Pat Shingleton: "Cold Shoulders on Valentine's Day..."
National Weather Service Offices in the Northeast are alerting residents that the coldest weather this year will blast New england and advance record setting lows into the Carolinas. A blast of Arctic cold in February 1899 was one of the most severe ever recorded. All-time record lows were logged in Milligan, OH at minus 39 degrees and Camp Clarke, NE at -47. Local and state records were posted at Tallahassee dropping to -2 and Minden, LA with a frigid minus 16 degrees. All time record lows are still on the books: Dallas at -8, Kansas City at -22, Washington D.C. at -15 and Lawrenceville, PA dropping to -39. Adding to the super cold was a super blizzard from New Hampshire to Georgia with Virginia recording 40 inches of snow. Once the cold blast made it to Baton Rouge, ice-floes blocked the Mississippi River at New Orleans for the second time in history. Finally, as you prepare your Valentine card, a reminder that it comes from of an interesting legend. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with the jailor’s daughter who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, he wrote her a letter, which he signed; 'From your Valentine.' I’ve located a few Valentine’s Day cities and one that the editor won’t permit me to print outside Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Not much warmth today in Valentine, Nebraska. Loveland, Colorado, Ohio and Oklahoma look lovely with rose deliveries in Belle Rose and St. Rose, Louisiana. Valentine's Day, 1895, and the all-time single snow event for our state recorded in Rayne, LA as two feet of snow was reported.