...1869... A post Christmas storm in New York and Vermont produced record storm totals of 30 inches at Burlington VT, and 39 inches at Montpelier VT. A public emergency was declared in Vermont.
...1892... An Atlantic coast storm produced a record 18.6 inches of snow at Norfolk VA, including 17.7 inches in 24 hours. The storm also produced 9.5 inches of snow at Raleigh NC, and brought snow to northern Florida for the first time in 35 years. (26th- 28th)
...1944... Newport, Rhode Island recorded 5.7 inches of snow, breaking the previous record of 3.1 inches set in 1894.
...1947... A snow depth of 13 inches buried Newport, Rhode Island breaking the previous record of 7 inches in 1933.
...1982... The worst Louisiana rainstorm in more than 100 years came to an end. More than 18 inches fell at Vinton LA during the three day storm. Flooding was widespread, and property damage was estimated at 100 to 200 million dollars. President Reagan visited the state and declared ten parishes in northeastern Louisiana disaster areas.
...1987... A winter storm produced snow and high winds in Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska. Denver CO experienced its worst snowstorm since December 1983 as high winds gusting to 46 mph created near blizzard conditions, whipping the fifteen inch snow into drifts five feet high, and closing Stapleton Airport. Snowfall totals in the foothills southwest of Denver ranged up to 42 inches, at Intercanyon. Blizzard conditions raged across southeastern Wyoming through the day, stranding 300 holiday travelers in the tiny town of Chugwater. Heavier snowfall totals included 19 inches at La Grange WY, and 22 inches at Elsmere NE.
...1988... Severe thunderstorms developing along a cold front in the south central U.S. spawned a dozen tornadoes in Mississippi between early afternoon and sunrise the following day. A tornado at Harperville destroyed five chicken homes killing thousands of chickens. Strong thunderstorm winds gusted to 80 mph at Rolling Fork MS.
...1989... Half a dozen cities in the northeastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date, including Elkins WV with a reading of 13 degrees below zero. Watertown NY was the cold spot in the nation with a morning low of 37 degrees below zero.
...1990... The high barometer rose to 30.92 inches at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the previous record of 30.79 inches that was set in 1984.
...2000... Amarillo, Texas was buried under 20 inches of snow in a two day snowstorm.
...2001... Relentless lake effect snow squalls dumped 29.6 inches of snow on Buffalo, New York in 24 hours -- its third highest 24 hour snowfall on record. Since the 24th and ending at 7 pm EST this day, 55.1 inches of snow had fallen on the city, a record for a four day period.
...2004... A major storm system affected parts of the western United States during December 27-29, bringing a variety of weather conditions to the region. Heavy rainfall broke daily precipitation records at some locations in California. Very heavy snow fell across the Sierra Nevada Mountains, with some areas receiving several feet of accumulation. Winds with this weather system gusted over 65 mph at some coastal and mountain locations in California.
...2010... The record low barometer was set at Newport, Rhode Island with 28.71 inches, breaking the previous record of 28.74 set in 1969.
...2015... At Newport, Rhode Island the record breaking heat of December 2015 continued when the high temperature peaked at 59 degrees, breaking the previous record of 57 degrees set in 1973.