March 2 Weather History

...1846... A great storm hit Virginia and the Carolinas. The storm caused half a million dollars damage, and in North Carolina drowned fifty families and a thousand cattle on Notts Island.

...1927... Raleigh NC was buried under 17.8 inches of snow in 24 hours, a record for that location. Nashville NC received 31 inches of snow. The average snow depth in the state of Carolina was fourteen inches.

...1950... The wind gusted to 53 miles per hour at Newport, Rhode Island, setting the record for the date.

...1975... The "governor's Tornado in Atlanta did considerable damage to the governor's mansion and surrounding areas resulting in three deaths and 56.5 million dollars damage.

...1985... The high temperature at Newport, Rhode Island rose to 60 degrees, shattering the record of 54 degrees that was set in 1973.  A massive winter storm struck the Northern Plains Region. The storm produced up to 33 inches of snow in northeastern South Dakota, at Summit and at Milbank, and also produced high winds which whipped the heavy snow into drifts twenty feet high.

...1987... A storm in the northeastern U.S. produced heavy snow in Maine, with 16 inches reported at West Grand Lake and Guilford.

...1988... Thunderstorms produced severe weather in the south central U.S. A tornado at Baton Rouge LA injured two persons, and another tornado caused five million dollars damage at the airport in Lafayette LA.

...1989... Snow and high winds plagued the western U.S. Up to 16 inches of snow was reported south of Seattle WA, and more than two feet of snow blanketed the Sierra Nevada Range of California. Winds gusted to 89 mph at Hidden Peak UT, and reached 92 mph at Peavine CA.

...1990... Mild weather continued across the northern tier of states. Highs of 52 degrees at Saint Johnsbury VT, 63 degrees at Olympia WA, and 64 degrees at Seattle WA were records for the date.

...1996... Another East Coast snowstorm deposited 8.8 inches of snow at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking their record of 7.8 inches set back in 1922; 4.6 inches of snow fell at Central Park in New York City to bring its seasonal snowfall total to 66.3 inches, breaking the old season snowfall record of 63.2 inches set in 1947-48.

...2001... Both Caribou and Bangor, Maine set new all-time March record low temperatures with 28 and 16 degrees below zero, respectively.

...2007... It was a stormy day at Newport, Rhode Island when 2.18 inches of rain fell, breaking that record of 1.61 inches set in 2003 and .69 inches fell in one hour, breaking that record of .38 also set in 2003.

...2017... The snow depth at Newport, Rhode Island was 20 inches, breaking the record of 14 inch snow base set in 2005.

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