Meteorological events that happened on February 8th:
A severe cold wave gripped the southeastern U.S. The mercury dipped to 8° at Jacksonville, FL, and to 0°F at Charleston, SC & Savannah, GA. Orange trees were killed to the roots.
On this date through the 9th, a severe freeze hit parts of Florida. Some record low temperatures included: Tallahassee: 11°, Ocala: 16° and 19° at Orlando. This freeze followed the December 1894 freeze and due to intervening mild weather citrus trees were greatly damaged.
The maximum temperature climbed to only -39° in Roseau, MN, the second-coldest maximum temperature ever recorded in the lower 48 states. (The coldest maximum temperature ever recorded in the lower 48 was -44° in Glasgow, MT, on 1/12/1916).
Soon after the third storm had passed record cold moved in to Washington, D.C. from Canada and by the 11th Washington set their all time record low temperature of -15°.
This marked the coldest day on record for Sioux City, IA. On this day, the average temperature for Sioux City was only -24°. The low for this day was a frigid -27°, and the high was just -22°. Incidentally, these two temperatures hold the record low, and the record low-high for this date that stand to this day. Grand Meadow, MN set their all-time record February record low with -34°.
Takada, Japan, the snowiest place in Asia, reported 58.6 inches of snowfall this day.
Texas recorded their coldest temperature ever as Seminole dropped to -23°.
Cheyenne, WY recorded their coldest temperature in February with a low of -34° while Denver, CO tied their coldest February reading when the thermometer dropped to -30°.
The first 8 days of the month saw Vega, TX receive 61 inches of snow from one storm which still stands as the state record for snowfall from a single storm.
Three inches of freezing rain / ice fell on Mt. Haleakala. What is so unusual about this ice storm is that this mountain is located in Hawaii.
3.6 inches of snow fell at Savannah, GA, the biggest snowfall for the city in 100 years.
Heavy rain that began on this day ended on the 10th across parts of southern California. 16.4 inches fell at Lytle Creek, 13.64 inches at Lake Arrowhead, 11.97 inches in Wrightwood, 11.15 inches in Devore, 10.4 inches at Santiago Peak, 8.5 inches in Crestline, 5 inches in Ontario, 4.79 inches in Big Bear Lake, and 3.83 inches in Santa Ana. 20 people were killed. Widespread flooding, flash flooding, and mud slides resulted, and numerous homes washed away.
On this date through the 18th, the temperature dropped to -40° and winds in excess of 60 mph caused blowing and drifting snow at Iqaluit, Northwest Territories Canada, as blizzard conditions forced residents to stay indoors for 10 days.
Bakersfield, CA received measurable precipitation on 11 consecutive days, starting on this date. This is the longest such streak on record there.
Blue Canyon, CA set a 24-hour February snowfall record with 40 inches ending on this date. Blue Canyon is the 2nd snowiest place in the lower 48 with an average of 241 inches of snow each year. Mt. Washington, NH averages 256 inches per year.
Central Florida endured a severe weather outbreak that spawned many tornadoes. A tornado near Bartow, Polk County, severely damaged 14 homes and caused minor damage to six others. A tornado overturned a mobile home in Hudson, Pasco County, and another tornado occurring from Volusia to Pierson in Volusia County damaged a campground, then moved on to damage fern-growing sheds and cause injury to a man when a branch fell on his mobile home. In Bradenton, Manatee County, a tornado hit a flea market, severely injuring a man and slightly injuring three others. Twenty cars were damaged by high winds on the Pinellas County coast. A firefighter was injured in Manatee County when lightning struck nearby. Many reports of 0.75 inch in diameter hail were received. A boat was overturned on Lake Kissimmee by high wind and its occupant drowned.
A powerful storm produced blizzard conditions in the Great Lakes Region. Winds gusted to 86 mph at Janesville, WI and Cleveland, OH received 12 inches of snow. North winds of 50 to 70 mph raised the water level of southern Lake Michigan 2 feet, and produced waves 12 to 18 feet high, causing $7 million dollars damage along the Chicago area shoreline. It was the most damage caused by shoreline flooding and erosion in the history of Chicago.
Arctic air invaded the north central U.S. Hibbing MN reported a morning low of -30°.
A winter storm over California produced snow from the beaches of Malibu to the desert canyons around Palm Springs, and the snow created mammoth traffic jams in the Los Angeles Basin. Many cities in the western U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. Marysville, CA reported an all-time record low reading of 21°F.
The high of just 41° at Fresno, CA was their coldest ever in February. In the Kern County Deserts, accumulating snow accompanied this severe cold wave with 5.8 inches measured at China Lake NAS, 4 inches at Inyokern and 3 inches at Mojave and Randsburg.
The first intense snowfall of the 1988-89 snow season hit the Niagara Frontier across western New York on the 6th. A lake-effect snow squall stalled over Buffalo for nearly 12 hours on the 6th-7th. The three day snowfall total was 15.8 inches of which 9.4 inches fell on the 7th. Reported storm totals from other areas ranged from 8 inches to 18 inches.
Unseasonably mild weather prevailed across the south central and eastern U.S. Many cities reported record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 53° at Flint, MI surpassed their previous record by 10 degrees, and the high of 66° at Burlington, IA exceeded their old record by 8 degrees.
February 1994 the back to back ice storms struck on February 8 to 9 and again February 10 to 11 leaving a coat of ice, one to three inches thick, across much of the Mid-Atlantic. Areas west of Frederick County, Maryland saw anywhere from 5 to 9 inches of sleet accumulate. Toward the end of the storm, this area saw light freezing rain solidify the sleet on the ground and but a glaze across trees and wires. There were scattered outages and at least 75 ice-related injuries that were treated at area hospitals. Across central and northern Maryland, Northern Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley, and the central Piedmont of Virginia, about 4 to 7 inches of sleet fell. Again in this area, light freezing rain toward the end of the storm, which solidified the ice and coated everything. It was enough to do about $5 million in damages across this region. The hardest hit area was Southern Maryland, Annapolis, and the Eastern Shore and southwest across Fredericksburg and the Northern Neck area and down toward Lynchburg and Danville in Virginia. Here, the combination of the two storms left 3 to 5 inches of ice on surfaces. It was too much for trees and wires. Some counties lost 10 percent of their trees. Fallen trees made roads impassable. Some trees fell on cars and houses. Electric and phone lines were down with as much as 90% of the area's people without power. Even with help from out-of-state utility companies, many people were without power for a week. A presidential disaster declaration was given for the counties affected in a 40 to 50 mile wide band all the way from Delaware southwest to Tennessee. Damages were estimated at near $100 million dollars for the Virginia-Maryland area. There were hundreds of injuries from automobile accidents and people falling on ice. It was likely the iciest winter the Baltimore-Washington area has ever seen. Further north, Boston, MA recorded 18.4 inches of snow beginning on this date through the 10th.
Many people across central and eastern Oklahoma well remember the ice storm of February 8th and 9th, 1994. Freezing rain and sleet covered much of the eastern two thirds of the state with a significant ice accumulation. The hardest hit areas were in south central and southeast Oklahoma, where ice accumulations of nearly an inch were reported. The icy roads caused major traffic problems. In the Oklahoma City metro area alone, there were over 300 reported accidents.
A fast moving cold front brought high winds and snow to the mountains around Salt Lake City, UT as the 2002 Olympic Winter Games were getting underway. Wind gusts of up to 71 mph caused problems for Ski Jumping, and the competition had to be postponed.
Santa Ana winds started on this day and ended on the 10th. A gust of 80 mph was measured at Descanso, 78 mph at Fremont Canyon and 76 mph in San Bernardino. A fire developed in the Fallbrook area.
Snow fell on the Jordanian capital or Amman and surrounding regions, blocking roads and closing schools. The storm brought snow, heavy rain and high winds to the Holy Land and Middle East.
Torrential rain falls on the Pacific island nation of Tonga. According to the Tonga Meteorological Office, a total of 7.2 inches of rain accumulated in six hours; close to a typical month's worth of rain. The heavy rain cause flash floods in many low-lying areas.
Snow fell at levels above 11,000 feet on the Big Island's Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea.
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