February 29 Weather History

...1748... The heaviest snow of the "Winter of the Deep Snow" in New England came to an end. Coastal Salem was left with more than thirty inches of snow on the ground.

...1784... This day was noted as the bitterest day of a bitter month at New Haven, Connecticut.

...1964... Thompson Pass AK finished the month with 346.1 inches of snow, a record monthly total for the state of Alaska.

...1988... "Leap Day" proved to be a wet one for southern California, with 4.76 inches of rain reported at Tommys Creek in Ventura County. February went out like a lamb across much of the rest of the nation. Sixteen cities in the central and western U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date.

...1992... Only 0.3 inches of snow was recorded for the month at the National Weather Service Office in Denver, Colorado. This tied February 1970 for the least snowiest February on record. The normal snowfall total for this month is 7.5 inches. Record warmth prevailed across the Midwest and Rockies. Bismarck, North Dakota reached 69 degrees which broke the previous daily record by 19 degrees and also set a new record high temperature for February. Both Boise and Pocatello, Idaho set new record high temperatures for the month with readings of 71 and 65, respectively. International Falls, Minnesota had a morning low of 12 degrees below zero and rose 57 degrees to 45 degrees to set a new record high for the day. Also, the 57 degree temperature spread was the greatest one day spread on record. San Antonio, Texas concluded its wettest winter season (Dec-Feb) on record. 25.97 inches of rain fell during the 3 month period. This by far exceeded the old record of 13.02 inches set back in 1986-87.

...2008... The world's tallest snowwoman is unveiled in the western Maine town of Bethel, ME. "Olympia," named for Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, is about 122 feet tall, 10 feet taller than "Angus, King of the Mountain," which has held the tallest snowman record since 1999. He was named for Angus King, Maine's governor at the time.

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