Weather on This Date - February 11
February 11, 1899
Perhaps the greatest of all arctic outbreaks commenced on this date. The temperature plunged to 61 degrees below zero in Montana. At the same time a "Great Eastern Blizzard" left a blanket of snow from Georgia to New Hampshire. The state of Virginia took the brunt of the storm, with snowfall totals averaging 30 to 40 inches. (David Ludlum)
February 11, 1983
The Middle Atlantic Coast States and southern New England were in the midst of a major snowstorm. In Pennsylvania, the storm produced 21 inches at Philadelphia, 24 inches at Harrisburg, and 25 inches at Allentown, establishing record 24 hour totals and single storm totals for those locations. New York City received 22 inches of snow, and 35 inches was reported at Glen Gary, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia. Windsor Locks CT received a record 19 inches of snow in 12 hours. The storm resulted in forty-six deaths, thirty-three of which occurred when a freighter capsized and sank off the Maryland/Virginia coast. Heavy snow was reported from northeastern Georgia to eastern Maine. (10th-12th) (Storm Data) (The Weather Channel)
February 11, 1987
Denver, CO, reported only their third occurrence of record of a thunderstorm in February. Ten cities in the north central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. Huron SD reported February temperatures averaging 19 degrees above normal. Williston ND reported readings averaging 24 degrees above normal for the month. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
February 11, 1988
Bitter cold air gripped the north central U.S. Morning lows of 35 degrees below zero at Aberdeen SD, Bismarck ND and International Falls MN were records for the date. Bemidji MN was, officially, the cold spot in the nation with a low of 39 degrees below zero, however, a reading of 42 degrees below zero was reported at Gettysburg SD. In the Northern High Plains Region, Baker MT warmed from 27 degrees below zero to 40 above. (The National Weather Summary)
February 11, 1989
While much of the continental U.S. enjoyed sunshine and seasonable temperatures, a strong weather system over the Hawaiian Islands deluged Honolulu with 2.5 inches of rain. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
February 11, 1990
A winter storm produced up to ten inches of snow in Vermont, and up to nine inches of snow in Aroostook County of northeastern Maine. A three day snowstorm began to overspread Oregon, and the winter storm produced 29 inches of snow at Bennett Pass. Mild weather continued in the central U.S. La Crosse WI reported a record forty-seven consecutive days with temperatures above normal. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
February 11, 2004
North Dakota Governor John Hoeven declares a snow emergency as winds gusting over 70 mph along with heavy snow produces low visibilities and drifts up to 20 feet in northwestern North Dakota. Amtrak train service is interrupted in the region. The Weather Doctor
February 11, 2006
Snowfall records fell in Philadelphia and Allentown, Pennsylvania, Bridgeport and Hartford, Connecticut, Newark, New Jersey, and Worchester and Boston, Massachusetts. The highest total reported was 30.2 inches at Fairfield, CT. New York City set a record one-day snowfall record of 26.9 inches in Central Park.
February 11, 2014
The beginnings of what was to become a historical storm began impacting the state. This storm came in two waves, the first coming on this date. Between 2 and 5 inches of snow fell north of a Rome to Gainesville line. South of this line a mixture of rain, sleet and snow fell but with little impact at that time. The second wave came the next day, February 12th. For more information on this storm, view the event summary. (NWS Atlanta)
Data courtesy of WeatherForYou
February 11-13, 2014 Winter Storm
Here is a gallery of images (at the bottom) that I saved from the February 11-13, 2014 winter storm, and the NWS has more information on their event summary page. I've also included the storm summary and a two of the AFD's from the 12 hour period preceding the storm.
NWS Atlanta Storm Summary -
On the heels of a significant winter storm 2 weeks earlier, a more powerful storm brought heavy snow and record level of ice to north and central Georgia on February 11-13, 2014. Two rounds of precipitation occurred with this event. The first moved in early Tuesday morning on the 11th bringing 2 to 5 inches snow to areas roughly north of a Rome to Gainesville line. South of this line a mixture of rain, sleet and snow occurred with little impact at the time.
The second round proved to be more significant of the two... as it moved in Wednesday morning as a cold air damming event, or wedge front, pushed southwest from upstate South Carolina and into northeast Georgia and points south and west. The precipitation continued through day and into the overnight. Fortunately a "dry slot" wrapped around the south end east side of the upper level low pressure area. This dry slot caused precipitation to break up across much of the area late Wednesday morning through the afternoon. This dry slot was larger and further north than most computer forecasts were indicating previously. Had it developed as expected further south, the impact of freezing rain and snow would have been much, more worse. That said, areas along and just south of the Interstate 20 corridor of East Central Georgia still received ice totals not seen in decades. By the time the precipitation wrapping around the back side of the upper low pressure area ended late Wednesday night in north Georgia, a large area of 2 to 4 inches of snow had fallen roughly north of I-20 and ice accumulations of 1/4 to over 1/2 inch near Atlanta and amounts over 3/4 of an inch all along the I-20 east corridor towards Augusta (see accumulation map).
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