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February 2003

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1. At Albany, NY a new lowest maximum temperature record was set on February 16, 2003. The temperature reached only 4°F, breaking the previous record of 5°F which occurred on January 18, 2000.

2. At Burlington, VT a maximum temperature of -2°F was reached on February 16, 2003. This is the first day a below zero high temperature has been recorded at Burlington since February 6, 2000, when the maximum temperature was -5°F.

3. Billings and Sheridan WY broke low temperature records on February 24, 2003. They are as follows:

  • Billings reached 17°F below zero which is the coldest temperature recorded since January 27, 1997 when the temperature fell to 19°F below zero. The gap of six years marks the longest period of time Billings has gone between readings of -17°F or lower since records began in 1934.
  • Sheridan temperatures fell to 20°F below zero which is the coldest temperature recorded since December 21, 1998 when the temperature fell to 26°F below zero. Four years is the longest period of time Sheridan has gone between readings of 20°F below zero or colder since records began in 1934.

4. At Little Rock, AR a new record was set for the lowest high temperature recorded this late in the season on February 27, 2003. The maximum temperature reached only 28°F, breaking by three days the previous record of 28°F which was set on February 24, 1894.

5. Jackson, KY experienced the coldest winter on record this year (December 1, 2002 - February 28, 2003). The average temperature was 33.2°F breaking the previous record of 34.4°F which occurred during the winter of 1981-1982. The normal temperature average for the three month period is 37.3°F.


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1. At Las Vegas, NV a total of 0.74 inches of rain fell on February 12, 2003. This is the 3rd wettest calendar day since November 21, 1996. The top two are: February 21, 2000 with a total of 0.77 inches and July 8, 1999 with a total of 1.29 inches.

2. Dillon, MT set a new monthly precipitation record on February 15, 2003. The month-to-date total reached 0.81 inches breaking the previous record of 0.77 inches set in 1952. Normal February precipitation total is 0.20 inches.

3. Easterwood Field Airport in Bryan/College Station, TX broke the record for the highest daily rainfall amount ever recorded in the month of February on the 20th, 2003. A total of 4.76 inches of rain fell breaking the previous record of 3.81 inches set in 1927.

4. A new monthly precipitation record was set at Jackson, KY for February in 2003. A total of 7.89 inches of rain fell breaking the previous record of 7.61 inches that fell in 1989.


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1. At Central Park, NY the storm total from the President's Day snow storm (16-17) reached 19.8 inches on February 17, 2003. This is fourth largest snow storm in terms of snowfall totals since records have been kept dating back to 1869. The top three are as follows:

  • 26.4 inches on December 26-27, 1947
  • 21.0 inches on March 12-14, 1888
  • 20.2 inches on January 6-7, 1996

2. At Albany, NY the 24 hour snowfall total reached 11.9 inches on February 17, 2003. This puts the 2002-2003 season (October-May) in the top ten snowiest seasons, ranking 8th with a total of 93.3 inches thus far. The snowiest season ever recorded was 1970-71 season having a total of 112.5 inches of snow.

3. At Philadelphia, PA 18.7 inches of snow fell during the President's Day snow storm February 16-17, 2003. This is the third highest total for a February storm event. The second highest total is 18.9 inches that fell February 12-14, 1899. The highest total for a February storm event is 21.3 inches which fell on February 11-12, 1983. This most recent storm is also ranked 6th in all-time winter storms for Philadelphia. The top five are as follows:

  • 30.7 inches on January 7-8, 1996
  • 21.3 inches on February 11-12, 1983
  • 21.0 inches on December 25-26, 1909
  • 19.4 inches on April 3-4, 1915
  • 18.9 inches on February 12-14, 1899

4. Baltimore, MD set a new snowfall record with the President's Day storm (15-18, 2003). A total of 28.2 inches of snow fell making this storm the top snow storm on record. The following is the top ten snow storms for Baltimore:

  • 28.2 inches on February 15-18, 2003
  • 26.5 inches on January 27-29, 1922
  • 22.8 inches on February 11-12, 1983
  • 22.5 inches on January 7-8, 1996
  • 22.0 inches on March 29-30, 1942
  • 21.4 inches on February 11-14, 1899
  • 20.0 inches on February 18-19, 1979
  • 16.0 inches on March 15-18, 1892
  • 15.5 inches on February 15-16, 1958
  • 14.9 inches on January 25, 2000

5. Washington D.C.'s President's Day storm (15-18, 2003) total was 16.7 inches. This ranks as the fifth heaviest snow storm on record. The top ten are as follows:

  • 28.0 inches on January 27-28, 1922
  • 20.5 inches on February 11-13, 1899
  • 18.7 inches on February 18-19, 1979
  • 17.1 inches on January 6-8, 1996
  • 16.7 inches on February 15-18, 2003
  • 16.6 inches on February 11-12, 1983
  • 14.4 inches on February 15-16, 1958
  • 14.4 inches on February 7, 1936
  • 14.3 inches on February 16-18, 1900
  • 13.8 inches on January 10, 1966

6. Boston, MA set a new record for the greatest snow storm snowfall total when the President's Day snow storm occurred on February 17-18, 2003. A total of 27.5 inches of snow fell breaking the previous record of 27.1 inches set on February 6-7, 1997. This storm also set a new record for the snowiest February on record with a total of 41.6 inches breaking the previous record of 41.3 inches set in 1969.

7. Indianapolis, IN broke a record for the snowiest February on record on February 24, 2003. A total of 2.5 inches was measured bringing the monthly total to 21.3 inches breaking the previous record of 21.0 inches set in 1910.

8. Pittsburgh, PA broke the snowiest February record on February 24, 2003. A total of 3.0 inches fell bringing the monthly total to 25.0 inches. The previous record was 24.2 inches set in 1972.

9. Tulsa, OK set a new monthly snowfall record for February 2003. On February 25, 2003 an additional 0.2 of an inch of snow fell bringing the monthly total to 10.2 inches. The previous February record occurred in 1960 with 10.1 inches.

10. Baltimore, MD set a new record for the snowiest February on record in 2003. An additional 1.2 inches fell on the 27th to bring the monthly total to 37.8 inches breaking the old record of 33.9 inches which was set in February 1899.

11. In Wilmington, NJ a new record was set for the all-time snowiest February and month ever. A total of 31.6 inches of snow fell breaking the previous record of 27.5 inches which was also set in February of 1979.

12. Clarksburg, WV set a new snowiest February record for February 2003. A total of 37.9 inches of snow fell breaking the previous record of 25.0 inches set in 1979. The average for February is near 8 inches. Also, February 2003 ranks as the second snowiest month of all-time with the snowiest month record being November of 1950 with a total of 39.3 inches.


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