December 3 Weather History

...1856... A severe blizzard began to rage across Iowa and Kansas. It produced as much as 16 inches of snow in Iowa.

...1926... Yuma AZ was soaked with 1.10 inch of rain, and by the 10th of the month had received 4.43 inches, making it the wettest December of record. The average annual rainfall for Yuma is 3.38 inches. (3rd-10th)

...1971... A small low pressure area moving across the Florida Peninsula dumped heavy snow in North and South Carolina. Tryon, North Carolina checked in with 18 inches for the heaviest total. Asheville, North Carolina recorded 16.3 inches which set a new 24 hour snowfall record and Landrum, South Carolina reported a respectable 14 inches.

...1976... It was a super cold day at Newport, Rhode Island. The high temperature only reached 22 degrees, the morning low 8 degrees; the low dew point was minus 16 degrees and the wind chill was minus twelve degrees, all setting records for the date.

...1983... Birmingham AL was drenched with 9.22 inches of rain in 24 hours. The rains caused severe flash flooding which literally submerged traffic.

...1986... Newport, Rhode Island received 2.34 inches of rain, .96 inches in one hour, both records for the date.

...1987... Stormy weather in the northwestern U.S. finally began to abate, but not before Gold Beach OR was drenched with 7.94 inches of rain in 24 hours. Low pressure spread snow from the Upper Mississippi Valley to the Central Appalachians.

...1988... Gale force winds ushered cold air into the northeastern U.S., and produced snow squalls in the Lower Great Lakes Region. Winds gusted to 48 mph at Buffalo NY.

...1989... Heavy snow and high winds created blizzard conditions in northern New England. Snowfall totals in Maine ranged up to 31 inches, at Limestone. Presque Isle ME reported a record 30 inches of snow in 24 hours, along with wind gusts to 46 mph. 

...1990... An intense winter storm produced blizzard conditions over the Upper Midwest. Adams, Wisconsin was buried under 22 inches of snow. 17.3 inches of snow fell at Madison, Wisconsin which set a new all-time 24 hour snowfall record and drifts reached 7 feet. Dubuque, Iowa recorded 15 inches and 13 inches piled up at Green Bay, Wisconsin. Winds reached 60 mph with whiteout conditions common.  At Newport, Rhode Island the barometer peaked at 30.76, breaking the old record of 30.64 set in 1930.

...1992... An intensifying low pressure area south of New England dumped a surprise heavy, wet snow across northern Connecticut, western Massachusetts, and east-central New York. This was an elevation storm with the big snow accumulations primarily above 1000 feet. Monterey, Massachusetts was the jackpot with 19 inches of snow. This 19 inch amount was the biggest single snowfall in a storm in Massachusetts in nearly 5 years. Other snowfall amounts in Massachusetts included 16 inches at Great Barrington and 15 inches at Peru. 14 inches of snow was recorded in Stephentown, New York.

...2002... Lake Charles, Louisiana recorded 6.19 inches of rain on this day to bring its yearly rainfall total to 81.89 inches -- its wettest year ever. The old record was 79.88 inches set in 1919.

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