December 12 Weather History

...1882... Portland OR was drenched with 7.66 inches of rain, a record 24 hour total for that location. (12th-13th)

...1960... The first of three Middle Atlantic snowstorms produced a foot of snow at Baltimore MD. A pre-winter blizzard struck the northeastern U.S. producing wind gusts as high as 51 mph, along with 16 inches of snow at Nantucket MA, and 20 inches at Newark NJ. At Newport, Rhode Island 6.1 inches of snow was recorded along with a wind gust of 59 miles, both high records for the date.

...1969... The worst tornado of record for western Washington State tracked south of Seattle, traveling five miles, from Des Moines to Kent. The tornado, 50 to 200 yards in width, began as a waterspout over Puget Sound. One person was injured and the tornado caused half a million dollars damage.

...1987... While a developing winter storm began to spread snow across New Mexico into Colorado, high winds ushered unseasonably cold air into the southwestern states. Winds in California gusted to 60 mph in the Sacramento River Delta, and in the San Bernardino Valley.

...1988... Cold arctic air spread from the Great Lakes Region to the Appalachian Region. Twenty-five cities, mostly in the northeastern U.S., reported record low temperatures for the date. The low of 12 degrees below zero at Albany NY was their coldest reading of record for so early in the season. Saranac Lake NY was the cold spot in the nation with a low of 28 degrees below zero.  At Newport, Rhode Island the temperature was 3 degrees, breaking the record of 6 degrees set in 1977.

...1989... A winter storm produced snow from northern Mississippi to the Middle Atlantic Coast, with 10.5 inches reported at Powhatan VA. Heavy snow whitened the Black Hills of South Dakota, with 36 inches reported at Deer Mountain. Thirteen cities in the north central U.S., from Minnesota to Texas, reported record low temperatures for the date, including Duluth MN and Yankton SD with morning lows of 22 degrees below zero.

...1992... The "Great Nor'easter" as it became known blasted New England and eastern new York as the blockbuster coastal storm that had ravaged the New York City area and Mid Atlantic reformed south of Cape Cod. Heavy snow had already been falling in interior sections the day before and it spread eastward and southward toward the Providence and Boston areas on this day. Worcester, Massachusetts was buried under 32.1 inches of snow to set a new record for its greatest single storm snowfall total ever. Other snowfall totals included 37 inches at Stamford, New York, 34 inches at Berne, New York, 33 inches at Otis, Massachusetts, 28 inches at Hopkinton, Massachusetts, 27 inches at Union, Connecticut, and 24 inches at Jerimoth Hill, Rhode Island. An enormous amount of precipitation (rain and melted snow) for a winter storm fell at some places. Woonsocket, Rhode Island checked in with 7.14 inches (20 inches of snow), Newport, Rhode Island 4.22 inches (2 inches of snow and a wind gust of 50 miles per hour from Dec. 11-13. Meanwhile, high winds and very high tides battered coastal sections. Boston, Massachusetts recorded frequent gusts over 60 mph with a peak gust of 78 mph. Major coastal flooding and damage occurred as tides were pushed 3 to 4 feet above normal.

...1995... A 5 day lake effect snowstorm came to an end at Sault Ste Marie, Michigan over which time 61.7 inches of snow fell -- by far the city's biggest snowstorm on record. 27.8 inches fell in 24 hours on the 9th and 10th for its all-time 24 hour snowfall record. The snow depth reached 50 inches at one point, tying the record. The storm brought the monthly total to 82.5 inches -- the city's greatest monthly snowfall ever. -An intense ocean storm (952 millibars) battered the West Coast. In Oregon, wind gusts hit 119 mph at Florence, 112 mph at Cannon Beach, and 107 mph at Newport. Northern and central California was hit very hard. Wind gusts reached 103 mph at Angel Island, 85 mph at Redding, and 74 mph at San Francisco, 3 people were killed by falling trees. The San Francisco Conservatory sustained $10 million in damages due to structural failure, broken windows, and plants destroyed. Three Peaks was deluged with 21.22 inches of rain. Other heavy totals included 12.27 inches at the Marin Civic Center, 10.64 inches at Blue Canyon, and 5.01 inches at San Francisco. Oakland was soaked with 2.66 inches in just 45 minutes. Nearly 2 million people were without power at one time. Seattle, Washington and Astoria, Oregon both recorded their lowest pressures on record -- 970.2 and 966.1 millibars (28.70 and 28.53)  respectively. This storm was the worst to strike the region in 16 years.

...2008... A significant ice storm wreaked havoc across New York and New England on December 12, disrupting electricity and leaving over 1 million homes and businesses without power. New Hampshire alone had as many as 320,000 residents without power, which according to reports it was described as the worst outages in 30 years (Reuters). Four fatalities were reported and parts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Maine declared a state of emergency

...2009... 1.86 inches of rain fell at Columbus, Georgia on this day to bring its yearly rainfall total to 73.63 inches -- the city's greatest annual total on record, breaking the previous record of 73.22 inches set in 1964.

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