February 18 Weather History

...1899... While much of the central and eastern U.S. was recovering from the most severe cold wave of modern history, the temperature at San Francisco soared to 80 degrees to establish a record for month of February.

...1959... Some of the higher elevations of California were in the midst of a five day storm which produced 189 inches of snow, a single storm record for North America. (13th-19th)

...1979... The temperature at Newport, Rhode Island dipped to 3 degrees below zero, breaking the record of 1 degree below zero set in 1958 and the barometric pressure was 30.89 inches breaking the record of 30.49 set in 1943.  The record low temperature for the state of New York was set at Old Forge when the temperature plummeted to 52 degrees below zero.

...1980... A series of 6 major storms hit California from the 13th to the 21st. The southern part of the state was hit the hardest with 30 deaths due to flooding, mudslides, and traffic accidents. 12.75 inches of rain were measured at the Los Angeles Civic Center and 31.69 inches was recorded at Mount Wilson.

...1984... A major storm system dumped heavy snow in the Midwest with the heaviest amounts in Nebraska. 24 inches was recorded at Verdigre and 22 inches fell at Norfolk. 24 hour snowfall records were set at Norfolk and Grand Island. Winds up to 40 mph resulted in considerable blowing and drifting of the snow and many roads in northeastern Nebraska were made impassable.

...1987... A small but intense low pressure system combined with northerly upslope winds to produce eight inches of snow in five hours at Meeteetsie WY, located southeast of Cody.

...1988... Thunderstorms soaked the Central Gulf Coast Region with heavy rain. Totals in southern Louisiana ranged up to 8.50 inches near the town of Ridge, with 6.55 inches at Plaguemine. Thunderstorms in northern Florida drenched Apalachicola with 5.41 inches of rain in 24 hours, and produced wind gusts to 75 mph at Mayo.

...1989... Low pressure off the coast of North Carolina brought freezing rain and heavy snow to Virginia and the Carolinas. Snowfall totals in Virginia ranged up to 18 inches at Franklin. Freezing rain reached a thickness of two inches around Charlotte NC.

...1990... An intense but slow moving Pacific storm worked its way across Utah over a two day period. The storm blanketed the valleys with 4 to 12 inches of snow, and produced up to 42 inches of snow in the mountains. Heavy snow also fell across northern Arizona. Williams received 22 inches of snow, and 12 inches was reported along the south rim of the Grand Canyon.

...1992... A thunderstorm spawned an unusually strong tornado for so far north for the time of the year in southern Van Wert County in Ohio. The tornado touched down just west of US Route 127 and traveled northeastward for about 3 miles. One house was completely leveled and 9 others experienced severe damage. 6 people were injured. This tornado was classified as F4 on the Fujita scale with winds from 207 to 260 mph.

...1998... Newport, Rhode Island was deluged with heavy rain on this day. The day total was 2.94 inches which shattered the record of 1.02 inches set in 1893 and 1.02 inches fell in one hour setting the all time record for February.

...2015... The snow depth at Newport, Rhode Island was 24 inches, breaking the record of 23 inches set in 2003.

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