December 28 Weather History

...1839... The third storm in two weeks hit the northeastern U.S. It brought two more feet of snow to Hartford CT and Worcester MA. Whole gales swept the coast causing many wrecks.

...1897... The temperature at Dayville, Oregon hit 81 degrees to establish a state record for December.

...1924... Iowa experienced it coldest December morning of record. Morning lows averaged 25 degrees below zero for the 104 weather stations across the state.

...1955... Anchorage AK was buried under 17.7 inches of snow in 24 hours, a record for that location. (28th-29th)

...1958... Albuquerque NM received 14.2 inches of snow to establish a 24 hour record. (28th-29th)

...1967... At Newport, Rhode Island 2.75 inches of rain and melted snow fell, breaking the record of 1.21 inches from 1926.

...1987... A winter storm produced heavy snow in the Upper Mississippi Valley and the Upper Great Lakes Region. Up to twenty inches of snow buried southern Minnesota, and 20 to 40 mph northwesterly winds produced snow drifts six feet high, and reduced visibilities to near zero at times in blowing snow. There were a thousand traffic accidents in Michigan during the storm, resulting in thirty-five injuries.

...1988... Strong winds behind a cold front claimed three lives in eastern Pennsylvania, and injured a dozen others in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Maryland. Winds gusted to 87 mph at Hammonton NJ and in the Washington D.C. area.

...1989... Squalls continued to bring snow to the Great Lakes Region, with heavy snow reported near Lake Superior and Lake Ontario. Syracuse NY received 8.5 inches of snow to push the total for the month past their previous December record of 57 inches.

...1990... 5.1 inches of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 3.2 inches set in 1967.

...2001... The greatest lake effect snowstorm to hit Buffalo, New York continued. Another 35.4 inches of snow fell in 24 hours, the city's second greatest 24 hour snowfall ever. Since the 24th, an incredible 82.3 inches of snowfall had fallen. This brought its December snowfall to 83.5 inches -- its snowiest month on record. At one point, 44 inches of snow was measured on the ground to set a new record for the location as well.

...2003... A severe snow storm hit northern California and southern Oregon. As much as 2 feet of snow fell along Interstate 5 closing a 150-mile stretch of the interstate, stranding hundreds of travelers. Winds from the storm caused power outages to more than 200,000 customers in California and Oregon. One man died of a heart attack after helping other drivers.

...2004... Los Angeles, California was drenched with 5.55 inches of rain on this day for its wettest December day on record.

...2005... An outbreak of severe thunderstorms across portions of the southeast United States on the 28th produced hail, high winds and a few tornadoes. The states of Georgia and Tennessee were the most affected.

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