January 6 Weather History

...1856... The deepest snow of Thoreau's "Long, Snowy Winter" occurred. the cover lasted until spring. 12 inches fell at Boston, Massachusetts and 18 inches fell at Providence, Rhode Island.

...1880... Seattle WA was in the midst of their worst snowstorm of record. Hundreds of barns were destroyed, and transportation was brought to a standstill, as the storm left the city buried under four feet of snow.

...1884... The temperature dipped to one degree below zero at Atlanta GA. It marked the final day of a severe arctic outbreak in the South and Midwest.

...1896... The low temperature got down to 4 degrees below zero at Newport, Rhode Island, setting the daily record low.

...1931... The low barometric pressure fell to 28.86 inches at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 29.19 inches set in 1929.

...1987... A storm moving across the western U.S. spread heavy snow into the Central Rockies. Casper WY received 14 inches of snow in 24 hours, a January record for that location. Big Piney WY reported 17 inches of snow.

...1988... It was a bad day for chickens. Heavy snow in Arkansas, with totals ranging up to 16 inches at Heber Springs, claimed the lives of 3.5 million chickens, and snow and ice up to three inches thick claimed the lives of another 1.75 million chickens in north central Texas. Up to 18 inches of snow blanketed Oklahoma, with Oklahoma City reporting a record 12 inches of snow in 24 hours.

...1989... A "bonafide blizzard" ripped through south central and southeastern Idaho. Strong winds, gusting to 60 mph at the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, whipped the snow into drifts five feet high, and produced wind chill readings as cold as 35 degrees below zero. The blizzard prompted an Idaho Falls air controller to remark that "the snow is blowing so hard you can't see the fog".

...1990... Rain and gale force winds prevailed along the Northern Pacific Coast. Winds at Astoria OR gusted to 65 mph. Unseasonably warm weather prevailed over Florida. Five cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including Miami with a reading of 86 degrees. The hot spot in the nation was West Palm Beach with a high of 87 degrees.

...1992... The Milwaukee, Wisconsin area endured its 11th consecutive day without sunshine. This broke the old record of 10 consecutive days set in 1985 from November 22nd to December 1st

...1994... Big snow blitzed the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. Alta was buried under 55.5 inches of snow in 24 hours, setting a new 24 hour snowfall record for the location. Over 70 inches fell from the 4th to the 6th.

...2002... National Airport in Washington, DC recorded its first trace of snow for this winter season -- the latest first snow on record for the location

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