February 19 Weather History

...1884... At least 50 tornadoes touched down over the southeastern U.S. states affected were Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. 182 people were killed and 1056 were injured. 37 tornadoes were rated F2 or greater on the Fujita scale. No town was directly hit but damage totaled $4 million, a very large sum for the rural south for this time period.

...1888... A tornado struck Mount Vernon IL. The tornado killed sixteen persons along its 62 mile path.

...1914... 6.3 inches of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island, Breaking the record of 2.1 inches set in 1896.

...1954... High winds across the southern half of the Great Plains, gusting to 85 mph, caused the worst dust storms since the 1930s. Graders were needed in places to clear fence high dirt drifts.

...1972... A vicious coastal storm dumped 10 to 20 inches of snow over interior sections of the Mid Atlantic and Northeast states and caused some of the worst coastal damage this century in New England. 23 inches of snow fell at McHenry, Maryland, 23 inches piled up at Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and Syracuse, New York recorded 20 inches. 20 foot drifts were reported in northeastern Pennsylvania. Storm surges up to 4.5 feet and winds gusting over 80 mph along coastal Rhode Island.  At Newport, Rhode Island a wind gust of 56 miles per hour, breaking the record of 52 miles per hour that was set in 1959. Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine resulted in extensive property damage and tremendous beach erosion. 27 houses were destroyed and 3000 damaged in Massachusetts alone.

...1979... The "President's Day Snowstorm" struck the Mid Atlantic states. This storm was grossly under forecasted by the computer models and surprised many forecasters as well. Dover, Delaware recorded 25 inches of snow and Baltimore, Maryland was buried under 20 inches.

...1987... A winter storm over the southern and central Rockies produced 28 inches of snow at Echo Lake CO, and two feet of snow at Gascon NM and Los Alamos NM. Mora County NM was declared a disaster area following the storm.

...1988... Showers and thunderstorms in the southeastern U.S. drenched Valdosta GA with more than five inches of rain, and the 24 hour rainfall total of 7.10 inches at Apalachicola FL more than doubled their previous 24 hour record for February.

...1989... An upper level weather disturbance brought heavy snow to parts of Nebraska, with six inches reported at Loup City and Surprise.

...1990... A moist Pacific storm worked its way into New Mexico and southern Colorado. Up to 36 inches of snow blanketed the Wolf Creek and Red Mountain passes of southwest Colorado, and up to 15 inches of snow was reported around Trinidad. In New Mexico, the eastern slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains were blanketed with 9 to 28 inches of snow, and 50 to 60 mph wind gusts were reported from Taos to Albuquerque.

...1993... Intense ocean effect snow squalls buried Chatham, Massachusetts under 20 inches of snow. Snow fell at a rate of 4 inches per hour for 3 consecutive hours. A "Norlun" instability trough was responsible for this event.

...2003... A snow depth of 23 inches was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island. It was later tied in 2015.

...2011... Strong winds reaching as high as 40 mph with gusts to 53 mph topple the 48 year old National Christmas tree. Newport, Rhode Island recorded a wind gust of 56 miles per hour, breaking the record of 52 miles per hour, set in 1959. The 42 foot tall Colorado blue spruce sat just south of the White House on the Ellipse. It was transplanted there from York, Pennsylvania in 1978.

...2017... Temperature records were broken at Newport, Rhode Island on this day.  The high temperature peaked at 62 degrees, breaking the record of 59 degrees that was set in 1997; the maximum low temperature was 43 degrees, breaking the record of 40 degrees set in 1997 and 1992 and the mean temperature was 53 degrees, breaking the record of 50 degrees set in 1997 and setting the all time high mean temperature for February at the station.

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