Big mid-February snow storms

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While this winter season has been mild with much below average snow fall.

In the past there have been some very big snowstorms in mid-February. While Michigan for the most part doesn’t get many big time snowstorms in Mid-February that is not the case in some locations. Here some weather events in mid February’s past. All of the events happened on February 14 or 15.

February 14
1895
One of the Deep South’s greatest snowstorms took place with the following reported snow totals: Rayne, LA: 24 inches, Glaveston, TX: 15 inches and 8.2 inches at New Orleans, LA.
(Ref. Wilson Wx. History)

1899
A great blizzard ended along the eastern United States giving Washington DC 20.5 inches of snow to bring their total snow depth to nearly three feet and ended here late in the evening of the 14th. The storm produced 36 inches of snow at Cape May NJ.
(Ref. Virginia Weather History)

1940
Famous Valley Storm barometer was 29.04 NW wind at 34 mph and rain changing to snow and the temperature fell to 10 °F. Valentine’s Day Blizzard hit the northeastern United States Up to a foot and a half of snow blanketed southern New England, and whole gales accompanied the heavy snow stranding many in downtown Boston.

1988
Strong northerly winds ushered arctic air into the north central United States Snow and high winds created blizzard conditions in Minnesota and the Dakotas. Winds gusted to 56 mph at Rapid City SD, and reached 65 mph at Cody WY.
(The National Weather Summary)

1989
While Valentine’s Day was a soggy one in the Ohio Valley and the Tennessee Valley, unseasonably warm weather prevailed in the southeastern United States Seventeen cities reported record high temperatures for the date as readings warmed into the 70s and 80s.
(The National Weather Summary)

1990
Valentine’s Day was a snowy one for many parts of the western and central United States five to ten inches of snow fell across Iowa. Six to 12 inches of snow blanketed northern Illinois, and strong northeasterly winds accompanied the heavy snow. Air traffic came to a halt during the evening at O’Hare Airport in Chicago, where 9.7 inches of snow was reported. More than 250 traffic accidents were reported around Des Moines IA during the evening rush hour. An ice storm glazed east central sections of Illinois, causing twelve million dollars damage in Champaign County alone. But it was warm in the Eastern United States

February 15

1958
The fifth greatest snow for Washington, DC was 14.5 inches. Baltimore, Maryland had 22 inches of snow and 5,000 people were stranded at Bowie Race Track

The storm center developed over Texas on Valentine’s Day. The storm tracked rapidly southeast into a position near Mobile out all about, on February 15, and then it recurved to the Northeast and began to intensify. The storm center past over Columbia, South Carolina and deepened quickly as it moved northeast across North Carolina and off the Virginia Capes. By midnight, of the 16th, the low was just east of the Delmarva Peninsula, with a central pressure of 28.80 inches. Between 14 to 18 inches of snow fell across the Washington area. Winds were sustained at 30 to 40 mph for several days after the storm, causing terrible drifting, in many instances to at least 6 feet. Snowfall rates during the storm were among the heaviest ever record at National Airport 11 inches of snow fell and just a 5 hour period and over 3 inches of snow fell during a one hour period. Generally, a snowfall of 10 to 20 inches occurred from Alabama to a Massachusetts. Up to 30 inches was reported in North East Pennsylvania. The heaviest snow than was about 50 mi. wide and passed directly through the Washington-Baltimore area. Within this band, 15 to 20 inches of snow fell, with 22 inches of snow reported it in the northern suburbs of Baltimore.
Ref. (NWS Ranking for Storms between 1956 and 2011) This is the 11th Worst Snowstorm

1982
A “meteorological bomb” exploded in the Atlantic southeast of Newfoundland. The term is used to describe a storm that rapidly intensifies over the ocean. An intense cyclone off the Atlantic coast capsized a drilling rig killing 84 persons, and sank a Soviet freighter resulting in 33 more deaths. The cyclone produced 80 mph winds that whipped the water into waves fifty feet high.
(Ref. Wilson Wx. History)

1987
A storm crossing the central United States produced severe thunderstorms that spawned tornadoes in Louisiana and Mississippi. Tornadoes injured four persons at Pierre Pass LA; three persons at Tangipahoa LA, two persons at Lexie, MS and two persons at Nicholson MS. Thunderstorm winds gusting to 100 mph killed one person south of Sulphur LA. Jackson MS was drenched with 1.5 inches of rain in ten minutes.
(The National Weather Summary)

1989
Thirty-seven cities in the southeastern United States reported record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 80 degrees at Atlanta GA was a February record. Highs of 79 degrees at Chattanooga TN, 84 degrees at Columbia SC and 85 degrees at New Orleans LA equaled February records.
(The National Weather Summary)

1990
Snow, sleet and freezing rain along an arctic cold front prevailed from the north central United States to the Northern Atlantic Coast Region. High winds created near blizzard conditions in southern Wyoming, closing Interstate 80, while up to eleven inches of snow fell across central Minnesota.
Heavy snow also blanketed the Northern Atlantic Coast States, with ten inches reported at Buffalo, NY and Mount Washington, NH. Freezing rain over southern New England knocked out electricity to more than 10,000 homes in the western suburbs of Boston, MA.
(The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

1993
Heavy snow fell along the Missouri-Arkansas border. 10 to 20 inches was quite common, with Mountain Home, AR recording 24 inches of snow. Cape Girardeau, MO received 6 inches of snow in just one hour and 20 minutes.
(Ref. Wilson Wx. History)

2000
Amarillo, TX, set unusual temperature records today. The high of 82 degrees smashed the old daily high of 76 degrees set in 1921, and the morning low of 41 degrees broke the old high low record for the date of 40 degrees (also set in 1921).
(Ref. Weather Guide Calendar with Phenomenal Weather Events 2011 Accord Pub. 2010, USA)

2003
On this date through the 17th, the President’s Day Storm buried the U.S. East Coast. Many all-time snowfall records were broken, including those in Baltimore, MD and Boston, MA. The storm system brought accumulations of 1 to 2 feet with snowfall amounts exceeding 35 inches across parts of northeastern West Virginia, the heaviest snow accumulations to the East Coast since the Blizzard of 1996.
(Ref. Wilson Wx. History)
Map of the Snowfall Amounts

2004
Tennessee:
Up to 11 inches of snow fall in areas south of Nashville, causing power outages and producing hazardous driving conditions.

(Ref. Wilson Wx. History)

That was just a little history for Mid February

Just to show how mild this winter has been

The low here at my house was +8.1° but officially at the airport when no one was looking it dropped down to +4 and that has a good chance of being the coldest low for the winter of 2019/20 and if that is the case it will be one of the warmest lowest winter lows here at Grand Rapids  A list of winters with warmer lowest that I can find are 1920/21 and 1937/38.

Slim

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Wild Bill
Wild Bill

Doesn’t look like much snow in the near future!! Time to start the transition to landscraping!!!!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Just another perfect winter day! Incredible ski conditions right now! It could not be better! Later People! Get outside and enjoy the winter wonderland!!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)
Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Well the “pounding” from the snow is done, 7 or 8 tenths of an inch. Now it’s freezing drizzle/rain.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Currently we are getting pounded with snow! I love these long winters!

INDY
INDY

Roads are verry slippery in MOST of west Michigan ..Should of been a WWA for GR!! INDY

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

According to the warm weather fanatics, no wwa should issued unless you pick up More than 5 inches of snow and a wsw should not be considered unless you pick up 10 to 12 inches or more! What a joke! They are totally delusional!

INDY
INDY

8 out of the last 9 days we had snow in MOST of west Michigan amazing!! INDY

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Great winter pattern! Nothing better than cold and snow!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

We’re in Holland for a hockey tournament. Where’s all the snow??

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Not anywhere around here! Almost nothing for lake effect again this season. You at Griffs Ice house West? We’ve taken the kids there for years to go ice skating.

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Yep this is our 3rd year at this tourney. Griffs does a good job.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Well if you’re out before 7 and looking for supper, 421 E Main here in Zeeland. Ask for me!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Thanks. Just got steamrolled by a Chicago team 8-2. We’re heading to the hotel. Boys want to swim.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

You tell me! The radar shows snow in Holland currently! Plus if you want tons of snow it is a short one to 2 hr drive up to snow country!!!!!! Get with the program!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Nice read Slim. Glad we’re having such a crazy mild Winter this year and not any storms like those! Looks like this Winter will be summed up as 2 cold days and pretty much the rest historically mild.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Currently we are in a cold and snowy pattern! Who would have thought?

INDY
INDY

Great Scott its cold outside 5* degrees chill up a nother nice Winter day in MOST of west Michigan ….Let it snow let it snow let it snow …..Have a nice saturday….INDY

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Yes the long range cpc is a thing of beauty!

https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

comment imageHere is the 3 month temp outlook.

INDY
INDY

The berry’s won’t be growing on trees anytime soon…keep them winter maps a coming ROCKY ….INDY

Andy W
Andy W

That’s a month old. Nice try.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Lol! Nice catch!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

LOL busted 🤣🤣

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

It is another GREAT winter day outside. I was up in the Traverse city area yesterday and WOW! over a foot of snow on the ground and perfect mid winter conditions! Absolutely incredible! Keep it rocking! I love these long winters!

MichaelV

Thanks, Slim – great post as always

Our low this morning was 1 degree at 3:40 am – had to look twice at my weather graph to see if I was seeing correctly in the morning fog before the coffee kicks in. Temp has been steadily rising since then, currently 11.7.