December 2 Weather History

...1896... An early season snow and ice storm struck the southeastern U.S. It produced 11 inches of snow at Charlotte NC, and six inches at Atlanta GA. At Newport, Rhode Island the snow depth base was 9 inches, breaking the record of 3 inches set in 1896.

...1925... A late season hurricane caused extensive damage across the Florida peninsula, then moved off the Georgia coast crossing Cape Hatteras as a tropical storm. The storm produced whole gales along the Middle Atlantic and Southern New England coast. Winds gusted to 60 mph at Block Island RI, and reached 64 mph at Atlantic City NJ.

...1950... A late season tornado killed four persons in Madison County and Bond County, east of St Louis MO. Three tornadoes touched down in Illinois that afternoon, compared to just half a dozen tornadoes in the month of December in 115 years of records up until that time. Thunderstorms also produced hail which caused more than four million dollars damage in the St Louis area, it was the most damaging hailstorm of record for Missouri.

...1970... A tornado, 400 yards in width, touched down about one mile below the summit of Timpanogos Divide. Trees up to 18 inches in diameter were snapped, and some of the 38 inch snow cover was carried 1000 feet above the ground as the tornado traveled one mile.

...1974... A big snowstorm over the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes area came to an end. Detroit, Michigan measured 19.5 inches of snow, Toledo, Ohio recorded 15.9 inches, 17.8 inches fell at Cleveland, Ohio, and Akron, Ohio was buried under 24.3 inches.

...1982... A tornado destroyed a home four miles south of Eastwood MO. The owners were not injured in that tornado, but ironically one was killed Christmas Eve when another tornado hit the replacement mobile home on the same site.

...1986... The high barometer reached 30.77 inches at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 30.61 inches set back in 1938.

...1987... A powerful storm over the Gulf of Alaska continued to produced high winds and heavy rain along the northern and central Pacific coast. Winds gusted to 80 mph south of Port Orford OR, Stevens Pass WA was blanketed with sixteen inches of snow, and Blue Canyon CA was soaked with 1.63 inches of rain.

...1988... Squalls in the Great Lakes Region produced ten inches of snow at Union City PA. Gale force winds gusted to 55 mph at Buffalo NY.

...1989... Squalls produced heavy snow in the Great Lakes Region. Totals in Upper Michigan ranged up to 20 inches at Ironwood. Heavy snow and high winds caused 150 auto accidents in Michigan, resulting in sixteen deaths and 22 injuries. Strong northwesterly winds gusted to 73 mph at Johnstown PA, and Lowville PA received 20 inches of snow in 36 hours. The low temperature at Newport, Rhode Island dipped to 11 degrees, breaking the record low of 15 degrees, set back in 1930.

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