December 22 Weather History

...1839... The second of triple December storms hit the northeastern U.S. The storm produced 25 inches of snow at Gettysburg PA, and gales in New England, but only produced light snow along the coast.

...1961... Holiday travel was paralyzed over extreme northeastern Kansas, and adjacent parts of Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. The storm produced 5 to 15 inches of snow, with drifts up to ten feet high. (22nd-23rd)

...1983... On the first day of winter 75 cities reported record low temperatures for the date, with twelve of those cities reporting record low temperatures for the month as a whole. The mercury plunged to 51 degrees below zero at Wisdom MT, and Waco TX set an all-time record low a reading of 12 above zero.

...1987... The first day of winter was a relatively tranquil one for much of the nation, but heralded a winter storm in the Central Rockies. The storm produced 40 inches of snow at the top of the Pomerelle Ski Resort, south of Burley ID, the heaviest snow of record for that location.

...1988... Strong winds prevailed in the foothills of Wyoming and Colorado. Winds gusted to 123 mph southwest of Fort Collins CO, and reached 141 mph at the summit of Mount Evans. An ice storm paralyzed parts of Upper Michigan during the day. The freezing rain left roads around Marquette MI blocked by cars and semi- trucks.

...1989... A total of 137 cities across the central and eastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. Thirty-five of those cities established record lows for the month of December. Morning lows of 23 degrees below zero at Kansas City MO, 26 degrees below zero at Concordia KS, and 27 degrees below zero at Goodland KS established all-time records for those three locations. Unofficial morning lows included 50 degrees below zero at Recluse WY and 60 degrees below zero at Rochford SD. Broadus MT and Hardin MT tied for honors as the official cold spot in the nation with morning lows of 47 degrees below zero. Chinook winds at Cutbank MT helped warm the temperature 74 degrees, from a morning low of 34 degrees below zero to an afternoon high of 40 degrees.

...1993... Lake effect snow squalls buried Turin, New York under 45 inches of snow, with 5 inches falling in just 20 minutes. Boonville, New York recorded 31 inches over a two day period.

...1996... A major Pacific storm lashed the western U.S. over a three day period, producing tremendous snowfalls in the Sierra-Nevada Mountains. The Boreal Ski Area in Nevada was buried under 102 inches of new snow. 100 inches was recorded at the Alpine Ski Area in California, Truckee, California checked in with 72 inches, and 20 inches was measured at Reno, Nevada on the lee side of the mountains. The Kirkwood Ski Resort in California recorded 96 inches of snow in just 36 hours.

...2001... Washington, DC (National Airport) dropped to 29 degrees for a morning low for its first freezing temperature of the season. This set a new record for its latest first freezing temperature. The previous record was on December 14, 1980. This also was the first time the location had not recorded a freezing temperature during the autumn season.

...2004... Tremendous snows occurred in the Ohio Valley. The following cities set new records for their greatest snowstorm ever: Dayton, Ohio 16.4 inches, Evansville, Indiana 22.3 inches, and Paducah, Kentucky 14.2 inches. Other big snowfall totals were 31 inches at Liberty, Indiana, 28 inches at Buena Vista, Indiana, 24 inches at Greenville, Ohio, and 23 inches at Mansfield, Ohio.

...2009... Newport, Rhode Island recorded a snow depth of 19 inches, breaking the record of 11 inches set back in 1904.

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