February 16 Weather History

...1899... Washington D.C. received 1.26 inches of rain in six hours atop a snow cover more than 30 inches deep making it the soggiest day of record.

...1903... The temperature at Pokegama Dam MN plunged to 59 degrees below zero to establish a state record.

...1943... Record cold prevailed in the northeastern U.S. The temperature at Newport, Rhode Island fell to 8 degrees below zero, breaking the record of 3 degrees set in 1930.  The mercury plunged to 43 degrees below zero at Concord NH, and to -39 degrees at Portland ME. The morning low of -32 degrees at Falls Village CT established a state record, yet the afternoon high that day was 20 degrees above zero.

...1954... The high temperature record for the date was broken at Newport, Rhode Island when the temperature rose to 59 degrees, breaking the previous recoerd of 54 degrees from 1949.

...1958... One of the greatest snowstorms of the mid 20th Century struck the northeastern U.S. 39 inches of snow fell at Callicoon, New York. Boston, Massachusetts recorded 19.4 inches which was the greatest 24 hour snowfall ever recorded until January 1978. The same storm dumped 14 inches at Washington, DC and 15.5 inches at Baltimore, Maryland. 43 people were killed as a result of the storm and damage totaled $500 million. At Newport, Rhode Island 15.7 inches of snow fell, breaking the record of 8.8 inches set in 1902 and the barometric pressure fell to 28.71 inches, breaking that record which was set in 1953.

...1987... A winter storm produced snow and ice in the Ohio Valley and the Appalachian Region. Snowfall totals in Virginia ranged up to 14 inches around Farmville, while Granville NC reported eight inches of sleet and ice. Freezing rain in eastern North Carolina caused extensive damage to power lines. Gales lashed the coast of Virginia and North Carolina.

...1967... A wind gust of 55 miles per hour was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 50 miles per hour that was set in 1939.

...1988... Santa Ana winds in southern California gusted to 50 mph in the Rancho Cucamonga area. Quiet weather prevailed across the rest of the nation.

...1989... A surge of arctic air produced all-time record high barometric pressure readings of 31.08 inches at Duluth MN, 30.97 inches at Chicago IL and 30.94 inches at South Bend IN. Readings of 31.00 inches at Milwaukee WI and 30.98 inches at Rockford IL tied their all-time records. Unseasonably warm weather prevailed across the southeastern U.S. Highs of 81 degrees at Athens GA, 87 degrees at Charleston SC, 85 degrees at Macon GA, and 86 degrees at Savannah GA were records for February.

...1990... Strong thunderstorms developing ahead of an arctic cold front produced severe weather across the southeastern U.S. between mid morning on the 15th and early evening on the 16th. Thunderstorms spawned thirteen tornadoes, including one which, prior to dawn on the 16th, injured eleven persons near Carrollton GA. There were also 121 reports of large hail or damaging winds. A late afternoon thunderstorm on the 15th produced baseball size hail at Jackson MS, and prior to dawn on the 16th, a thunderstorm produced high winds which injured four persons at Goodwater AL.

...1996... A coastal storm produced heavy snow along the East Coast to push seasonal snowfall totals to new records at several locations. The following cities set new all-time seasonal snowfall records: Lynchburg, Virginia - 8.1" new, 51.3" total Washington/Dulles, Virginia - 7.5" new, 53.4" total Washington/National, DC - 6.8" new, 40.8" total Baltimore, Maryland - 9.8" new, 54.9" total Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 7.5" new, 55.9" total Hartford/Bradley, Connecticut - 10.3" new, 90.2" total Providence, Rhode Island - 7.0" new, 78.0" total.

...2015... The snow depth at Newport, Rhode Island was 22 inches, breaking the record of 21 inches, set back in 1899.

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