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post Jan 7 2010, 01:36 PM
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January 7

MN History
1873 - Great Blizzard. Three day blizzard caused extreme hardship for pioneers from out east who were not used to the cold and snow. Visibility was down to three feet. Cows suffocated in the deep drifts and trains were stuck for days. More than 70 people died, some bodies were not found until spring. Weather conditions before the storm were mild, just like the Armistice Day storm.

2003 - Record warmth over Minnesota. Many places reach the 50's including the Twin Cities. St. James hit 59 and the Twin Cities reached 51. Nine golf courses were open in the Twin Cities and 100 golfers were already at the Sundance Golf Course in Maple Grove in the morning.

U.S. History
# 1873 - A blizzard raged across the Great Plains. Many pioneers, unprepared for the cold and snow, perished in southwest Minnesota and northwestern Iowa. (David Ludlum)

# 1971 - The temperature at Hawley Lake, located southeast of McNary, AZ, plunged to 40 degrees below zero to establish a state record. (The Weather Channel)

# 1987 - A storm in the southwestern U.S. produced 30 inches of snow north of Zion National Park in southern Utah, with 18 inches reported at Cedar Canyon UT. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1988 - A winter storm in the southeastern U.S. produced 27 inches of snow in the Bad Creek area of South Carolina, and claimed the lives of two million chickens in Alabama. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1989 - A tornado in southern Illinois obliterated half the community of Allendale, injuring fifty perons and causing more than five million dollars damage, while thunderstorm winds gusting higher than 100 mph caused ten million dollars damage at Franklin KY. Twenty-five cities, from the Gulf coast to Michigan, reported record high temperatures for the date. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1990 - A rapidly intensifying low pressure system and a vigorous cold front brought heavy rain and high winds to the Pacific Northwest. Two to five inches rains soaked western Washington and western Oregon, and winds gusting above 70 mph caused extensive damage. Wind gusts on Rattlesnake Ridge in Washington State reached 130 mph. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

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# 1821 - A major snowstorm dumped fourteen inches of snow at Baltimore and New York City. Eighteen inches fell at Philadelphia and a foot fell at Washington.

# 1886 - Florida suffered one of its worst freezes in history as a severe cold wave hit the South.

# 1913 - The temperature dropped to 0F at Tucson AZ, setting the all time record low for that location.

# 1973 - A major ice storm crippled Atlanta, Georgia with 4 inches of freezing rain. Between 7pm and 9pm, 2.27 inches of liquid equivalent precipitation fell in just two hours between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. as the temperature hovered at 32 degrees. Schools and businesses were closed for several days. Up to 300,000 had no electricity for a week.

# 1992 - Rare thunderstorms rumbled over the northern Plains. Sioux Falls, SD recorded their first January thunderstorm since 1939. Six tornadoes occurred near Grand Island NE, the state's first January tornadoes of record.

# 1992 - An intense blizzard buried eastern metro Denver with up to two feet of snow. Strong winds piled the snow into drifts four to eight feet high. I-70 and I-25 were closed to the east and south of the city.

# 1997 - A severe thunderstorm downburst produced a 146 mph wind gust at Seymour-Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, NC.

# 1997 - An unusual snowstorm hits parts of New Mexico and Arizona. Up to 3 feet of snow fell on the Sandia Peaks, which tower over the eastern suburbs of Albuquerque. As much as 2 feet fell on the highest peaks around Tucson, AZ. They were the first snowflakes Tucson had seen since March 16, 1991.

# 1998 - Heavy rains brought severe flooding to the rugged mountains of northeast Tennessee and western North Carolina. 12 people were killed. The hardest hit area was in the rugged Appalachian mountains of Carter County TN, where seven people lost their lives.

# 1998 - A second low pressure system was producing freezing rain over New England as one of the greatest ice storms in United States history continued. By the end of the storm, electrical service would be out across seventy percent of the state of Maine.

# 2002 - Snow fell in unusual places in the Middle East, like Amman, Jordan. Amman's hilly streets were ice coated, stranding many people. Traffic came to a standstill in Jerusalem as heavy snow fell.



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post Jan 8 2010, 01:55 AM
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January 8th - NWS Chicago CWA:

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January 8
...CHICAGO... January 8, 1970. COLD WEATHER ONCE AGAIN GRIPPED THE CHICAGO AREA ON THIS DATE. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE ONLY CLIMBED TO ZERO...CREATING A NEW RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE. WHILE THE LOW TEMPERATURE OF 5 BELOW DIDN'T SET A NEW RECORD FOR THE 8TH...LOW TEMPERATURES FROM THE 6TH THROUGH THE 10TH WERE ALL BELOW ZERO.

...ROCKFORD... January 8, 1910. THIS DATE WAS THE FIFTH NIGHT IN A SEVEN CONSECUTIVE NIGHT COLD SNAP IN ROCKFORD WHERE LOW TEMPERATURES PLUMMETED TO SUBZERO READINGS. THE LOW THIS NIGHT DROPPED TO -14... 25 DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL LOW.
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post Jan 8 2010, 10:47 AM
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January 8

MN History
1902 - January thaw across Minnesota. Twin Cities warms to 46 degrees.

U.S. History
# 1953 - A severe icestorm in the northeastern U.S. produced up to four inches of ice in Pennsylvania, and two to three inches in southeastern New York State. In southern New England the ice coated a layer of snow up to 20 inches deep. The storm resulted in 31 deaths and 2.5 million dollars damage. (David Ludlum)

# 1973 - A severe icestorm struck Atlanta GA. The storm paralyzed the city closing schools and businesses, and damage from the storm was estimated at 25 million dollars. One to four inches of ice coated northern Georgia leaving 300,000 persons without electricity for up to a week. Between 7 PM and 9 PM on the 7th, 2.27 inches (liquid content) of freezing rain, sleet and snow coated Atlanta, as the temperature hovered at 32 degrees. (7th-8th) (David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel)

# 1987 - A winter storm moving out of the Southern Rockies into the Central Plains Region produced 14 inches of snow at Red River NM, and 17 inches in the Wolf Creek ski area of Colorado. Wichita KS was blanketed with seven inches of snow. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1988 - A winter storm spread heavy snow across the northeastern U.S., with up to ten inches reported in southern New Jersey. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1989 - Strong northwesterly winds and bitterly cold temperatures prevailed in the north central U.S. Winds in the Great Lakes Region gusted to 58 mph at Chicago IL, and reached 63 mph at Niagara Falls NY. Squalls in western New York State produced 20 inches of snow at Barnes Corners and Lowville. Snow squalls in Upper Michigan produced 26 inches around Keweenaw. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1990 - High winds plagued the northwestern U.S., with the state of Oregon hardest hit. Two persons were killed in Oregon, and nine others were injured, and the high winds downed fifty-five million board feet of timber, valued at more than twenty million dollars. Winds gusted to 90 mph near Pinehurst ID, and wind gusts reached 96 mph at Stevenson WA. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

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# 1859 - This is the only day that New York City's temperature remained continuously below zero.

# 1923 - Los Angeles recorded its hottest January temperature ever with a reading of 90 degrees.

# 1937 - Nevada recorded its coldest temperature ever (-50F) at San Jacinto.

# 1940 - Heavy snowfalls occurred over interior sections of the mid-Atlantic to New England. Twenty-four inches fell at Grafton, NH. The twenty inches at Jay Peak, VT brought their snow cover total to ninety-one inches! 16.6 inches fell at Wilkes-Baare Scranton PA, bringing their total for the month to 36.9 inches, their snowiest January of record.

# 1979 - This was the coldest day in almost a century in the Russian capital of Moscow as the mercury plunged to -49F.

# 1990 - Winds gusted to 108 near Fort Collins, CO and 104 mph at Winter Park CO as strong winds buffeted the West. The Chinook winds created havoc with traffic, causing many multiple car pileups.

# 1998 - Over three million Canadians were without power as the worst ice storm in the nation's history affected five provinces with a thick coating of freezing rain. The city of Montreal was especially hard hit. At least fifteen deaths were attributed to the storm, including people who died as huge chunks of ice fell from buildings when the melting process began.

# 1998 - Nearly 600,000 people were without power in parts of New England, hard-hit by the same ice storm that was paralyzing parts of Canada.. As much as 2 to 4 inches of ice coated areas from Northern New York to Maine.

# 1998 - For some reason, there is often a period of warmer than normal temperatures across the U.S. between January 7th and 10th. It was true on this date as temperatures ran as much as twenty-seven degrees above normal over the eastern U.S. The morning low of 65 degrees at Dulles International in Washington DC was actually warmer than the previous record high temperature for the date. Cherry blossoms actually bloomed in the nation's capital.

# 2002 - At least 40 record high temperatures were set across the Central Plains and Upper Midwest as westerly down slope winds from the Rockies warmed the area. Temperatures were as much as forty degrees above normal from eastern Colorado to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

# 2002 - The combination of black ice, dense fog and excessive speed for the poor conditions caused a fifty-nine car pileup on I-80 near the Salt Lake City, UT airport. Fourteen people were taken to hospitals, but only one was injured seriously, and no one was killed.

# 2003 - A Turkish Airlines Rj-100 airliner crashed as it attempted to land at Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey in heavy fog. Seventy-five people died in the accident. Only five survived.




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post Jan 9 2010, 01:59 AM
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January 9th - NWS Chicago CWA:

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January 9
...CHICAGO... January 9, 1939. THE LOW TEMPERATURE FELL TO 45 DEGREES...ESTABLISHING A RECORD HIGH MINIMUM FOR THIS DATE. A VERY MILD 58 DEGREE HIGH WAS ALSO RECORDED ON THE 9TH. WHILE NOT A RECORD FOR THIS DATE...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 52 DEGREES...28 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

...ROCKFORD... January 9, 1997. A TWO DAY WINTER STORM AFFECTED ROCKFORD...AS WELL AS THE REMAINDER OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS AND NORTHWEST INDIANA. BY THE TIME IT ENDED ON THE 10TH...ONLY 3.5 INCHES OF SNOW FELL ON THE CITY. HOWEVER VERY STRONG WINDS CAUSED CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF THE SNOW. THIS JANUARY WAS THE 5TH SNOWIEST ON RECORD AS THE TOTAL FOR THE MONTH WAS 19.4 INCHES.
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post Jan 9 2010, 12:26 PM
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January 9

MN History
1934 - Sleet and ice storm over southwest Minnesota. Hardest hit was Slayton, Tracy and Pipestone. The thickest ice was just east of Pipestone with ice measuring 6 to 8 inches in diameter. At Holland in Pipestone County three strands of #6 wire measured 4.5 inches in diameter and weighed 33 ounces per foot. The ice was described as: "Very peculiar information being practically round on three sides, the lower side being ragged projectiles like icicles: in other words pointed. The frost and ice were wet, not flaky like frost usually is. In handling this, it could be squeezed into a ball and did not crumble."

1977 - St. Cloud recorded their coldest temperature ever with a reading of -43F at 8 a.m.. Between January 3-19, the low temperatures there dropped to -15F or lower on fourteen of the seventeen days!

1982 - Both January 9th and 10th saw some of the coldest windchills ever seen in Minnesota. Temperatures of -30 and winds of 40mph were reported in Northern Minnesota. This would translate to windchills of -71 with the new windchill formula, -100 with the old formula.

1992 - For 350 straight hours (two weeks) ending on this date, the sky observation was listed as completely cloudy in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Even though the clouds were abundant, the temperatures were relatively mild, with readings running nineteen degrees above normal.

U.S. History
# 1875 - The temperature at Cheyenne, WY, dipped to an all-time record cold reading of -38 degrees. (The Weather Channel)

# 1888 - Severe cold gripped much of the western U.S. At Portland OR the Columbia River was frozen for two weeks, and in southern California temperatures dipped below freezing in some of the citrus growing areas. (David Ludlum)

# 1976 - Lake effect snow squalls buried the town of Adams NY under 68 inches of snow. (David Ludlum)

# 1987 - A winter storm spread heavy snow from the Central Plains into the Great Lakes Region. Heavier totals included 9 inches at Sun City KS, 7 inches at Columbia MO, 11 inches at Terre Haute IN, and up to 10 inches in the southern suburbs of Chicago IL. (National Weather Summary) ( Storm Data)

# 1988 - A storm in the northeastern U.S. produced ten inches of snow at Boston MA, and 14 inches at Worcester MA. A winter storm in the northwestern U.S. produced a foot of snow in three hours at McCall ID. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1989 - Strong winds prevailed along the eastern slopes of the Rockies in Colorado. Winds gusted to 113 mph at the Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, and reached 115 mph at Boulder. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1990 - A third storm in four days hit the Pacific Northwest. Winds in Oregon gusted above 100 mph at Netarts and at Oceanside. Up to 8.16 inches of rain was reported around Seaside OR, and the total of 4.53 inches of rain at Astoria OR was a record for the date. Twelve cities in the western U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. The high of 70 degrees at Cedar City UT was a record for January. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

...and more History
# 1880 - A rapidly deepening low pressure system produced extremely strong winds along the Pacific Northwest coast. Reports of wind damage were widespread. The roof of the Oregon capital was partially blown off. It was the second major storm in three days along the Pacific Northwest coast.

# 1932 - Pink snow fell in Durango, CO as dust from the Painted Desert mixed with a snowstorm.

# 1950 - A series of three major snowstorms with with almost no break paralyzed much of Oregon. The snows were generally the heaviest in Oregon history. 224 inches of snow fell during the month at Timberline Lodge, OR.

# 1979 - Major ice storm struck Portland, OR.

# 1993 - 17.2 inches of snow fell in Topeka KS in twenty four hours.

# 1997 - Comair Flight 3272 crashed into a field near Ida, OH during a major snowstorm. All twenty-nine people aboard died. The cause of the crash: ice built-up on the wings of the EMB-120 aircraft.

# 1998 - One of the worst ice storms in U.S. history was coming to a close across upstate New York and northern New England.. A one-to-three-inch coating of ice left as many as 500,000 people without power and made road travel nearly impossible. In Maine, four out of five residents lost electrical service.

# 2000 - It did not snow on this date in Houghton, MI. Remarkable, because it snapped a record streak of fifty-three consecutive days with snow in the city.




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January 10th - NWS Chicago CWA:

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January 10
January 10, 1982. BITTERLY COLD WEATHER GRIPPED MUCH OF THE STATE AS MOST REPORTING STATIONS RECORDED LOW TEMPERATURES OF 20 DEGREES BELOW ZERO OR COLDER. SOME OF THE COLDEST AIR SETTLED IN OVER MUCH OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS THAT NIGHT CAUSING TEMPERATURES TO PLUMMET TO 26 BELOW IN CHICAGO AND 27 BELOW IN ROCKFORD. THIS SET AN ALL TIME RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE FOR ROCKFORD.
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January 10

MN History
1975 - The "Storm of the Century" hit Minnesota. A severe blizzard moved northward across the state producing up to two feet of snow. High winds drove wind chill readings to 80 degrees below zero, and at Duluth the barometric pressure dipped to 28.55 inches. The storm, which claimed 35 lives, occurred on the 102nd anniversary of the infamous "Pioneer Blizzard".

1990 - January heat wave. Twin Cities warms to 49 degrees.

U.S. History
# 1800 - Savannah, GA, received a foot and a half of snow, and ten inches blanketed Charleston SC. It was the heaviest snowfall of record for the immediate Coastal Plain of the southeastern U.S. (David Ludlum)

# 1911 - The temperature at Rapid City, SD, plunged 47 degrees in just fifteen minutes. (The Weather Channel)

# 1949 - Snow was reported at San Diego, CA, for the first and only time since 1882. Snow was noted even on some of the beaches in parts of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Burbank reported 4.7 inches, and Long Beach and Laguna Beach received one inch of snow. (David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel)

# 1982 - The temperature at O'Hare Airport in Chicago, IL, plunged to an all-time record of 26 degrees below zero, and high winds drove the wind chill reading to 77 degrees below zero. The temperature in Downtown Chicago reached 23 degrees below zero. A week later a second arctic surge sent the temperature plunging back down to 25 degrees below zero. (Weather Channel) (National Weather Summary)

# 1987 - Bitter cold air invaded the Rocky Mountain Region, with subzero readings reported as far south as Gallop NM. Pocatello ID reported a record low reading of 14 degrees below zero. (National Weather Summary)

# 1988 - A storm in the northwestern U.S. produced wind gusts to 97 mph at Netarts OR, and up to two feet of snow in the mountains of Oregon. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1989 - The first documented January tornado of record in Utah struck the south part of Sandy. Asphalt shingles were driven one half inch into a fence. (The Weather Channel) Clear skies, light winds, and up to 24 inches of snow cover, allowed the temperature to plunge to 45 degrees below zero at Roseau MN, and to -43 degrees at Warroad MN. The afternoon high at Grand Forks ND was 16 degrees below zero. (National Weather Summary)

# 1990 - Strong southerly winds ahead of a Pacific cold front helped temperatures in the central U.S. soar as much as 50 degrees during the day. A total of fifty cities in the central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, with afternoon highs in the 70s reported as far north as Nebraska and eastern Colorado. Highs of 53 at devils Lake ND, 76 at Grand Island NE, 73 at Lincoln NE, and 73 at North Platte NE, established records for the month of January. (National Weather Summary)

...and more History
# 1720 - Tornado kills sixty people and injured more than 300 in San Justo, Argentina.

# 1836 - "The Big Snow" dumped as much as forty inches of snow over northern and western Pennsylvania and interior New York. As much as twenty-four inches fell across southern New Jersey. Eighteen inches was recorded at New York City and fifteen inches fell at Philadelphia, PA.

# 1962 - A massive landslide of ice, rock and mud crashed down the north side of Peru�s highest Mountain, Nevada de Huascaram. The one-mile wide mass of debris, nearly fifty feet deep, moved eleven miles in fifteen minutes and was as wide as one mile. Thirty five hundred people were killed.

# 1975 - An F4 tornado struck McComb, MS just after 8 a.m., hitting two schools as 325 students took shelter. Only five were injured. The twister destroyed eighty eight homes and thirty businesses across the city. Nine people were killed along the forty-seven mile path of the tornado.

# 1981 - The eastern half of the United States was in the deep freeze as a major arctic blast affected the country. Records were set all across the Midwest. The coldest reading was -36F at Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Wind chills as low as -98F were reported at Fargo, ND.

# 1982 - A "snow devil" developed at Edinboro, Pennsylvania. The funnel shaped vortex, about one hundred feet tall and twenty to twenty-five feet wide, ripped small trees out of the ground.

# 1982 - Miserable conditions at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati where the Chargers played the Bengals in an NFL playoff game with a kickoff temperature of -9 degrees.

# 1993 - Salt Lake City recorded its greatest snowstorm in history with 23.3 inches of snow in four days.

# 1996 - The third in a series of four major snowstorms in ten days dumped heavy snows over the mid-Atlantic and Northeast U.S. The Washington/Baltimore area was just digging out from the blizzard two days earlier when another three to six inches fell. Boston's 5.4 inches increased its snow cover to thirty-two inches, which set an all-time record. The two inches that fell at Philadelphia brought the total for the month to 33.7 inches, its snowiest January ever.

# 2002 - An international snowmobile race in Eagle River, WI was nearly canceled for lack of snow! A snow less winter was forcing winter festival organizers all over the upper Midwest to truck in their snow. The world's largest ice fishing contest in Brainerd, MN had to be canceled because the ice was not thick enough for vehicles to drive on the frozen lakes.

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January 11th - NWS Chicago CWA:

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January 11, 1991. A THREE-DAY WINTER SNOW STORM FROM THE 10TH THROUGH THE 12TH HIT NORTHERN ILLINOIS AND INDIANA. THE COMBINATION OF FREEZING RAIN AND 35 MPH WINDS CAUSED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO TREES AND POWER LINES. WIDESPREAD BLACKOUTS OCCURRED OVER MUCH OF THE AREA. THE FREEZING RAIN CHANGED OVER TO SNOW LATE IN THE EVENING DUMPING 5.1 INCHES OF NEW SNOW BY THE END OF THE DAY IN THE CHICAGO AREA AND 4.7 INCHES IN ROCKFORD.
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January 11

MN History
1899 - An odd flash of lightning lit the clouds up around 9 pm at Maple Plain.

1975 - Blizzard continues with hurricane force winds in southwestern Minnesota.

U.S. History
# 1918 - A tremendous blizzard completely immobilized the Midwest, stopping mail service for two weeks. The vast storm then moved through the Great Lakes Region and the Ohio Valley. Winds reached 60 mph at Toledo OH, and the temperature plunged from 28 above to 15 below zero during passage of the cold front. (David Ludlum)

# 1972 - Downslope winds hit the eastern slopes of the Rockies in northern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming. Boulder CO reported wind gusts to 143 mph and twenty-five million dollars property damage. (David Ludlum)

# 1987 - A storm in the northeastern U.S. buried the mountains of central Vermont with up to 26 inches of snow, and snowfall totals in Maine ranged up to 27 inches at Telos Lake. Winds gusted to 45 mph at Newark NJ and Albany NY. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1988 - Snow and high winds in Utah resulted in a fifty car pile-up along Interstate 15. Winds in Wyoming gusted to 115 mph at Rendezvous Peak. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1989 - A cold front which the previous day produced 21 inches of snow at Stampede Pass WA and wind gusts to 75 mph at Mammoth Lakes CA, spread snow across Colorado. Totals in Colorado ranged up to 17 inches at Steamboat Springs. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1990 - Strong northwesterly winds associated with a deep low pressure system crossing the Upper Great Lakes Region ushered cold air into the central U.S. Winds gusted to 72 mph at Fort Dodge IA, and wind gusts reached 75 mph at Yankton SD. Snow and high winds created blizzard conditions in northwestern Minnesota. Squalls produced heavy snow in parts of Upper Michigan and northern Lower Michigan, with 16 inches reported at Wakefield. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

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# 1898 - A late night F4 tornado struck Fort Smith, AR. Fifty-five people died, making it one of Arkansas deadliest tornadoes. A street sign was found twenty-two miles away.

# 1918 - An afternoon F3 tornado destroyed a small rural school near Dothan, AL. The teacher and seven of the forty students were killed. Nearly every building in the town of Webb, AL was damaged by the twister. Ten people died along the twister's path along with 120 injuries, 70 of them in Webb.

# 1951 - An unusually strong California tornado (F2) struck Los Gatos and Sunnyvale, causing $1.5 million in damage. San Jose, CA also was hit by an F2 tornado.

# 1952 - A major snowstorm set several California snowfall records including forty-four inches at Marlette Lake and 149 inches at Tahoe during the five-day storm.

# 1969 - Heavy snow fell across northern Oregon on the 11th and 12th. There was heavy damage to trees, which knocked out ninety percent of the power in the area. Blizzard conditions brought traffic to a standstill, particularly over Mt. Hood, where traffic was backed up for eighteen miles.

# 1972 - Idaho hit hard by wind and snowfall that was said to be the worst in memory. Two thousand travelers were stuck on the road and had to spend the night in the National Reactor Test Facility near Idaho Falls, ID.

# 1980 - The temperature at the Great Falls, MT International Airport rose from -32F to 17F in just seven minutes as a Chinook wind warmed the arctic air. This temperature rise stands as the most rapid temperature change ever registered in the United States.

# 1982 - A huge arctic outbreak invaded the Deep South. Temperature fell to -5F at Atlanta, GA and -2F at Birmingham, AL. Pensacola, FL fell to 8F and Orlando recorded 32F. Thirty-four record lows were established across the country.

# 1989 - Santa Ana winds of up to one hundred miles per hour raked southern California. The Pepsi/Slice blimp was destroyed by the high winds at the Ontario Airport. Trucks on I-10 and I-15 were toppled.

# 1997 - Wind chills of -81F and sixteen foot snowdrifts paralyzed the Dakotas. South Dakota would be declared a Federal disaster area. Extremely cold temperatures plunged all the way to the Texas coast with readings at least thirty degrees below normal over a wide area. At least thirty-one people died in the extreme weather.

# 1997 - An emergency was declared in Buffalo, NY as the city experienced its fourth heaviest blizzard. Two feet of snow fell in some areas. Driving was banned for a time so that snowplows could do their jobs without running into stalled cars.

# 1998 - The first major snow in six years fell in Jerusalem, putting Israelis in a festive spirit.



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January 12th - NWS Chicago CWA:

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January 12
...CHICAGO...January 12, 1912. CHICAGO WAS IN THE MIDST OF A LONG PERIOD OF COLD WEATHER. FROM THE 4TH THROUGH THE 13TH...MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WERE BELOW ZERO. THIS SET A RECORD FOR THE GREATEST CONSECUTIVE NUMBER OF DAYS WITH SUBZERO LOWS.

...ROCKFORD... JANUARY 12, 1960. WARM MOIST AIR MOVED OVER ROCKFORD AS HEAVY RAINS DELUGED THE AREA WITH A RECORD AMOUNT OF 2.46 INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE 12TH. LOW LAND AND URBAN FLOODING ALSO OCCURRED. IN FACT...THE WARM AIR CAUSED THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE SOARING TO 55 DEGREES --- SETTING ANOTHER RECORD FOR THE DAY.
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January 12

MN History
1888 - "Blizzard of '88." It hit during a mild day when many children were heading home from school. They made up the majority of the 200 people that died. At the end of the storm the thermometer at St. Paul read -37.

2000 - Snow falls in a narrow band over the Twin Cities. Maplewood receives 5.5 inches, while Chanhassen gets 12.

U.S. History
# 1888 - A sharp cold front swept southward from the Dakotas to Texas in just 24 hours spawning a severe blizzard over the Great Plains. More than 200 pioneers perished in the storm. Subzero temperatures and mountainous snow drifts killed tens of thousands of cattle. (David Ludlum)

# 1912 - The morning low of 47 degrees below zero at Washta IA established a state record. (The Weather Channel)

# 1985 - A record snowstorm struck portions of western and south central Texas. The palm trees of San Antonio were blanketed with up to thirteen and a half inches of snow, more snow than was ever previously received in an entire winter season. (Weather Channel) (Storm Data)

# 1987 - Twenty-seven cities in the Upper Midwest reported new record high temperatures for the date. Afternoon highs of 72 degrees at Valentine NE and 76 degrees at Rapid City SD set records for the month of January. (National Weather Summary)

# 1988 - Parts of North Dakota finally got their first snow of the winter season, and it came with a fury as a blizzard raged across the north central U.S. Snowfall totals ranged up to 14 inches at Fargo ND, winds gusted to 65 mph at Windom MN, and wind chill readings in North Dakota reached 60 degrees below zero. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1989 - A dozen cities in the southeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date as readings warmed into the 70s and 80s. Fort Myers FL reported a record high of 86 degrees. (National Weather Summary)

# 1990 - Gale force winds produce squalls with heavy snow in the Great Lakes Region. Totals in northwest Pennsylvania ranged up to eleven inches at Conneautville and Meadville. Barnes Corners, in western New York State, was buried under 27 inches of snow in two days. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

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# 1911 - The thermometer at Rapid City, SD read 55F at 6 a.m.. Two hours later, the temperature had plunged to -13F, setting a record for two hour temperature drops in the United States.

# 1981 - Massachusettes recorded its coldest temperature ever at Chester (-35F).

# 1982 - Arctic air mass continued into invasion of the south, moving into Florida. Homestead, FL recorded a reading of 29F, and Orlando fell to 23 degrees. Major damage was reported to citrus and vegetables.

# 1982 - Snow and freezing rain moved into Birmingham, AL hours before it was expected. Serious icing occurred overnight as temperatures hovered near freezing. 16,000 people ended up in emergency shelters overnight in Birmingham as the precipitation arrived earlier than expected, turning highways into skating rinks. Atlanta, GA was also hard-hit by the ice storm.

# 1991 - Thirty three sailors died in a cargo ship which sunk in a major Atlantic storm southeast of Newfoundland.

# 1996 - The fourth and final in a series of snowstorms to affect the east coast dumped heavy snows, including thirty inches at Oakland, PA. The deep snow cover, up to 50 inches in some areas, would be completely gone in most areas in just two weeks following a major warming trend and heavy rains.

# 1997 - An amazing lake effect snow event off on Lake Ontario brought eighty six inches of snow in forty-eight hours to Montague, NY. The town is located atop the Tug Hill Plateau and is notorious for heavy lake effect snows off on Lake Ontario. Seventy inches fell in less than twenty-four hours.



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1987 - Warm air invades Minnesota with a balmy high of 48.

U.S. History
# 1886 - A great blizzard struck the state of Kansas without warning. The storm claimed 50 to 100 lives, and eighty percent of the cattle in the state. (David Ludlum)

# 1888 - The mercury plunged to 65 degrees below zero at Fort Keough, located near Miles City MT. The reading stood as a record for the continental U.S. for sixty-six years. (David Ludlum)

# 1912 - The temperature at Oakland, MD, plunged to 40 degrees below zero to establish a state record. (Sandra and TI Richard Sanders - 1987)

# 1987 - Dry and mild weather prevailed across the country. Nineteen cities in the Upper Midwest reported record high temperatures for the date, including Grand Island NE with a reading of 67 degrees. (National Weather Summary)

# 1988 - A fast moving cold front ushered arctic cold into the north central and northeastern U.S. Mason City IA reported a wind chill reading of 51 degrees below zero, and Greenville ME reported a wind chill of 63 degrees below zero. Winds along the cold front gusted to 63 mph at Rochester NY, and a thunderstorm along the cold front produced wind gusts to 62 mph at Buffalo NY, along with snow and sleet. (National Weather Summary)

# 1989 - Friday the 13th was bad luck primarily for the south central U.S. as an upper level weather disturbance spread a mixture of snow and sleet and freezing rain across Texas and Oklahoma. Snowfall totals in central Oklahoma ranged up to 8.5 inches at Norman. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1990 - A winter storm in the southwestern U.S. produced more than a twelve inches of snow in the mountains of California and Nevada. In northern California, Huntington Lake was buried under 40 inches of snow, and up to 20 inches was reported in northeastern Nevada. Heavy rain soaked some of the lower elevations of California. Gibraltar Dam CA was drenched with 5.33 inches of rain in two days. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

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# 1862 - Flooding in California, known as the "Nochian Flood", produced a vast sea in the Sacramento Valley. San Francisco, CA had a total rainfall for the month of 24.36 inches.

# 1903 - A tropical cyclone struck the Society Islands in the South Pacific, causing a storm surge as high as forty feet. One thousand people perished. .

# 1913 - The temperature at Rapid City, SD rose sixty four degrees in fourteen hours.

# 1937 - The Ohio River floods covered most of the town of Jeffersonville, sending 13,000 people fleeing. 90,000 people were forced to evacuate Evansville, IN. Seventy percent of Louisville, KY was inundated. The town of Paducah, Kentucky was deserted in the face of the rising water.

# 1944 - Damaging ice storm from Texas to Mississippi caused $18 million in damage.

# 1950 - The Seattle-Tacoma area was hit by a major blizzard that dumped up to fifty inches of snow in some areas and dropped temperatures to below zero. Thirteen people died in the storm that paralyzed parts of eastern Washington, northern Idaho and Oregon. 21.4 inches of snow fell at the SEA-TAC airport.

# 1952 - During the first days of 1952, the Southern Pacific Railroad found itself battling a series of fierce winter snow storms that threatened all train operations. Their flagship passenger train, the Streamliner City of San Francisco finally set out over the Sierras on this date. The train became trapped in an avalanche. It would take three cold, long days to free the 226 passengers.

# 1964 - Williamsport, PA was buried under twenty four inches of snow. Nineteen inches fell in Nantucket, MA and Scranton, PA.

# 1972 - An elementary school in suburban Atlanta was struck by lightning, sparking a fire. The students had to evacuate the building into the raging storm.

# 1982 - A major winter storm spread snow, sleet and freezing rain across the South, from Texas to South Carolina. The temperature plunged to -5F in Atlanta, GA. Major damage was reported to agricultural and citrus crops in southern Florida.

# 1982 - Air Florida Flight 90 crashed onto the Fourteenth Street Bridge and into the icy Potomac River during a terrible blizzard in Washington, DC. Ice build up on the wings caused the plane to crash right after takeoff. Only five of the seventy-nine people aboard survived.

# 1996 - The eastern half of Pennsylvania was reeling under its heaviest snow cover in memory. The area around the state capital had nearly four feet of snow on the ground. Parts of the northern Susquehanna Valley had nearly five feet of snow cover. Six days later, most of the snow would melt and combine with an unseasonably warm rainstorm to produce the worst flooding since Hurricane Eloise in 1975.

# 1997 - In Utah, an estimated four thousand skiers and snowboarders were home after being stranded for much of the weekend. Two feet of fresh snow and several avalanches had blocked the highway to the Snowbird and Alta ski resorts for two days.

# 1997 - A winter storm spread freezing rain over much of southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana., knocking out power to over 100,000 people. One unexpected side effect of the ice storm was a pronounced baby boom nine months later in area hospitals.

# 1997 - Weather observers at Lake Charles, LA had to run across the runway at the airport to chip thick ice off of the anemometer when the dial in their office showed calm winds despite a stiff southeast breeze.

# 2000 - Snow finally fell in Boston MA, ending the longest snow less streak in the city's history at 304 days. It was also the latest start to a snow season in Beantown.

# 2002 - Packer Fans in Green Bay only had one complaint about the weather as their beloved team lined up to play the 49ers in an NFL Playoff game at Lambeau Field. It was too warm. Game time temperatures were in the upper 20s, nothing like the -13 at the Ice Bowl in 1967 when Green Bay hosted Dallas.




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January 13th - NWS Chicago CWA:

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January 13
January 13, 1979. THE BLIZZARD OF '79 MOVED INTO NORTHERN ILLINOIS AND NORTHWEST INDIANA. AT THE TIME...THIS DATE HAD THE GREATEST CALENDAR DAY SNOWFALL OF 16.5 INCHES IN CHICAGO. IT IS NOW THE SECOND LARGEST CALENDAR DAY SNOWFALL...FOLLOWING THE 1999 BLIZZARD. 9.5 INCHES OF SNOW FELL ON ROCKFORD FROM THIS STORM. THIS STORM AIDED ROCKFORD TO SET THE ALL-TIME RECORD SNOWFALL FOR A SINGLE WINTER SEASON --- WITH A TOTAL ACCUMULATION OF 74.5 INCHES.
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January 14th - NWS Chicago CWA:

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January 14
January 14, 1979. AS THE BLIZZARD OF '79 WAS WINDING DOWN...CHICAGO RESIDENTS BEGAN TO DIG OUT OF THE SNOW. A TOTAL OF 18.8 INCHES OF SNOW FELL ACROSS THE AREA RANKING THIS AS THE 4TH BIGGEST SNOWSTORM IN CHICAGO'S HISTORY. THE GREATEST SNOW DEPTH RECORDED FOR CHICAGO WAS MEASURED AT 29 INCHES ON THIS DAY. ALTHOUGH THE BLIZZARD DIDN'T PRODUCE ANY MORE SNOW FOR ROCKFORD ON THIS DATE...THE GREATEST SNOW DEPTH FOR ROCKFORD ALSO OCCURRED IN JANUARY 1979 WITH 27 INCHES.
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January 15th - NWS Chicago CWA:

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January 15
...CHICAGO...January 15, 1985. CHICAGO RECORDED A HIGH OF 13 AND A LOW OF 4 BELOW. THIS WAS THE FIRST OF 33 CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF BELOW FREEZING TEMPERATURES... ENDING ON FEBRUARY 17TH. THIS IS THE SECOND LONGEST STRETCH OF SUBFREEZING TEMPERATURES IN CHICAGO'S HISTORY.

...ROCKFORD... January 15, 1972. ON THIS DATE...THE LOW DROPPED TO 19 BELOW IN ROCKFORD. ALTHOUGH THE LOW OF -24 IN 1979 WAS A RECORD BREAKER...THIS WAS ONE OF ELEVEN DAYS DURING THE MONTH WHERE THERE WERE SUBZERO LOWS.


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January 14

MN History
1952 - Glaze, Sleet and Ice storm across Minnesota from St Cloud south into Iowa. 1,100 Northwestern Bell telephone wires down. The Buffalo Ridge in the Pipestone area the hardest hit with 3/4 inches of solid ice on Northern State Power wires with icicles to 3 inches. Northwestern Bell reported ice to 1 1/2 inches of ice on their wires in the same area. Thunder and a shower of ice pellets accompanied the storm in New Ulm and Mankato. Minneapolis General Hospital treated 81 people, victims of falls on icy streets.

1981 - Over 24,000 Canadian Geese are at Silver Lake in Rochester.

U.S. History
# 1863 - The greatest snowstorm of record for Cincinnati OH commenced, and a day later twenty inches of snow covered the ground. That total has remained far above the modern day record for Cincinnati of eleven inches of snow in one storm. (David Ludlum)

# 1882 - Southern California's greatest snow occurred on this date. Fifteen inches blanketed San Bernardino, and even San Diego reported a trace of snow. (David Ludlum)

# 1979 - Chicago, IL, was in the midst of their second heaviest snow of record as, in thirty hours, the city was buried under 20.7 inches of snow. The twenty-nine inch snow cover following the storm was an all-time record for Chicago. (David Ludlum)

# 1987 - Arctic cold invaded the north central U.S. By evening blustery northwest winds and temperatures near zero at Grand Forks ND were producing wind chill readings of 50 degrees below zero. (National Weather Summary)

# 1988 - A powerful Pacific storm produced rain and high winds in the western U.S. In Nevada, a wind gust to 90 mph at Reno was an all-time record for that location, and wind gusts reached 106 mph southwest of Reno. A wind gust to 94 mph was recorded at nearby Windy Hill. Rainfall totals in Oregon ranged up to six inches at Wilson River. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1989 - A winter storm spread snow and sleet and freezing rain from the Middle Mississippi Valley to the northeastern U.S. Freezing rain in West Virginia caused fifteen traffic accidents in just a few minutes west of Charleston. Tennessee was deluged with up to 7.5 inches of rain. Two inches of rain near Clarksville TN left water in the streets as high as car doors.

# 1990 - A winter storm in the southwestern U.S. blanketed the mountains of southwest Utah with 18 to 24 inches of snow, while sunshine and strong southerly winds helped temperatures warm into the 60s in the Central Plains Region. Five cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including North Platte NE with a reading of 63 degrees. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

...and more History
# 1831 - The greatest snowstorm recorded in American history until this time occurred from Georgia to the northeast and west to the Ohio Valley. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania had thirty inches and Pittsburgh recorded twenty two inches.

# 1888 - The temperature in Eureka, CA fell to 20F as a cold spell affected the Golden State. The temperature at San Francisco dropped to 29F.

# 1910 - The luxury liner Lusitania was struck by an eighty foot wave that heavily damaged the ship as it made its way from Liverpool to New York City. The storm that caused the high wave also produced blizzard conditions on the East Coast, including New York City, where fifteen inches of snow fell.

# 1932 - The home of a thirteen member family in Lexington, TN was destroyed by a tornado. Ten fatalities resulted.

# 1974 - Severe flooding in Idaho was the result of unseasonably warm temperatures, Chinook winds and heavy rains. The flooding is regarded to be the worst weather disaster in the history of the state. Damage totaled $50 million.




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January 15

MN History
1972 - Cold air invades the region with a minimum temperature of -33 degrees F at Alexandria, -32 at Eau Claire, and -29 at the Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport.

U.S. History
# 1852 - Between January 15th and February 24th a total of 1378 railroad cars were drawn by horses across the frozen Susquehanna River to engines waiting at Havre De Grace, MD. (The Weather Channel)

# 1932 - Up to two inches of snow whitened the Los Angeles basin of California. The Los Angeles Civic Center reported an inch of snow, and even the beaches of Santa Monica were whitened with snow, in what proved to be a record snowstorm for Los Angeles. (David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel)

# 1952 - A six day snowstorm was in progress in the western U.S. The storm produced 44 inches of snow at Marlette Lake NV, 52 inches at Sun Valley ID, and 149 inches at Tahoe CA, establishing single storm records for each of those three states. In addition, 24 hour snowfall totals of 22 inches at the University of Nevada, and 26 inches at Arco ID, established records for those two states. The streamliner, 'City of San Francisco' was snowbound in the Sierra Nevada Range, near Donner Summit. (David Ludlum)

# 1987 - A powerful storm over the Southern Plateau and the Southern Rockies produced 24 inches of snow at Colorado Springs CO, including 22 inches in 24 hours, a January record. High winds in the southwestern U.S. gusted to 65 mph in the Yosemite Valley of California. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1988 - A small storm over the Atlantic Ocean produced heavy snow along the coast of North Carolina. The five inch total at Wilmington NC was their third highest for any storm in January in 117 years of records. (National Weather Summary)

# 1989 - A storm in the northwestern U.S. produced up to 14 inches of snow in the Cascade Mountain Range. Light snow in the north central U.S. was just enough to push the snowfall total for January at Fargo ND past their previous all-time monthly record of 30.7 inches.

# 1990 - While one Pacific storm crossed the Central Rockies, another approached the west coast. The northern mountains of Utah were buried under 17 to 35 inches of snow while the mountains of southern Utah received another 12 to 16 inches. Eighteen cities in the central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date as readings warmed into the 50s and 60s. Wichita KS reported a record high of 68 degrees. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

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# 1780 - New York Harbor froze over completely during the famous Hard Winter of 1779-1780. It stayed frozen solid for five weeks. The ice was so thick that cannon could be transported across it.

# 1958 - Four hurricane reconnaissance planes have been lost since the practice was started in the mid 1940s. Three have been lost in the Pacific, one in the Atlantic. A WB-50 from the 54th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron was lost during Supertyphoon Orphelia southwest of Guam.

# 1993 - Fairbanks, AK measured forty-seven inches of snow on the ground, the deepest snow cover ever recorded.

# 1995 - Williston, ND recorded its greatest twenty-four hour snowfall when 12.6 inches of snow fell.

# 1995 - Caribou, ME recorded their all-time January high of 53F. What is interesting is that just four days earlier a daily record low of -33F degrees was recorded.

# 2002 - Heavy rains finally brought Australia's worst bushfire crisis in eight years to an end, dousing the remaining fires that have been burning near Sydney since Christmas Day. Over 1.25 million acres were burned by the fires, many of which were started by arsonists.



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January 16th - NWS Chicago CWA:

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...CHICAGO...January 16, 1979. IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE BLIZZARD THAT HIT A COUPLE OF DAYS PRIOR...THE DEEP SNOW COVER CONTRIBUTED TO COLD NIGHT TIME LOWS. THIS DATE WAS THE THIRD DAY IN A ROW WHERE THE LOW PLUMMETED TO SUBZERO READINGS.

...ROCKFORD... JANUARY 16, 1924. 9.5 INCHES OF SNOW BLANKETED ROCKFORD DURING A 24-HOUR PERIOD. IN FACT...THIS WAS THE ONLY DAY DURING THE MONTH THAT RECORDED SNOWFALL.
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January 16

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1921 - Winds gusting up to 59 mph created a sand blizzard across southwest Minnesota and a snowstorm across the north.

U.S. History
# 1831 - A great snowstorm raged from Georgia to Maine. Snowfall totals greater than 30 inches were reported from Pennsylvania across southern New England. (David Ludlum)

# 1964 - Fort Worth, TX, received 7.5 inches of snow, and Dallas reported a foot of snow. (David Ludlum)

# 1987 - A winter storm produced a total of 61 inches of snow at Rye CO, and wind gusts to 100 mph in Utah. The storm then spread heavy snow from the Texas panhandle to Indiana. Tulia TX received 16 inches of snow, and up to 14 inches was reported in western Oklahoma. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1988 - A small storm in the western U.S. produced a foot of snow and wind gusts to 70 mph in the Lake Tahoe Basin of Nevada. Showers and thunderstorms produced 2.28 inches of rain at Brownsville TX,their third highest total for any day in January. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1989 - Strong chinook winds plagued much of the state of Wyoming. Winds gusted to 80 mph at Cody, and wind gusts to 100 mph were reported in eastern and northwestern Wyoming. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

# 1990 - Heavy snow fell across the Prince Williams Sound area and the Susitna Valley of southern Alaska. Valdez was buried under 64.9 inches of snow in less than two days, including a record 47.5 inches in 24 hours. Up to 44 inches of snow was reported in the Susitna Valley. The heavy snow blocked roads, closed schools, and sank half a dozen vessels in the harbor. (Storm Data)

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# 1916 - San Francisco was affected by a tremendous Pacific storm that caused extensive wind damage throughout central California.

# 1959 - Bennet's Bridge, NY received fifty-one inches of snow in sixteen hours from a lake effect snowstorm generated as cold air swept across the relatively warm waters of Lake Ontario.

# 1977 - Arctic air settled into the Plains and temperature records fell: Fargo, ND (-35F); Omaha, NE (-21F); Kansas City MO (-13F); Chicago IL (-19F); Des Moines, IA (-18F); Springfield MO (-16F); St. Louis (-14F).

# 1982 - The second severe arctic outbreak of the season infiltrates the Central U.S. Zero degree temperatures were recorded into Texas. The mercury dropped from 55F to -1F at Amarillo and from 62F to 10F at Oklahoma City.

# 1988 - A major Pacific coastal storm battered southern California. Trees were uprooted in the San Diego area by sixty-five mph winds. The barometer at Los Angeles dropped to a record low reading of 29.25 inches.

# 1990 - Until 1990, no tornado had ever been recorded in the United States on January 16th. Once the "jinx" was broken on this date, tornadoes occurred on January 16th in 1993 and 1997 in Florida.

# 1994 - Bitter cold across the Great Lakes and Northeast: Alpena MI ties its record low for January with -28F. Boston suffered through its coldest day in 26 years with an average temp for the day of only 2F. -43F at Watertown NY was the nation's lowest temperature. Blackouts were reported over a large area of Virginia as the power drain overwhelmed utilities.



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January 17th - NWS Chicago CWA:

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...CHICAGO... January 17, 1880. CHICAGO HAD A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 50 DEGREES. ALTHOUGH THIS WAS NOT A RECORD...IT DID CONTRIBUTE TO JANUARY OF 1880 AS BEING THE WARMEST JANUARY ON RECORD. THE MEAN DAILY TEMPERATURE WAS 39.8 DEGREES...17.8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. ALL OF THE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS MONTH WAS ABOVE FREEZING WITH ALL 31 DAYS RECORDING ABOVE NORMAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURES.

...ROCKFORD... January 17, 1973. ROCKFORD WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF A THREE CONSECUTIVE DAY WARM SPELL...WHERE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES CLIMBED TO AT LEAST 50 DEGREES. ALSO THERE WERE TWO OTHER DAYS DURING THE MONTH WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES GREATER THAN 50 DEGREES. DUE TO THESE UNSEASONABLE READINGS...THIS MONTH WAS IN THE TOP TWENTY WARMEST JANUARYS ON RECORD -- WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 26.3 DEGREES.
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