February 21 Weather History

...1898... 3.20 inches of rain fell at Newport, Rhode Island, setting the all time record high for one day for February.

...1902... At Newport, Rhode Island 12.2 inches of snow fell, breaking the record of 1.1 inches set in 1897.

...1918... A spectacular Chinook wind at Granville ND caused the temperature to spurt from a morning low of 33 degrees below zero to an afternoon high of 50 degrees above zero.

...1930... The temperature at Newport, Rhode Island peaked a 60 degrees, breaking the record of 54 degrees, set in 1913.

...1935... Frequent dust storms occurred in eastern Colorado during the month, forcing schools to close and people to stay indoors. A fatality occurred on this date when two section cars collided on the railroad near Arriba CO, due to poor visibility.

...1936... The temperature at Langdon ND climbed above zero for the first time in six weeks. Readings never got above freezing during all three winter months.

...1950... It was a super cold day at Newport, Rhode Island when the low temperature dipped to 2 degrees below zero, breaking the record of 1 degree set in 1916. The high temperature only rose to 20 degrees, the dew point dipped to 22 degrees below zero and the wind chill was 22 degrees below zero.

...1953... A wind gust of 64 miles per hour was recorded at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the previous record of 55 miles per hour that was set in 1933 and 1946.

...1962... Rock Rapids, Iowa was buried under 30.8 inches of snow over a five day period (17th to 21st) to set the state's single storm snowfall record.

...1971... An outbreak of tornadoes hit northeastern Louisiana and northern and central Mississippi. The tornadoes claimed 121 lives, including 110 in Mississippi. Three tornadoes accounted for 118 of the deaths. There are 1600 persons injured, 900 homes were destroyed or badly damaged, and total damage was 19 million dollars. (David Ludlum) Elk City OK was buried under 36 inches of snow to establish a 24 hour snowfall record for the state.

...1987... Low pressure over central California produced gale force winds along the coast, and produced thunderstorms which pelted Stockton, Oakland and San Jose with small hail.

...1988... A storm tracking across southern Canada produced high winds in the north central U.S., with gusted to 90 mph reported at Boulder CO. The high winds snapped trees and power lines, and ripped shingles off roofs. The Kentucky Fried Chicken Bucket was blown off their store in Havre MT. An eighteen foot fiberglass bear was blown off its stand along a store front in west Cody WY, and sailed east into downtown Cody before the owners were able to transport their wandering bear back home in a horse trailer.

...1989... Thunderstorms developing during the morning hours spread severe weather across Georgia and the Carolinas. Strong thunderstorm winds caused one death and thirteen injuries in North Carolina, and another four injuries in South Carolina.

...1990... Overnight thunderstorms produced heavy rain in central Texas. Rainfall totals ranged up to 2.80 inches at Camp Verde, with 2.20 inches reported at Leakey. Thunderstorms early in the day produced high winds in southern Texas, with wind gusts to 60 mph reported at Alice. Daytime thunderstorms in eastern Texas drenched Rosenberg with four inches of rain.

...1992... Today marked the 16th consecutive day that Sacramento, California recorded measurable rain. This broke the old record of 15 consecutive days set back in February 1936 and again in November 1970. Total rainfall over the 16 day period was 6.41 inches.

...1996... Very hot temperatures for the time of year prevailed across south Texas. All-time February highs were set at Del Rio (103 degrees, San Antonio (100 degrees), Austin and College Station (99 degrees), and Waco (96 degrees).

...2015... The snow depth was 23 inches at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the previous record of 19 inches, set in 2003.

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