February 15 Weather History

...1895... A big Gulf snowstorm produced six inches at Brownsville TX and Mobile AL, 15 inches at Galveston TX, and 24 inches of snow at Rayne LA in 24 hours. Snow fell at the very mouth of the Mississippi River. Houston TX received 22 inches of snow, and nine inches blanketed New Orleans LA.

...1902... Charlotte, North Carolina was in the middle of a three day snowstorm over which time 17.4 inches of snow fell -- its biggest snowstorm on record

...1936... The temperature at Parshall ND plunged to 60 degrees below zero to establish a state record. On the 6th of July that same year the temperature at Steele ND hit 121 degrees, also a state record.

...1943... The low temperature plunged to 10 degrees below zero at Newport, Rhode Island (2nd lowest temperature for February), breaking the record of 5 degrees wet in 1916

...1944... A wind gust of 51 miles per hour was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 48 miles per hour set the year before in 1943.

...1953... 2.14 inches of rain fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 1.33 inches set in 1950.

...1962... Newport, Rhode Island received 10.7 inches of snow, breaking the record of 8.2 set back in 1922.

...1982... An intense cyclone off the Atlantic coast capsized a drilling rig killing 84 persons, and sank a Soviet freighter resulting in 33 more deaths. The cyclone produced 80 mph winds which whipped the water into waves fifty feet high.

...1987... A storm crossing the central U.S. produced severe thunderstorms which spawned tornadoes in Louisiana and Mississippi. Tornadoes injured four persons at Pierre Pass LA, three persons at Tangipahoa LA, two persons at Lexie MS and two persons at Nicholson MS. Thunderstorm winds gusting to 100 mph killed one person south of Sulphur LA. Jackson MS was drenched with 1.5 inches of rain in ten minutes.

...1988... Low pressure brought heavy snow to parts of Michigan, with eleven inches reported at Rogers City. A cold front crossing the Northern Rockies produced wind gusts to 74 mph at Livingston MT, and created blizzard conditions in Idaho.

...1989... Thirty-seven cities in the southeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 80 degrees at Atlanta GA was a February record. Highs of 79 degrees at Chattanooga TN, 84 degrees at Columbia SC and 85 degrees at New Orleans LA equaled February records.

...1990... Snow, sleet and freezing rain along an arctic cold front prevailed from the north central U.S. to the Northern Atlantic Coast Region. High winds created near blizzard conditions in southern Wyoming, closing Interstate 80, while up to eleven inches of snow fell across central Minnesota. Heavy snow also blanketed the Northern Atlantic Coast States, with ten inches reported at Buffalo NY and Mount Washington NH. Freezing rain over southern New England knocked out electricity to more than 10,000 homes in the western suburbs of Boston MA.

...1991... The barometric pressure dipped to 28.78 inches at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 28.91 inches set in 1953.

...1993... Big snow occurred along the Missouri-Arkansas border. 10 to 20 inches was quite common, with Mountain Home, Arkansas recording 24 inches of snow. Cape Girardeau, Missouri received 6 inches of snow in just one hour and 20 minutes.

...2004... Up to 11 inches of snow fell in areas south of Nashville, TN, causing power outages and producing hazardous driving conditions.

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