This Week in Weather 2/23/19-3/1/19

March is coming in like a lion! This week was particularly active across the US, from rare tornadic activity to extremely dangerous wind events and wettest days on record. Check out the stats below!

  • There was a confirmed EF-3 tornado in Columbus, MS on Saturday, February 23. Based on data through 2017 from Tornado History Project (THP), this will be the 17th  EF3 tornado during the month of February in Mississippi.
    • The last tornado that was this strong in Mississippi during the month of February was February 10, 2013 when an EF4 occurred.  
    • The last F/EF3 tornado in February in the state was February 5, 2008.  
    • The last F/EF3 tornado in the state in any month was January 21, 2017.  
    • 2018 stats by the Jackson, MS NWS office show that no EF3 or stronger tornadoes occurred during 2018, confirming the above stats obtained from the THP.  
  • SPC issued a Moderate Risk for portions of Northern Mississippi, Far Northwest Alabama & Southwestern Tennessee on Saturday, February 23, making this the first moderate risk issued since July 27, 2018.
  • On Saturday, February 23, over 150 million people under wind alerts across the US. For comparison, the US population is 325 million, so this is nearly half of the country’s population to be impacted by dangerous winds.
  • On Monday, February 25, Category 5 Super Typhoon Wutip became the strongest February typhoon on record in the western Pacific.
  • As of Tuesday, February 26, Jackson Hole, WY received 47.8” of snow throughout the month, making it the 3rd snowiest month only behind January 1967 and January 1969.
  • On Tuesday, February 26, Santa Rosa, CA had their wettest day on record, receiving 5.66”! Records go back to 1902.
  • As of Wednesday, February 27, the average temperature for the month in Havre, MT was -6.9°, which is 28.8° below normal for the month!

Wherever you may be in the US, stay informed with your region’s weather by watching The Weather Channel for your forecast!