February 20 Weather History

...1805... The Potomac River was opened after being closed by ice for a period of two months.

...1898... Eastern Wisconsin experienced their biggest snowstorm of record. Racine received thirty inches, and drifts around Milwaukee measured fifteen feet high.

...1912... An F3 tornado tracked 15 miles from Shreveport to Abner, Louisiana, killing 8 people and injuring 50.

...1921... 8.8 inches of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 4.8 inches set in 1918.

...1927... A wind gust of 61 miles per hour was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island setting the record high for the date.

...1930... The high temperature at Newport, Rhode Island peaked at 60 degrees, breaking the record of 54 degrees set in 1974.

...1934... A severe blizzard was in its second day across southern New England. The snowfall was one of Connecticut's worst in modern times with 20 inch accumulations, high winds, and temperatures that dropped from near 32 to 5 degrees during the course of the storm. The barometric pressure fell to 28.82 inches at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 29.07 inches set in 1909.

...1953... A snowstorm in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota produced drifts ten feet high which derailed trains.

...1987... A storm system over Arizona spread heavy snow from the Southern Rockies into the Southern Plains Region. Thunderstorms in central Texas produced golf ball size hail about the same time north central Texas was being blanketed with up to 8 inches of snow, closing many schools. 

...1988... Snow and strong northerly winds ushered arctic air into the Great Lakes Region. The temperature at Sault Ste Marie MI plunged from 30 degrees at 5 AM to one below zero by 3 PM, with a wind chill reading of 40 degrees below zero. Five cities in Florida reported record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 90 degrees at Lakeland was just a degree shy of their February record.

...1989... Thunderstorms developing during the early afternoon produced severe weather from eastern Texas to Alabama and northwest Florida. Thunderstorms spawned a dozen tornadoes during the afternoon and evening. Thunderstorms also produced 90 mph winds around Vicksburg MS, and 100 mph winds around Jackson MS.

...1990... Heavy snow spread into southwestern Kansas and the panhandle region of Oklahoma and Texas. Heavier snowfall totals included 12 inches at Boise City OK, 11 inches at Liberal KS, and 10 inches at Spearman TX. Blowing and drifting snow closed roads in the Oklahoma panhandle.

...1993... Two strong areas of low pressure, one over Colorado and the other off the coast of Washington state, produced high winds, heavy rain, and heavy snow across the western U.S. Winds gusted to 85 mph at Fort Carson, Colorado and to 96 mph at Rock Springs, Wyoming. Flagstaff, Arizona was deluged with 3.93 inches of rain in 24 hours -- its greatest 24 hour rainfall on record. Duck Creek, Utah was buried under 49 inches of snow over a 48 hour period and the Sierra Ski Ranch in California recorded 74 inches of snow over a four day period to raise its snow cover to 200 inches. Farther to the east, a strong overrunning pattern developing ahead of the Colorado low blitzed Sioux City, Iowa with 14 inches of snow in just 6 hours.

...1994... Caribou, Maine soared to 59 degrees, despite a deep snow cover, to set a new record for its warmest winter (Dec-Feb) temperature ever. The previous record was 58 degrees

...1995... The temperature at the Civic Center in Los Angeles, California hit 95 degrees for the highest temperature ever recorded at the location for the month of February

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