December 18 Weather History

...1628... The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts in a severe windstorm.

...1779... The first big snowstorm of the "hard winter" dumped 17 inches on New Haven, Connecticut.

...1904... Newport, Rhode Island recorded 6.6 inches of snow, breaking the record of 1 inch set in 1901.

...1919... The temperature fell to 3 degrees below zero at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 13 degrees set in 1903; In New York city it got to 1 degree below zero at Central Park.  This is the earliest reading of zero or less for this location.

...1957... A tornado swept across Jackson County, Williamson County and Franklin County in southern Illinois killing eleven persons.

...1981... A heavy lake-effect snow blanketed the southern and southeast shores of Lake Michigan leaving up to 22 inches of snow at Valparaiso IND.

...1983... Record cold hit the north central states. At Havre MT the mercury plunged to a record reading of 34 degrees below zero.

...1984... The high temperature at Newport, Rhode Island got to 60 degrees, breaking the record of 57 degrees set in 1915  A storm over southern California left up to 16 inches of snow in the mountains and upper deserts, with 13 inches reported at Lancaster. Edwards Air Force Base was closed, and Interstate 5 was closed from Castaic to the Tehachapi's Mountains. (18th-19th)

...1986... A strong winter storm, which developed off the coast of New Jersey and moved out to sea, lashed the northeastern U.S. with high winds, heavy rain, and heavy snow. The storm left snowfall amounts of up to 30 inches in Vermont, 24 inches in Massachusetts, and 20 inches in New Hampshire. The highest rainfall amounts approached four inches in southern New England, where winds gusted to 70 mph.

...1987... A weakening storm moved into the Rocky Mountain Region producing six inches of snow at the Platoro Reservoir in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. The storm then spread rain and drizzle across the Southern High Plains into the Middle Mississippi Valley, with thunderstorms over Texas.

...1988... Warm weather prevailed in the central U.S. while cool weather prevailed across the eastern states. Sheridan WY, with a record warm afternoon high of 68 degrees, was seven degrees warmer than Key West FL.

...1989... A winter storm moving out of the Great Plains Region spread freezing rain, sleet and snow across parts of the southeastern U.S. Freezing rain resulted in 170 auto accidents in the Memphis area during the evening hours. Unseasonably warm weather continued ahead of arctic cold front. Miami FL equaled their record for December with an afternoon high of 87 degrees.

...2009... A monster snow storm affected the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the U.S. on December 18th through December 20th. The storm originated in the Gulf of Mexico and moved northward along the Eastern Seaboard, leaving behind heavy snow accumulations from North Carolina to Massachusetts. Impacts from this storm included the closing of major airports, interstate highways, and rail systems. Over 1,200 flights were cancelled at the three major airports in the New York City area, and hundreds of thousands of people lost power due to the storm. Seven people were reported killed across the Mid-Atlantic (source: Reuters). Over two feet of snow accumulation was reported in portions of North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York. At one point, the storm was over 500 miles in width, and affected 14 states and tens of millions of Americans .

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