20 February


US Weather events

US Weather events

1805 214 yrs ago
The Potomac River was opened after being closed by ice for a period of two months. (Sandra and TI Richard Sanders - 1987)
1898 121 yrs ago
Eastern Wisconsin experienced their biggest snowstorm of record. Racine received thirty inches, and drifts around Milwaukee measured fifteen feet high. (David Ludlum)
1953 66 yrs ago
A snowstorm in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota produced drifts ten feet high which derailed trains. (David Ludlum)
1987 32 yrs ago
A storm system over Arizona spread heavy snow from the Southern Rockies into the Southern Plains Region. Thunderstorms in central Texas produced golf ball size hail about the same time north central Texas was being blanketed with up to 8 inches of snow, closing many schools. (The National Weather Summary)
1988 31 yrs ago
Snow and strong northerly winds ushered arctic air into the Great Lakes Region. The temperature at Sault Ste Marie MI plunged from 30 degrees at 5 AM to one below zero by 3 PM, with a wind chill reading of 40 degrees below zero. Five cities in Florida reported record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 90 degrees at Lakeland was just a degree shy of their February record. (The National Weather Summary)
1989 30 yrs ago
Thunderstorms developing during the early afternoon produced severe weather from eastern Texas to Alabama and northwest Florida. Thunderstorms spawned a dozen tornadoes during the afternoon and evening. Thunderstorms also produced 90 mph winds around Vicksburg MS, and 100 mph winds around Jackson MS. (The National Weather Summary)
1990 29 yrs ago
Heavy snow spread into southwestern Kansas and the panhandle region of Oklahoma and Texas. Heavier snowfall totals included 12 inches at Boise City OK, 11 inches at Liberal KS, and 10 inches at Spearman TX. Blowing and drifting snow closed roads in the Oklahoma panhandle. (The National Weather Summary)
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World records

World records


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F5 tornadoes

F5 tornadoes


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Deadly earthquakes

Deadly earthquakes

1920-02-20 11.45 UTC 99 yrs ago
Georgia (map) , 11 km deep Magnitude: 6.2 UK
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)130

1956-02-20 20.31 UTC 63 yrs ago
Turkey (map) Magnitude: 5.8 UK
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)4

1957-02-20 04.41 UTC 62 yrs ago
Tunisia (map) Magnitude: 5.6 UK
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)13

1980-02-20 02.34 UTC 39 yrs ago
Italy (map) , 8.2 km deep Magnitude: 4.8
Deaths resulting from earthquake shaking0
Total fatalities resulting from earthquake shaking and secondary effects1

1998-02-20 12.18 UTC 21 yrs ago
Afghanistan (map) , 236 km deep Magnitude: 6.3
Secondary effectslandslide
Deaths resulting from earthquake shaking1
Total fatalities resulting from earthquake shaking and secondary effects1
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)1
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Emergency Events Database)1

2008-02-20 08.08 UTC 11 yrs ago
Indonesia (map) , 26 km deep Magnitude: 7.3
Deaths resulting from earthquake shaking3
Total fatalities resulting from earthquake shaking and secondary effects3
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Emergency Events Database)3





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