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Weather History: February 24: Record temps, storms, snow, tornadoes & wind

Meteorological events that happened on February 24th:


The Susquehanna River ice bridge at Havre de Grace, MD commenced to break up after 40 days of use. A total of 1,738 loaded freight cars were hauled along rails laid on the ice.


Professor Cleveland Abbe began preparing the Western Union Telegraph Company's Weather Report, a plotted daily weather map issued 6 days a week. The cooperation of the telegraph companies were critical to the survival of our early national weather network. They provided free transmission time and priority handling for weather messages.


The temperature at Valley Head, AL fell to -18°. This was the coldest temperature ever recorded in Alabama until January 1966.


The state's greatest snowstorm dumped 129 inches of snow on Laconia, WA over 3 days.


Vermont and New Hampshire received brown snow due to dust from storms in the Great Plains. A muddy rain fell across parts of northern New York State.


Snow, sleet, freezing rain and severe thunderstorms in southern New England occurred. $5 million in property damage resulted.


The famous "100-Hour Storm" began at Boston, MA. Snow fell much of the time between early on the 25th through noon on the 28th. The 26.3 inches at Logan Airport is the 2nd greatest snowstorm in Boston’s history. 77 inches fell at Pinkham Notch Base Station in New Hampshire bringing their February total to 130 inches. Their snow cover on the 27th was 164 inches. Mt. Washington, NH received 172.8 inches of snow in the month.

Out west, a winter storm struck parts of the southwestern U.S. Beatty, NV was flooded with 3 feet of water and washed out 15 miles of Highway 95 in Nye County. Drifts as high as 15 feet forced 85 families to be evacuated from Mt. Charleston, NV as the snow closed roads and cut power. A mother and son were killed in their home on the mountain when it was splintered apart by an avalanche. Bishop, CA received 3.50 inches of precipitation on this date which included 8.5 inches of snow.


Dust from the western Great Plains reduced visibilities from eastern Virginia through the southeastern states into Florida. The dust originated in the western Great Plains on the 22nd and 23rd, as winds gust above 100 mph at Guadalupe Pass, TX and White Sands, NM, and over Sherman County, Kansas and eastern Colorado.


Chuping tied Malaysia’s hottest temperature ever as the temperature rose to 101°.


The massive winter storm continued to pound the western U.S. In southern California, Big Bear was blanketed with 17 inches of snow and Lake Hughes reported 4 inches in one hour. Snow pellets whitened coastal areas of Orange and San Diego counties with 3 inches falling at Huntington Beach. Thunderstorms producing hail and waterspouts also occurred. In Colorado, Purgatory was buried under 62 inches of snow over a 4 day period and Colorado Springs had 14.8 inches in 24 hours to set a 24 hour snowfall record for February.


Strong winds produced snow squalls in the Great Lakes Region which created "white-out" conditions in eastern Upper Michigan. Squalls produced up to 14 inches of snow in Geauga County of northeastern Ohio.


Many cities in the eastern U.S. reported new record low temperatures for the date, and an Atlantic coast storm spread heavy snow from Georgia to southern New England. Snowfall totals in New Jersey ranged up to 24 inches in May County, with 19 inches reported at Atlantic City. Totals in North Carolina ranged up to 18 inches in Gates County, and winds along the coast of North Carolina gusted to 70 mph at Duck Pier. Strong winds gusting to 52 mph created blizzard conditions at Chatham, MA.


Strong northerly winds prevailed from Illinois to the Southern and Central Appalachians. Winds gusted to 68 mph at Sewickley Heights, PA. High winds caused considerable blowing and drifting of snow across northern and central Indiana through the day. Wind gusts to 47 mph and 6 to 8 inches of snow created white-out conditions around South Bend, IN. Traffic accidents resulted in 2 deaths and 130 injuries. 65 persons were injured in one accident along Interstate 69 in Huntington County. Wind gusts to 60 mph and 4 to 8 inches of snow created blizzard conditions in eastern and northern Ohio.

The Netherlands recorded their hottest February day on record when the high temperature reached 69° in Oost Maarland.


As of 2:45 am CST, International Falls, MN had recorded 29.5 inches of snow for the month with snow still falling. This set a new monthly snowfall record for February. The old record was 29.0 inches set back in 1911. A new record was also set for winter season snowfall (Dec-Feb) with 68.5 inches.


A record snowstorm occurred in the Pacific Northwest. 65 inches in 24 hours at Crystal Mountain set the state of Washington’s record. Stampede Pass at 4,500 feet received 30 inches bringing the total on the ground to 94 inches.


Today marked the 54th consecutive day in San Antonio, TX without measurable precipitation, their 2nd longest rain-free period.

St John, Newfoundland Canada's warmest February day was recorded when the temperature hit 61°.


Between the 24th and the 27th, a major Kona Low affected Hawaii. It caused extremely high winds at Hilo on the Big Island along with winter storm conditions on the summits of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Haleakala. Thunderstorms produced heavy rain and large hail on the Big Island and Maui. Damage was estimated at $4 million dollars. Huge waves pummeled all of the islands.


A late evening F3 tornado cut a 23 mile long path through Pontotoc County, Mississippi, killing 7 people. In spite of the nearest National Weather Service Doppler Radar not working, warnings were in effect for the tornado. Nearly 300 homes were damaged or destroyed. Other F2 tornadoes were reported in Mississippi and several twisters touched down around Little Rock, AR, all spawned by the same system.


Heavy snows blanketed wide areas of northern New Mexico, closing schools and highways. Snow accumulations to 20 inches occurred in the mountains east of Santa Fe. Sandia Park, east of Albuquerque, measured 11inches with 8 inches reported at Los Alamos.


Thousands of athletes and visitors descend on Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory for the 2007 Canada Winter Games in late February and were greeted by extreme cold. Temperatures varied from daily highs of -4° to nightly lows of -33° with wind chills dipping to -50°.


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