February 13–17, 2021 North American winter storm

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February 13–17, 2021 North American winter storm
Category 3 "Major" (RSI/NOAA: 8.048)
Satellite imagery of the winter storm over the Eastern United States on February 16
TypeExtratropical cyclone
Winter storm
Ice storm
Tornado outbreak
FormedFebruary 13, 2021
DissipatedFebruary 24, 2021
(Exited to sea on February 17, 2021)
Highest winds
Lowest pressure960 mb (28.35 inHg)
5 total
Max. rating1EF3 tornado
Duration of
tornado outbreak2
7 hours, 55 minutes
Maximum snowfall
or ice accretion
Snow – 26 in (66 cm) at Detroit, Oregon
Ice – 0.85 in (2.2 cm) at Pocono Mountains Munici, Pennsylvania
CasualtiesAt least 136 killed[2]
Damage$195 billion (2021 USD)
(Costliest winter storm on record)
Power outages> 9,924,000[1]
Areas affectedPacific Northwest, Western United States, Southern United States, Eastern United States, Northern Mexico, Eastern Canada, British Isles, Iceland, Southern Greenland

1Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale
2Time from first tornado to last tornado

The February 13–17, 2021 North American winter storm, also called Winter Storm Uri,[3] was a major winter and ice storm that impacted the United States, Northern Mexico, and parts of Canada from February 13 to 17, 2021. The storm started out in the Pacific Northwest and quickly moved into the Southern United States, before moving on to the Midwestern and Northeastern United States a couple of days later.

The storm caused over 170 million Americans being placed under winter alerts across the country and caused blackouts for over 9.9 million people in the U.S. and Mexico, most notably in Texas.[1][4] The blackouts were the largest in the U.S. since the Northeast blackout of 2003.

The storm also brought dangerous severe weather to Southeastern United States, including several tornadoes. On February 16, there were at least 20 direct deaths and 13 indirect deaths caused by the storm;[5][6][3] by February 19, the death toll had risen to at least 70, including 58 people in the United States and 12 people in Mexico.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Brian K. Sullivan; Nauren S. Malick (February 16, 2021). "5 Million Americans Have Lost Power From Texas to North Dakota After Devastating Winter Storm". Time. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 McDonnell Nieto del Rio, Giulia; Fausset, Richard; Diaz, Johnny (February 19, 2021). "Extreme Cold Killed Texans in Their Bedrooms, Vehicles and Backyards". The New York Times. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jonathan Erdman (February 13, 2021). "Major Winter Storm to Bring Significant Snow, Ice from Texas to Northeast into Early Next Week". weather.com. The Weather Company. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  4. "Winter storm bearing down on central Ohio". Qfm96. February 15, 2021. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  5. Ron Brackett; Jan Wesner Childs (February 16, 2021). "Texas Officials Warn Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning; At Least 17 Deaths Tied to Winter Storm Uri". weather.com. The Weather Company. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  6. Yaron Steinbuch (February 17, 2021). "At least 21 dead as brutal cold from historic storm ravages Texas". New York Post. Retrieved February 17, 2021.