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2013 February

Amarillo, Texas hit by 2nd Biggest Snowstorm on Record/Wichita Update

Amarillo, Texas picked up at least 17” of snow on February 24-25, its 2nd greatest snow on record. Just last week Wichita, Kansas also received its 2nd greatest snow on record when 14.2” fell on February 20-21. The storm that blew over the Texas Panhandle last night and this morning (with wind gusts as high as 77 mph) is now bringing heavy snow to Wichita, Kansas.

weatherhistorian, • 8:52 PM GMT on February 25, 2013

Record Snow Depth (for an official site) Measured in Japan

An amazing 515 cm (202.8” or almost 17’) level snow depth was measured at Sukayu Onsen, Aomori on Honshu Island in Japan on February 21st, the deepest snow measured at an official weather site in Japan records. However, much deeper snow has accumulated at uninhabited sites in the Japanese Alps.

weatherhistorian, • 8:38 PM GMT on February 21, 2013

Another Big Storm but with a (Relatively) Small Punch

Just one week after the massive blizzard of February 8-9 the Northeast saw another powerful winter storm bomb off the Atlantic Coast producing blizzard conditions on Cape Cod, Maine, and portions of Maritime Canada. In fact, the latest storm (on February 16-17 and dubbed “Plato” by the Weather Channel) was synoptically more intense than “Nemo” but did not produce nearly as much snow.

weatherhistorian, • 8:32 PM GMT on February 18, 2013

Key West, Florida Ends Long Dry Spell

On February 14th .60” of rain fell at the official weather site in Key West, Florida. This was its heaviest daily rainfall since last October 15th when .69” fell.

weatherhistorian, • 8:52 PM GMT on February 15, 2013

Last Weekend’s Blizzard now Impacting the U.K.

The winter storm that paralyzed the Northeast last weekend has brought snow and heavy rains to the U.K. this week. Some parts of Scotland have received their greatest snow accumulations so far this winter although they are not nearly as impressive as what occurred in the U.S. and Canada February 8-9.

weatherhistorian, • 10:31 PM GMT on February 13, 2013

Winter Storm 'Nemo': A Historical Perspective

Winter storm ‘Nemo’ (as The Weather Channel’ has designated it), winded up this Saturday night although sea-affect snow showers continue to affect Cape Cod and Nantucket Island in Massachusetts. The storm was certainly among the top five to affect Southern New England and Maine and for some localities, the worst winter storm on record (going back 300 years since European inhabitants began keeping track of such things).

weatherhistorian, • 9:07 AM GMT on February 10, 2013

January 2013 Global Weather Extremes Summary

January was notable for extreme heat, wild fires, and floods in Australia, record heat in southern Africa and Patagonia while a cold wave was endured in India and China. The U.S. saw a massive tornado outbreak and record warm temperatures ahead of the system that spawned the severe weather.Below are some of the month’s highlights.

weatherhistorian, • 10:05 PM GMT on February 07, 2013

Strange Snowfalls

Although there were no spectacular snowstorms in the contiguous U.S. this past January there were a couple of interesting snow events. On January 20th the residents of Vermont were amazed to find their yards and fields covered with large snow rollers. A week later, on January 27th, giant snowflakes “the size of cotton balls” were observed near Moline, Illinois. Here is a summary of some strange snow events.

weatherhistorian, • 8:54 PM GMT on February 04, 2013