...1878... Los Angeles, California fell to 30 degrees, which was at that time "considered" the lowest temperature ever recorded there there in December.
...1915... A heavy snowstorm kicked off the snowiest winter in modern records for western New England. 2.45 inches of rain fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of .58 inches set back in 1903.
...1962... A severe Florida freeze occurred. Morning lows reached 35 degrees at Miami, 18 degrees at Tampa, and 12 degrees at Jacksonville. It was the coldest December weather of the 20th century and caused millions of dollars damage to crops and foliage. In Georgia, the morning low of 9 degrees below zero at Blairsville established a state record for the month of December.
...1975... Newport, Rhode Island recorded a high barometer of 30.82 inches, breaking the record of 30.46, set back in 1966.
...1976... The low dew point dropped to minus 16 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of minus 11 degrees set in 1960, and a high wind gust of 62 miles per hour was recorded, breaking the record of 38 miles per hour set back in 1949.
...1987... A major winter storm produced high winds and heavy snow in the Southern Rockies and the Southern High Plains. Snowfall totals in New Mexico ranged up to 25 inches at Cedar Crest, with up to three feet of snow reported in the higher elevations. Winds of 75 mph, with gusts to 124 mph, were reported northeast of Albuquerque NM. El Paso TX was buried under 22.4 inches of snow, including a single storm record of 16.8 inches in 24 hours. The snowfall total surpassed their previous record for an entire winter season of 18.4 inches. Record cold was experienced the next three nights as readings dipped into the single numbers. High winds ushering unseasonably cold air into the southwestern U.S. gusted to 100 mph at Grapevine CA.
...1988... Low pressure off the Atlantic coast produced up to a foot of snow in eastern Nassau County and western Suffolk County of southeastern New York State. Mild weather prevailed across the western half of the country. Nine cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including Goodland KS with a reading of 74 degrees.
...1989... Strong northwesterly winds, ushering bitterly cold arctic air into the central U.S., produced squalls with heavy snow in the Great Lakes Region. Snowfall totals in Upper Michigan ranged up to 24 inches at Manistique. Nine cities in Arkansas and Texas reported record low temperatures for the date, including Calico Rock AR with a reading of 4 degrees above zero.
...2002... A powerful Pacific storm system plowed into the western United States during the 13th-16th, producing high winds, heavy rains, significant mountain snowfall and causing 9 deaths (Associated Press). Rainfall amounts exceeding 10 inches occurred in parts of California, and wind gusts over 45 mph produced up to 1.9 million power outages during the period .
...2007... 5.4 inches of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 4.6 inches set back in 1904.