January 15 Weather History

...1780... New York Harbor froze over completely during this famous hard winter. The harbor was sealed for 5 weeks. The heaviest of cannons were able to cross the ice. Between January 15th and February 24th a total of 1378 railroad cars were drawn by horses across the frozen Susquehanna River to engines waiting at Havre De Grace MD.

...1912... 8.5 inches of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 2.8 inches set in 1910.

...1932... The high temperature peaked at 61 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 52 degrees set in 1921.  Up to two inches of snow whitened the Los Angeles basin of California. The Los Angeles Civic Center reported an inch of snow, and even the beaches of Santa Monica were whitened with snow, in what proved to be a record snowstorm for Los Angeles.

...1952... A six day snowstorm was in progress in the western U.S. The storm produced 44 inches of snow at Marlette Lake NV, 52 inches at Sun Valley ID, and 149 inches at Tahoe CA, establishing single storm records for each of those three states. In addition, 24 hour snowfall totals of 22 inches at the University of Nevada, and 26 inches at Arco ID, established records for those two states. The streamliner, 'City of San Francisco' was snowbound in the Sierra Nevada Range, near Donner Summit.

...1957... The low temperature at Newport, Rhode Island fell to 9 degrees below 0, shattering the record of 4 degrees, set back in 1916.  Burlington, Vermont dipped to 30 degrees below zero -- the city's lowest temperature on record. 

...1987... A powerful storm over the Southern Plateau and the Southern Rockies produced 24 inches of snow at Colorado Springs CO, including 22 inches in 24 hours, a January record. High winds in the southwestern U.S. gusted to 65 mph in the Yosemite Valley of California.

...1988... A small storm over the Atlantic Ocean produced heavy snow along the coast of North Carolina. The five inch total at Wilmington NC was their third highest for any storm in January in 117 years of records.

...1989... A storm in the northwestern U.S. produced up to 14 inches of snow in the Cascade Mountain Range. Light snow in the north central U.S. was just enough to push the snowfall total for January at Fargo ND past their previous all-time monthly record of 30.7 inches.

...1990... While one Pacific storm crossed the Central Rockies, another approached the west coast. The northern mountains of Utah were buried under 17 to 35 inches of snow while the mountains of southern Utah received another 12 to 16 inches. Eighteen cities in the central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date as readings warmed into the 50s and 60s. Wichita KS reported a record high of 68 degrees.

...2004... The wind chill dipped to 34 degrees below zero, breaking the record of 30 degrees below zero set in 1957.

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