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Weather on This Date - February 26




February 26, 1910 
Parts of Washington State were in the midst of a storm which produced 129 inches of snow at Laconia between the 24th and the 26th, a single storm record for the state. A series of storms, which began on the 23rd, led to a deadly avalanche on the first of March. By late on the 28th, the snow had changed to rain, setting the stage for disaster. (The Weather Channel) 

February 26, 1972 
The Buffalo Creek disaster occurred in the Buffalo Creek Hollow of Logan County in West Virginia. A coal slag dam on the Middle Fork of Buffalo Creek burst sending a fifty foot wall of water down a narrow valley killing 125 persons and causing 51 million dollars damage. Three days of rain atop a six inches snow cover prompted the dam break. (David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel) 

February 26, 1987 
A slow moving storm in the southwestern U.S. spread heavy snow from the southern and central Rockies into the Central High Plains Region. Totals in Colorado ranged up to 62 inches at Purgatory. Colorado Springs CO reported a February record of 14.8 inches of snow in 24 hours. Lander WY received four inches in one hour, 13 inches in seven hours, and a record storm total of 26 inches. High winds created near blizzard conditions at Colorado Springs. Fairplay CO reported 43 inches of snow, with drifts ten feet high. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) 

February 26, 1988 
Eight cities in the central and western U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date, including Lamoni IA with a reading of 67 degrees. Temperatures in North Dakota were as warm as those in Florida. (The National Weather Summary) 

February 26, 1989 
An upper level weather disturbance brought snow to parts of the central U.S. which just one day earlier were enjoying temperatures in the 60's. Snowfall totals in Missouri ranged up to nine inches at Rolla. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) 

February 26, 1990 
Unseasonably cold weather followed in the wake of the winter storm in the northeastern U.S. Ten cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Syracuse NY with a reading of 10 degrees below zero. Freezing temperatures in southeastern Virginia caused considerable damage to plants and fruit trees. The barometric pressure reading of 30.88 inches at Wilmington NC was February record for that location. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) 

February 26, 2004 
A major snowstorm dumps up to 20 inches of snow in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Charlotte's third largest snowstorm on record accumulates 11.6 inches at the airport. 

February 26, 2008
A strong cold front swept into northwest Georgia in the early morning hours. A squall line of thunderstorms reached the Georgia/Alabama border around 5 AM, intensifying as it moved into Georgia. Wind gusts in excess of 60 MPH affected many counties in north and central Georgia as these thunderstorms rolled through the area. Two tornadoes, one an EF-3, developed along the stronger part of the line as it moved through Carroll County before daybreak causing extensive damage along their paths and injuring 2 people. (NWS Atlanta)

Data courtesy of WeatherForYou





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