On this date in weather history - February 7th

Author: Trent Aric, Meteorologist, taric@local10.com
Published On: Feb 07 2013 05:27:40 PM EST
MIAMI -

On this date, today's factoid has nothing to do with weather, but it is interesting nonetheless. On this date in 1812, a strong earthquake struck the area around the small town of New Madrid, Mo. The jolt was so strong that the Mississippi River ran backwards and an island in the river sank. The fault where this earthquake occurred is actually still active

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:
   HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................84 Plant City, Fla.
   HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................84 Key West, Fla.
   LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-18 Mt. Washington, N.H.
   LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-67 Nuiqsut, Alaska
   HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................84 Mt. Washington, N.H.
   HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................3.22 Pensacola, Fla.