21 February


US Weather events

US Weather events

1918 106 yrs ago
A spectacular chinook wind at Granville, ND, caused the temperature to spurt from a morning low of 33 degrees below zero to an afternoon high of 50 degrees above zero. (David Ludlum)
1935 89 yrs ago
Frequent duststorms occurred in eastern Colorado during the month, forcing schools to close and people to stay indoors. A fatality occurred on this date when two section cars collided on the railroad near Arriba CO, due to poor visibility. (The Weather Channel)
1936 88 yrs ago
The temperature at Langdon, ND, climbed above zero for the first time in six weeks. Readings never got above freezing during all three winter months. (David Ludlum)
1971 53 yrs ago
An outbreak of tornadoes hit northeastern Louisiana and northern and central Mississippi. The tornadoes claimed 121 lives, including 110 in Mississippi. Three tornadoes accounted for 118 of the deaths. There are 1600 persons injured, 900 homes were destroyed or badly damaged, and total damage was 19 million dollars. (David Ludlum)
1971 53 yrs ago
Elk City, OK, was buried under 36 inches of snow to establish a 24 hour snowfall record for the state. (David Ludlum)
1987 37 yrs ago
Low pressure over central California produced gale force winds along the coast, and produced thunderstorms which pelted Stockton, Oakland and San Jose with small hail. (The National Weather Summary)
1988 36 yrs ago
A storm tracking across southern Canada produced high winds in the north central U.S., with gusted to 90 mph reported at Boulder CO. The high winds snapped trees and power lines, and ripped shingles off roofs. The Kentucky Fried Chicken Bucket was blown off their store in Havre MT. An eighteen foot fiberglass bear was blown off its stand along a store front in west Cody WY, and sailed east into downtown Cody before the owners were able to transport their wandering bear back home in a horse trailer. (The National Weather Summary)
1989 35 yrs ago
Thunderstorms developing during the morning hours spread severe weather across Georgia and the Carolinas. Strong thunderstorm winds caused one death and thirteen injuries in North Carolina, and another four injuries in South Carolina. (The National Weather Summary)
1990 34 yrs ago
Overnight thunderstorms produced heavy rain in central Texas. Rainfall totals ranged up to 2.80 inches at Camp Verde, with 2.20 inches reported at Leakey. Thunderstorms early in the day produced high winds in southern Texas, with wind gusts to 60 mph reported at Alice. Daytime thunderstorms in eastern Texas drenched Rosenberg with four inches of rain. (The National Weather Summary)
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World records

World records


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F5 tornadoes

F5 tornadoes

1971 53 yrs ago
Delhi, Louisiana 1977 fatalities
February 1971 Mississippi Valley tornado outbreak – Only official F5 in Louisiana history, but the rating is questioned by Grazulis, who assigned an F4 rating. Homes were completely leveled east of Delhi.
Official F5/EF5, but rating is disputed; event may not have been F5/EF5


Deadly earthquakes

Deadly earthquakes

Feb 21, 1946 03.43 PM UTC 78 yrs ago
Turkey (map) , 60 km deep Magnitude: 5.6 UK
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)12

Feb 21, 1960 08.13 AM UTC 64 yrs ago
Algeria (map) , 33 km deep Magnitude: 5.6 UK
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)47

Feb 21, 1996 12.51 PM UTC 28 yrs ago
Peru (map) , 15 km deep Magnitude: 7.5
Secondary effectstsunami
Deaths resulting from earthquake shaking0
Total fatalities resulting from earthquake shaking and secondary effects7

Feb 21, 1999 06.14 PM UTC 25 yrs ago
Russian Federation (map) , 41.9 km deep Magnitude: 5.3
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

Feb 21, 2011 11.51 PM UTC 13 yrs ago
New Zealand (map) Magnitude: 6.3
Secondary effectsliquefaction
Improved fatality estimates from official reports and detailed scholarly studies181





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