February 26 Weather History

...1732... "Reckoned as cold a day as has happened here in the memory of man among us.", According to the New England Weekly Journal.

...1910... Parts of Washington State were in the midst of a storm which produced 129 inches of snow at Laconia between the 24th and the 26th, a single storm record for the state. A series of storms, which began on the 23rd, led to a deadly avalanche on the first of March. By late on the 28th, the snow had changed to rain, setting the stage for disaster.

...1928... The temperature fell to 1 degree at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 8 degrees set in 1907.

...1929... 8.3 inches of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 1 inch set in 1899.

...1957... The high temperature peaked at 62 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 55 degrees set in 1951.

...1961... At Newport, Rhode Island the barometric pressure fell to 28.82 inches, breaking the record of 29.31 inches set in 1956.

...1969... The "100 hour snowstorm" was in full swing across the Boston area and the rest of New England as well. By the time snow ended on the 28th, Boston recorded 26.3 inches of new snow. Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire was buried under and incredible 77 inches and Long Falls Dam, Maine checked in with 56 inches. both Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Portland, Maine set new single storm snowfall records with 33.8 inches and 26.9 inches, respectively. Rockport, Massachusetts measured an impressive 39 inches.

...1972... The Buffalo Creek disaster occurred in the Buffalo Creek Hollow of Logan County in West Virginia. A coal slag dam on the Middle Fork of Buffalo Creek burst sending a fifty foot wall of water down a narrow valley killing 125 persons and causing 51 million dollars damage. Three days of rain atop a six inches snow cover prompted the dam break.

...1979... 2.25 inches of rain fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the previous record of 1.29 inches that was set in 1960.

...1987... A slow moving storm in the southwestern U.S. spread heavy snow from the southern and central Rockies into the Central High Plains Region. Totals in Colorado ranged up to 62 inches at Purgatory. Colorado Springs CO reported a February record of 14.8 inches of snow in 24 hours. Lander WY received four inches in one hour, 13 inches in seven hours, and a record storm total of 26 inches. High winds created near blizzard conditions at Colorado Springs. Fairplay CO reported 43 inches of snow, with drifts ten feet high.

...1988... Eight cities in the central and western U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date, including Lamoni IA with a reading of 67 degrees. Temperatures in North Dakota were as warm as those in Florida.

...1989... An upper level weather disturbance brought snow to parts of the central U.S. which just one day earlier were enjoying temperatures in the 60s. Snowfall totals in Missouri ranged up to nine inches at Rolla.

...1990... The high barometric pressure record was set at Newport, Rhode Island when the barometer rose to 30.99 inches, breaking the previous record of 30.63 that was set in 1967.  Unseasonably cold weather followed in the wake of the winter storm in the northeastern U.S. Ten cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Syracuse NY with a reading of 10 degrees below zero. Freezing temperatures in southeastern Virginia caused considerable damage to plants and fruit trees. The barometric pressure reading of 30.88 inches at Wilmington NC was February record for that location.

...2000... Both Buffalo, New York and International Falls, Minnesota set new record high temperatures for February with 71 and 58 degrees, respectively.

...2004... A major snowstorm dumps up to 20 inches of snow in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Charlotte's third largest snowstorm on record accumulates 11.6 inches at the airport.

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