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.


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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