Weather Talk: Great Gulf Coast blizzard of 1899
On this day in 1899, the temperature in Fargo-Moorhead rose to 6 degrees following 11 consecutive days of continuous subzero weather.
The heart of the arctic air was headed south, where it set many low temperature records which stand today. The temperature dropped to 22 below zero in Kansas City, minus 10 in Dallas and 2 below in Tallahassee, Fla.
The cold was so extreme that the Mississippi River froze over as far south as New Orleans and ice floes were reported flowing out the mouth of the Mississippi. A blizzard formed on the coast of Texas and dropped 1 to 2 feet of snow from Galveston to New Orleans to Mobile, covering everything with deep drifts which remained for days.
It is hard to imagine what hardships were incurred on Southern people who could not possibly have known how to deal with such conditions.