January 12 Weather History

...1888... A sharp cold front swept southward from the Dakotas to Texas in just 24 hours spawning a severe blizzard over the Great Plains. More than 200 pioneers perished in the storm. Subzero temperatures and mountainous snow drifts killed tens of thousands of cattle.

...1912... The morning low of 47 degrees below zero at Washta IA established a state record.

...1981... The state record low temperature was set in Massachusetts with Chester recording 35 degrees below zero.

...1982... At Newport, Rhode Island the low temperature fell to 4 degrees below 0, which broke the record of 3 degrees below zero set the year before and the wind chill was 29 degrees below 0, breaking the record of 21 degrees below set the year before.  Freezing temperatures penetrated into south Florida. Vegetables were killed at Homestead, where the temperature fell to 29 degrees, and citrus was damaged at Orlando, where the mercury fell to 23 degrees. A low pressure area on the Gulf spread snow and freezing rain over the central and gulf states. Amounts were generally 5 inches from northern Louisiana into northern Florida. Atlanta, Georgia was paralyzed by snow and freezing rain.

...1984... The barometer peaked at 30.86 inches at Newport, setting the record high for the date; the previous record was 30.68 set in 1950.

...1985... A record snowstorm struck portions of western and south central Texas. The palm trees of San Antonio were blanketed with up to thirteen and a half inches of snow, more snow than was ever previously received in an entire winter season.

...1987... Twenty-seven cities in the Upper Midwest reported new record high temperatures for the date. Afternoon highs of 72 degrees at Valentine NE and 76 degrees at Rapid City SD set records for the month of January.

...1988... Parts of North Dakota finally got their first snow of the winter season, and it came with a fury as a blizzard raged across the north central U.S. Snowfall totals ranged up to 14 inches at Fargo ND, winds gusted to 65 mph at Windom MN, and wind chill readings in North Dakota reached 60 degrees below zero.

...1989... A dozen cities in the southeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date as readings warmed into the 70s and 80s. Fort Myers FL reported a record high of 86 degrees.

...1990... Gale force winds produce squalls with heavy snow in the Great Lakes Region. Totals in northwest Pennsylvania ranged up to eleven inches at Conneautville and Meadville. Barnes Corners, in western New York State, was buried under 27 inches of snow in two days.

...1996... The fourth and final in a series of snowstorms to strike the East Coast in only ten days dumped 36 inches of snow at Oakland, Pennsylvania, 26 inches at Franklin, New York, and 25 inches at Montrose, Pennsylvania. Another 4 to 6 inches fell in the Washington, DC-Baltimore, Maryland area. The 10.8 inches at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania raised its monthly snowfall to 38.8 inches -- the city's snowiest month ever. After this snowfall, many places had over 40 inches of snow on the ground, including Grafton, New Hampshire (50 inches), Danville, Pennsylvania (49 inches), Jaffery, New Hampshire (46 inches), and West Granville, Massachusetts (43 inches). Oddly enough, this deep snow cover would be completely eradicated in most areas over the next two weeks from warm temperatures and heavy rains, setting the stage for major flooding. At Newport, Rhode Island the snow depth reached 21 inches, breaking the record of 20 inches set back in 1904.

...1997... A four day Lake Ontario snow squall siege was in full swing over the Tug Hill Plateau region of New York. Montague was buried under 77 inches of snow in 24 hours. The hamlet ended up with 95 inches for the event -- one of New York's greatest single storm total snowfalls on record. Both North Osceola and Redfield had 90 inches of snow for this same event

...2011... 8.2 inches of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 4.2 inches set back in 1912.

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