Pat Shingleton for Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013

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The Northeast snow storm made history. As noted in a previous column, other notable February weather events include the reddish snow that fell on central France on Feb. 10, 1869. Many thought it was due to blood. Red rain that dropped on Isle-sur-Serein on Feb. 13, 1870, was caused by atmospheric red dust from the Sahara Desert.

While a mail carrier rested her arm on her car on Feb. 10, 1998, in the Grant Parish town of Colfax, lightning ran through a mailbox, into her fingers, down her arm and through her elbow.

The worst ice storm since 1951 struck Mississippi on Feb. 9, 1994. Six inches of ice fell on the northern sections of the state, downing 8,000 power poles. More than 750,000 customers were without power for a month.

Fastcast: Wet.