WX History: February 28th

1792: Heavy snow, about 6 inches worth, collapsed the Ashley River Bridge in Charleston, South Carolina.

1846:  William S. Forrest in “Historical and Descriptive Sketches of Norfolk and Vicinity” in 1853 recorded the Great Gust of 1846. The Great Gust was a severe coastal storm that produced 5 feet waves in Norfolk. You can read his account of the storm by clicking HERE. The storm is on the bottom of page 225 to 226.

1900: A massive storm spread record snows from Kansas to New York State. Snow fell for over 24-hours in Toledo, Ohio. When it was all over, the 19 inches set a single storm record for the city. Topeka, Kansas reported 18.7 inches of snow in 24 hours to set their record for most snow in a 24-hour period. 36 inches of snow at Astoria, Illinois sets new state 24-hour snowfall record. Northfield, Vermont picked up 31 inches of snow. Snowfall totals ranged up to 17.5 inches at Springfield, Illinois and 43 inches at Rochester, New York. 60 inches fell in parts of the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. 

1952: A powerful Nor’easter hit Cape Cod with winds of 70-80 mph and snowfall amounts of 12-20 inches. These conditions created 12 feet drifts. 


 1959: An accumulation of heavy snow on the roof of a Listowel Arena in Ontario Canada caused it to collapse during a hockey game. Several people inside were killed.


Source: Therecord.com.

2007: A severe storm, named Xynthia, blows into France, Portugal, and Spain, smashing sea walls, destroying homes, polluting farmland with saltwater and devastating the Atlantic coast’s oyster farms. Winds reach to about 125 mph on the summits of the Pyrenees and up to nearly 100 mph along the Atlantic Coast. Wind speeds of 106 mph are measured atop the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The storm hits hardest in the Vendee and Charente-Maritime regions in southwestern France. The storm is blamed for 52 deaths in France. A Napoleonic sea wall collapsed off the coastal town of La’Aiguillon-sur-Mer. A mobile home park close to the sea wall was particularly hard hit.


Feb 28, 2007 France Storm
The image above is courtesy of NASA’s Earth Observatory.


Source: BBC


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