2 Places in America Recorded No Snow for First Time

Since record keeping began, snow had always fallen in Baltimore and Islip in February
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2020 2:50 PM CST
2 Places in America Recorded No Snow for First Time
An aerial view of a snow-free Baltimore.   (Getty Images)

A whole bunch of snow shovels likely collected dust in Baltimore and Islip, New York, last month. The National Weather Service on Monday shared "one for the record books": the fact that neither of those locations saw any snow in February for the first time on record. The same would have been true for New York's JFK and LaGuardia airports and Atlantic City, NJ, had it not been a leap year, as they registered some snow on the 29th.

As for how thick those record books are, AccuWeather reports record keeping in Islip only dates to 1964, and data is missing for a handful of years. Baltimore's weather data, however, stretches back to 1891. Some 14 of the 129 years on record came close to having zero snow: They recorded just trace, meaning snowfall without accumulation. The Baltimore Sun reports 7 inches fall in the city each February on average. The snowiest February it has seen was in 2010, when 50 inches fell. (Read more weather stories.)

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