A rare February tropical storm

If you’re trying to avoid a hurricane, the month of February is your best bet. In the past 145 years of reliable record-keeping, only 1 tropical system struck the United States mainland in February. On February 1 of 1952, a tropical storm developed north of Honduras. The system quickly accelerated into Florida, bringing nearly 4 inches of rain to some counties. Wind gusts increased to nearly 70 mph, taking a heavy toll on agricultural interests, especially certain vegetable crops.

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The storm eventually brushed by the Outer Banks, before slamming into Cape Cod. Veteran forecaster Grady Norton with the US Weather Bureau was perplexed by the storm, and it took a great deal to rattle him. It was Grady Norton who tracked the devastating Hurricane Hazel, which leveled over $160 million in damage in the Carolinas just two years later in 1954.

jerry-jackson Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson

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