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Daily Historical Weather Information for February

Daily Historical Weather for February 1

On this date in 2011, blizzard-like conditions occurred across a large part of central and eastern Oklahoma. Strong winds, gusting over 55 mph at times, made snowfall measurements very difficult. Areas from Oklahoma City to Tulsa reported 10 to 15 inches of snowfall. Oklahoma City reported a record for the date with a total of 11.8 inches, which also turns out to be the second highest snow total for any day in Oklahoma City.

Daily Historical Weather for February 2

On this date in 1985, residents of Wichita Falls experienced the second coldest day ever, and the coldest in the month of February. The mercury plunged to a frigid 8 degrees below zero during the early morning hours.

Weather can change quickly in Oklahoma. On February 2, 2003, the city of Altus broke state records as the mercury soared to 87 degrees. Six days later, in Fort Supply, the mercury plunged to a reading of 6 degrees below zero.

On this date in 1982, an intense winter storm dropped heavy snow over portions of northwest Oklahoma. The heaviest accumulation was reported in Woods County, where the observer at Waynoka recorded 18 inches.

Daily Historical Weather for February 3

A strong winter storm moved over the Southern Plains back on February 3rd and 4th, 2010. Before departing, over 6 inches of snow covered much of the Oklahoma Panhandle, with lesser amounts over the northwest-quarter of Oklahoma. No significant problems occurred, but a fresh blanket of snow covered the melting snow that occurred with the significant winter storm of January 28th and 29th.

On this date in 1972, a snow and ice storm dumped up to 3 inches of wintry precipitation over Oklahoma. Many schools were closed, and numerous traffic accidents were reported. In northwest Oklahoma, some Ellis County residents were left without power.

Daily Historical Weather for February 4

A strong winter storm struck mainly northern parts of Oklahoma on this day in 2004. Snowfall totals reached six to seven inches over areas from Alva and Orienta, to Medford and Wakita. Other snow totals included five inches in Woodward and Waynoka, and four inches in Watonga, Cherokee, and Arapaho. Rain and sleet was the primary form of precipitation over central and southern parts of Oklahoma, but Oklahoma City, Duncan, Ardmore, and Ada were able to receive at least a trace of snow.

A winter storm brought snow to much of Oklahoma on this date in 1983. The heaviest accumulations were in Sayre, where 6.5 inches fell, and in Ada, where 5 inches was reported. Snowfall amounts of 3 to 4 inches were reported as far east as Tulsa and McAlester, and as far south as Lawton and Sulphur.

Daily Historical Weather for February 5

On this date in 1988, an intense storm system brought heavy snow to the western parts of north Texas. In Baylor County, the city of Seymour received 6 inches of snow, while most of the rest of the area reported 4 to 5 inches.

Daily Historical Weather for February 6

A quick moving winter storm brought a period of light to moderate snow to the northern half of Oklahoma during the morning of the 6th in 2003. Areas north of Interstate 40 received an average of 1 to 2 inches of snow. However, a narrow band of 4 to 6 inch accumulations affected northwest and west-central Oklahoma. Thomas, in Custer County, received 6 inches, while Fargo, in Ellis County, received 5.5 inches.

Daily Historical Weather for February 7

On February 7th 1986, 6.5 inches of snow accumulated during the day in Oklahoma City. This ranks second for the greatest calendar day snowfall total during the month of February for Oklahoma City.

Daily Historical Weather for February 8

On February 8th and 9th back in 1994, one of the more significant ice storms in recent memory struck Oklahoma. Freezing rain and sleet covered much of the eastern two-thirds of the state with a significant ice accumulation. The hardest hit areas were in south-central and southeast Oklahoma, where ice accumulations of nearly an inch were reported. The icy roads caused major traffic problems. In the Oklahoma City metro area alone, there were over 300 vehicle accidents.

Tornadoes can occur any time of the year, even in mid-winter. Duncan was hit by a tornado on this date in 1966. Two people were injured when a church wall collapsed at 14th and Main, crushing their car.

Daily Historical Weather for February 9

Fresh on the heels of a record-setting blizzard that occurred from January 31st to February 1st of the same year, another significant winter storm affected the Southern Plains on this date in 2011. Snowfall totals reached a foot or more over north-central and northeast Oklahoma, with widespread totals of 4 to 8 inches over at least the northern two-thirds of the state. Spavinaw, in far northeast Oklahoma, recorded an all-time greatest 24-hr snowfall total for the state of Oklahoma when they recorded 27 inches. Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City managed almost 6 inches of snow. Farther south, across the Red River Valley and northern Texas, snow totals of 1 to 4 inches were seen.

The lowest barometric pressure ever recorded in Oklahoma City occurred on February 9th, 1960. The sea level pressure dropped to an incredibly low 28.81 inches of mercury. Winds of 60 to 70 mph accompanied the deep low pressure center, causing widespread damage across much of Oklahoma, and northern and western Texas. Blowing dust reduced visibilities to near zero in western Oklahoma.

Daily Historical Weather for February 10

On February 10th, 2009, a deadly tornado struck Jefferson, Love, and Carter counties in southern Oklahoma. The tornado appeared to reach its maximum width and intensity as it approached and moved through the town of Lone Grove. Eight people were killed by this tornado, and 46 were injured. Six of the fatalities occurred in mobile homes; one occurred in a well-built home that sustained EF4 damage, and one person died in a vehicle. At least 114 homes were damaged or destroyed, with at least 3500 losing power in and around Carter County. Debris from this tornado was picked up as far away as Sulphur. The EF4 tornado went on record as the deadliest tornado in February for the state of Oklahoma and the deadliest day for the United States for 2009.

A deep snow pack, combined with clear skies and light winds can lead to very cold overnight temperatures. Keeping with the theme of extremes during the 2011 winter, the low temperatures on the 10th were nothing short of frigid, with numerous low temperature records set, some of them all-time record lows. Before midnight on the 9th, some locations across far northern Oklahoma reported temperatures below -10 degrees Fahrenheit. By 7:30 AM on the 10th, a wide area of -10 to -15 degree temperatures were reported over the northern-third of Oklahoma. A few of those sites were below -20 degrees. Nowata broke the all-time low record for the state of Oklahoma, falling to -31 degrees. The second best was Pryor and Bartlesville, falling to -28 degrees. Blackwell and Medford were not far behind at -27 degrees. Oklahoma City saw the temperature fall to -5 degrees, breaking their daily record by 9 degrees. Wichita Falls, Texas reached their record low temperature, although they remained slightly above zero. The temperature of 3 degrees broke the previous record of 5 degrees.

On this date back in 1999, widespread dense fog, from western north Texas through central Oklahoma, resulted in numerous traffic accidents. With some visibilities down to just several feet, multiple car pile-ups occurred in the Wichita Falls and Lawton areas.

Daily Historical Weather for February 11

After a relatively warm and dry January across Oklahoma and western north Texas, the first significant winter storm of 2013 began affecting the region on the evening of February 11. By sunrise on the 12th, moderate and heavy snow was falling across most of western Oklahoma. Most of the snow was seen near and west of Interstate-44 in Oklahoma, where snow totals were one inch or greater. Widespread amounts greater than four inches occurred across far western Oklahoma, with the highest totals near the Texas border west of Elk City and Mangum, where as much as nine inches were measured.

Wichita Falls, Texas eclipsed its all-time seasonal snowfall record on February 11, 2010 when 5.5 inches of snow was measured, bringing the 2009-2010 seasonal total to 14.8 inches.  On average, Wichita Falls receives 5.5 inches of snow every winter.

On February 10th and 11th in the year 1972, a snowstorm blanketed much of Oklahoma with up to 6 inches of snow.

Daily Historical Weather for February 12

On this date in 1899, the all-time record low for Oklahoma City was set. The mercury plunged to a frigid 17 degrees below zero and broke the previous record low of 12 below zero, which was set on the previous day.

The highest pressure ever recorded in Oklahoma City during the month of February, is 31.00 inches. This occurred on February 12th, 1899, which also was the day in which Oklahoma City saw its coldest temperature in recorded history.

Daily Historical Weather for February 13

On this date in 1905, very cold temperatures were recorded over the state of Oklahoma. The low temperature at Vinita plummeted to 27 degrees below zero. This temperature would later be tied in the city of Watts in January, 1930, and at Blackwell and Medford in February, 2011. The negative 27 degree reading is low enough to be the 2nd lowest temperature on record in Oklahoma. The coldest is negative 31 degrees, recorded at Nowata on February 10th, 2011.

Daily Historical Weather for February 14

On this day in 2004, a record breaking snow storm hit southern Oklahoma and northern Texas. Wichita Falls set a daily record for snowfall with a total of 5.5 inches. By the time the storm ended, a total of 8 inches accumulated in southeast Oklahoma near Durant.

On this day back in 1987, severe thunderstorms producing tornadoes, damaging wind gusts, and large hail struck northern Texas and parts of southern and central Oklahoma. Three tornadoes occurred in Oklahoma. The strongest, an F2, struck Medicine Park, damaging or destroying nearly 50 homes.

Daily Historical Weather for February 15

Periods of freezing rain fell across much of southern and southwest Oklahoma from late evening of the 14th through mid-morning of the 16th in 2002, with many areas receiving one to two tenths of an inch of ice. As a result, a 30-car pileup occurred near the intersection of Interstate 40 and Interstate 44 in Oklahoma County, resulting in 2 fatalities. Numerous other accidents resulted in 3 additional fatalities across the area before the freezing rain ended.

A snowstorm lasting from February 13th to 15th in 1951 produced the 8th highest storm total snowfall ever in Oklahoma City. By the time the storm ended on the 15th, 8.8 inches of snow accumulated.

Daily Historical Weather for February 16

February of 1913 was the 6th snowiest month ever in Oklahoma City when a total of 12.9 inches of snow fell on the city. However, it is the 2nd snowiest February in Oklahoma City, behind 2011 when 18.9 inches of snow accumulated.

Daily Historical Weather for February 17

On this date in 2011, numerous record high temperatures were measured across the region. Oklahoma City made it up to 80 degrees, while Wichita Falls saw the mercury rise to 84 degrees. While these are definitely not the warmest temperatures we have seen ever seen in February, they were very different than the temperatures seen just a week earlier, when both locations set record low temperatures of -5 and 3 degrees, respectively. Nowata, Oklahoma reached 79 degrees, which was a 110 degree swing in temperature over record lows seen on the 10th.

On the evening of February 17th back in 1984, there were numerous reports of wind damage and large hail as severe storms pounded western and southwest Oklahoma. At Erick, in Beckham County, hail up to the size of golf balls, and 65 mph winds, were reported. The cost of wind damage in Lawton was estimated at $40,000.

Daily Historical Weather for February 18

February 1905 in Wichita Falls marks one of the snowiest months ever for that city. The month began with a snowfall of 3 inches on the 1st. It was followed a week later with 8 inches on the 7th, then as much as 9 inches on the 18th. All three of these snow totals still stand as record daily snowfalls for Wichita Falls area, and the 9 inches on the 18th still stands as the all time calendar day snowfall for the entire month of February.

Daily Historical Weather for February 19

On February 19, 1954, a severe windstorm raced through much of the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and into southwest Oklahoma. The windstorm, packing winds of 60 to 85 mph, began in the western parts of the Oklahoma Panhandle shortly after midnight. The storm then raced to the southeast, reaching southwest Oklahoma by afternoon. Considerable damage was done to small buildings and pane windows. Power and communication lines were blown down in many communities and several traffic accidents occurred in the blinding dust picked up during the storms rampage.

Daily Historical Weather for February 20

Today marks the anniversary of the beginning of one of the most significant winter storms in Oklahoma history. The blizzard of 1971 began on the evening of February 20th, over northwest Oklahoma, and would go on to produce a state-record storm total snowfall of 36 inches in Buffalo. Other storm totals for this extraordinary event, which left drifts up to 20 feet high, include 25 inches at Gage, 18 inches in Enid, 17 inches in Woodward, and 10 inches in Ponca City. The rest of Oklahoma faired much better, with only 4.9 inches in Oklahoma City, 2.7 inches in Tulsa, and 1 inch in McAlester. Even the western panhandle missed the brunt of this storm. Boise City picked up only a little over 3 inches, and Kenton only 2 inches.

On this date in 2012, severe thunderstorms moved over Oklahoma during the afternoon hours. Hail to the size of golf balls and damaging wind gusts affected areas from Enid down into the Oklahoma City metro. Several power and light poles were blown over in Edmond, and a construction crane was blown into the Devon Tower in Oklahoma City, damaging some of the glass panes. No injuries were reported with these storms. Unfortunately, as the storms built down into southern Oklahoma, an intense microburst occurred just east of Ada, destroying a mobile home and killing one of its occupants.

On February 20, 1987, a severe winter storm struck portions of North Texas. The worst of the storm was felt across Montague and Jack counties, where up to 8 inches of snow was reported.

Daily Historical Weather for February 21

From February 20th to 22nd of 1971, one of the worst snowstorms in Oklahoma history dumped up to 3 feet of snow on northwest Oklahoma. By the time the snow ended on the 22nd, the city of Buffalo had 36 inches of snow on the ground, setting the state record for storm-total snowfall. Winds of 30 to 50 mph caused snowdrifts up to 20 feet high. Many roads were closed, leaving travelers stranded for up to a day and a half. The Air National Guard airlifted 300 tons of hay to stranded cattle. Nevertheless, the loss of about 15,000 livestock accounted for much of the $2 million in damages.

Multiple waves of snow, sleet, and rain affected Oklahoma and western north Texas from just after midnight on February 20th, through the 21st, back in 2013. Moderate and heavy snow affected the northern-half of Oklahoma, with mainly rain and sleet farther south. Although spotty totals of almost six inches were measured around Ponca City and just east of Norman, most of the snow accumulations outside of northwest Oklahoma averaged around two inches. The greatest snow totals were reported around Alva, where as much as 14 inches were measured.

Daily Historical Weather for February 22

On February 22, 1996, all-time record high temperatures for the month of February were established at both Oklahoma City and Wichita Falls. The high temperatures that day were 92 and 93 degrees, respectively.

On this date in 1975, severe thunderstorms produced extensive wind and hail damage across southwest Oklahoma and western north Texas, with six tornadoes also reported. Hail drifts up to three feet deep were reported in Duncan. Burkburnett, Texas, had hail as large as golf balls, while Wichita Falls reported wind gusts of 75 mph.

Daily Historical Weather for February 23

Severe weather struck much of southern and eastern Oklahoma on February 23, 1985. During the early morning hours, a significant tornado raced through the small communities of Bentley and Harmony. Four homes were destroyed, injuring three people. Damaging thunderstorm winds also hit portions of Pushmataha and Choctaw counties. Along with the severe thunderstorms, came heavy rain to much of the area. Over the three day period from February 22nd through the 24th, storm total amounts of 5 to 7 inches were reported, quickly sending creeks and streams over their banks. Many roads and bridges were washed out, while others were submerged under flood waters for several days.

Daily Historical Weather for February 24

On this day in 2011, Will Rogers Airport broke a daily rainfall record as it received 1.31 inches. Keeping this rainfall amount in perspective with respect to a developing drought, the total was greater than all of the moisture seen in the previous three months, combined.

On February 24th, 1956, a cold front brought winds of 70 to 95 mph, severe blowing dust, and widespread destruction to Oklahoma during the evening hours and into the early morning hours of the 25th. Four people were killed and six injured during the event.

Daily Historical Weather for February 25

For the third consecutive week, after winter weather events on the 12th and 21st of February 2013, another major winter storm affected the region the 24th through the 26th. By early afternoon on February 25th, moderate to heavy snow moved over most of western and northern Oklahoma. Very heavy snow bands and occasional thundersnow led to significant snow accumulations over a large part of northwest Oklahoma. Several areas saw snowfall in excess of 15 inches, and when combined with the snow that was already present from the winter storm a few days before, snow depths of up to 25 inches were reported near Woodward and Alva. Strong and gusty winds led to snow drifts up to eight feet in depth, shutting down many highways and secondary roads across western and northern Oklahoma. The heavy and wet nature of the snow caused some structural damage at Alva, Cherokee, and Woodward. Widespread power outages were reported due to snow-covered power lines and downed trees.

On this date in 1982, a winter storm dumped several inches of snow over portions of western and northern Texas. Snowfall totals of 3 to 4 inches were reported from just northwest of Abilene into the Wichita Falls area.

Daily Historical Weather for February 26

An intense squall line raced through much of Oklahoma on this date in 1936. Hail up to 2 inches in diameter fell over the Fort Reno area, and stayed on the ground until 9 AM the next morning. The thunderstorms then struck Oklahoma City, where one-inch diameter hail was reported.

Daily Historical Weather for February 27

It was a very warm day across much of southwest Oklahoma and western north Texas on this date in 2011. At Wichita Falls, a record high temperature for the date was set when the temperature rose to 91 degrees. This is just two degrees shy of the all-time highest temperature for the month of February, which was set back in 1996.

On February 27th, 1987, severe thunderstorms caused considerable damage to portions of southeast Oklahoma. Baseball-size hail fell for 30 minutes just north of Stringtown, in Atoka County.

Daily Historical Weather for February 28

February of 2011, in Oklahoma City, had extremes of both cold and warm weather. With a snowy start to the month, 18.9 inches of snowfall was measured. This amount stands as the 2nd highest all-time monthly snowfall total for Oklahoma City.

Daily Historical Weather for February 1

Despite having an extra day, the leap-year February of 1996 ended as the driest February on record in the state of Oklahoma. Statewide average precipitation for the month was only 0.20 inches. Oklahoma City recorded a mere 0.02 inches of moisture, tying the mark with 1947 as the driest February.

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