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Weather Extremes

Tue., Feb. 5, 2008

For the week of Jan. 27 through Feb. 2, there were 130 weather records either broken or tied. There were 18 high temperature extremes, 15 low temperature records, 59 precipitation records and 32 snowfall records. The rest were low maximum and high minimum extremes.

Most of the snowfall extremes last week occurred in the West. Heavy snows on Jan. 27 and Jan. 28 brought many areas in that region to a standstill. On Jan. 27, Pendleton, Ore., reported 9.3 inches of snow. Ten inches was reported at Condon, Ore., and 12 inches at Joseph, Ore., on Jan. 28. LaCrosse, Wash., recorded 6 inches on Jan. 27., and Kennewick had 7 inches on Jan. 28. There were a few places in the central U.S. that also broke snowfall records. On Feb. 1, Springfield, Ill., reported 6.5 inches; Lincoln, Ill., had 3.7 inches. In Arkansas, Harrison reported a record-tying 5 inches on Jan. 31.

Precipitation records also fell across the West last week. Southern California reported a number of records. On Jan. 27, Big Bear Lake, Calif., measured 3.1 inches of rain. Normally dry Thermal, Calif., picked up 1.25 inches that day. At the airport in Coeur d’Alene, a record 1.70 inches of moisture fell, mainly in the form of snow, on Jan. 27. Also on that day, Phoenix had 0.87 inches of rainfall.

On Feb. 1, the northeast saw many precipitation records fall. At Dulles Airport in the Washington, D.C., area, 1.44 inches of moisture was observed. In Richmond, Va., 2.56 inches of rain fell. Atlantic City saw nearly 2 inches of rain.

All high temperature records last week were located in the central U.S. On Jan. 27, Bismarck, N.D., observed a record 48 degrees. It was 71 degrees at Concordia, Kan., on that same day. On Jan. 29, Corpus Christi, Texas, soared to a record 86 degrees. St. Louis reported 73 degrees on Jan. 29.

Most record lows were observed in Alaska. On Jan. 28, Juneau dipped to 14 degrees below zero. On Jan. 27, Plain, Wash., dropped to 14 degrees; the low was 4 degrees that day in Wenatchee. It was very frigid in Maine on Jan. 27 as Houlton plunged to minus 21 degrees.

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