -2 degrees at Tallahassee, the coldest reading of record for the state of Florida. (David Ludlum)

...1905... Morning lows of -29 degrees at Pond AR, -40 degrees at Lebanon KS, and -40 degrees at Warsaw MO established all-time records for those three states.

...1916... 7.9 inches of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 1.6 inches, set in 1908.

...1917... The low temperature at Newport, Rhode Island got down to two degrees below zero, breaking the record of 0 degrees, set in 1914.

...1958... Snow fell along coastal sections from Louisiana to Florida. Vermillion Locks, Louisiana measured 5 inches, Burrwood, Louisiana had 2 inches, and Tallahassee, Florida recorded 3 inches. Jacksonville, Florida recorded 1.5 inches which was the first measurable snowfall in 59 years.

...1981... The high barometric reading reached to 31.02 inches, setting the all time record established at Newport Rhode Island.

...1967... The low dew point of 21 degrees below zero occurred at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 19 degrees below zero from 1954.

...1987... A storm in the western U.S. produced heavy rain over central California. Chews Ridge reported nearly eleven inches of rain in 24 hours, and extensive flooding occurred in San Benito County. The Mount Rose ski resort in Nevada experienced a "white-out" with 60 mph winds and 36 inches of snow.

...1988... Strong winds in the wake of a storm in the northeastern U.S., gusting to 60 mph at Oswego NY, produced six foot snow drifts in northeastern Ohio. High winds in the mountains of Utah, gusting to 106 mph at the Snowbird ski resort, contributed to a forty car pile-up on Interstate 15, near the town of Bluffdale.

...1989... Showers and thunderstorms produced locally heavy rain and flash flooding from central Texas to western Pennsylvania. Up to ten inches of rain deluged western Kentucky in two days, with five day totals ranging up to 13.16 inches at Gilbertsville Dam KY. Flooding caused tens of millions of dollars damage, including 18 million dollars damage at Frankfort KY.

...1990... A slow moving cold front brought heavy snow to Utah, Colorado and Wyoming. Big Horn WY reported 15 inches of snow, and up to 22 inches was reported in Utah. In Colorado, 8 to 12 inches of snow fell over the northwest suburbs of Denver, while 16 to 22 inches was reported in the high mountain elevations west of Fort Collins. Strong winds accompanied the heavy snow, and bitter cold weather followed in its wake.

...2000... Late this day and into the early morning hours of the 14th, severe thunderstorms spawned 6 tornadoes over southwestern Georgia that killed 19, injured 202, and did $35 million in damages. Camilla was hit the worst as an F3 tornado killed 11 and injured 175 in the town.

...2008... At Newport, Rhode Island, 1.96 inches of rain and melted snow occurred, breaking the record of 1.49 inches, set back in 1893.

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