February 1899

 

A severe arctic outbreak consumed much of the country during the first half of February 1899.  Temperatures fell below 0°F in every state in the continental U.S.  Well over a century later, many all-time record lows remain from this event.  Ice on the Mississippi River flowed past New Orleans for the first time since 1784.

Between February 4 and February 13, there were only 8 hours with temperatures at or above freezing (on February 8) at the Weather Bureau office in downtown Fort Worth.  Despite northwest winds gusting over 30 mph, the mercury plummeted  to -8°F the morning of February 12.  The barometric pressure soared to 31.00".  Dallas dipped to -10°F, and Grapevine fell to -12°F.  Below are some other low temperatures recorded across North Texas on February 12, 1899.

 

February 12, 1899 - Low Temperatures

 

 

 

 


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