January 17 Weather History

...1817... A luminous snowstorm occurred in Vermont and New Hampshire. Saint Elmo's fire appeared as static discharges on roof peaks, fence posts, and the hats and fingers of people. Thunderstorms prevailed over central New England.

...1867... A severe wind and snowstorm paralyzed the Northeast with 12 inches of snow and hurricane force winds. The old colony railroad was snow bound for 10 days.

...1893... The mercury dipped to 17 degrees below zero at Millsboro DE to establish a state record.

...1909... 2.08 inches of rain & melted snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 1.47 inches set in 1899.

...1936... The temperature reached 98 degrees at Laredo, Texas for the hottest temperature on record for the U.S. for the month of January

...1956... 9.6 inches of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 4.3 that was set back in 1937.

...1972... A single storm unloaded 77.5 inches of snow at Summit MT to establish a state record.

...1982... The low temperature at Newport, Rhode Island dropped to 5 degrees below zero, breaking the record of 1 degree below zero set in 1957 and the wind chill dropped to 20 degrees below 0, breaking that record of 20 degrees below zero set in 1972.  . The "Cold Sunday" in the United States -- high pressure covered all of the country east of the Rockies, and was centered over Kentucky to Arkansas at 30.47 inches. The lowest in the nation that day was 52 degrees below zero near Tower, Minnesota with International Falls, Minnesota following closely at 45 below and Chicago, Illinois at 25 below. Buffalo, New York had a high for the day of 2 below and Princeton, New Jersey reached 2 above zero at 2 pm. New January records were set at Buffalo at 16 below zero, Milwaukee, Wisconsin at 26 below zero, Milwaukee, Wisconsin at 26 below (coldest in 111 years), and Washington, DC at 5 below (coldest since 1934). Montgomery, Alabama dropped to 2 below zero and Jackson, Mississippi fell to 5 below zero. Florida escaped the freeze. Strong Chinook winds caused severe damage in Boulder, Colorado. A wind gust to 118 mph was recorded on the roof of a building at the Environmental Research Laboratories, and a wind gust to 147 mph was measured on the roof of a building at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

...1987... A winter storm spread snow from the Southern Rockies into the Middle Mississippi Valley and southwestern sections of the Great Lakes Region, and freezing rain across Texas and Oklahoma. Snowfall totals ranged up to 16 inches at Tulia TX, with 12 inches at Wellington KS.

...1988... A Pacific storm battered the southern coast of California. Winds gusting to 65 mph uprooted trees in San Diego. Los Angeles reported an all-time record low barometric pressure reading of 29.25 inches.

...1989... Strong Chinook winds along the eastern slopes of the Rockies gusted to 90 mph near Rollinsville CO, and reached 94 mph near Big Timber MT. Heavy snow blanketed parts of the Upper Mississippi Valley, with eight inches reported in Douglas County WI.

...1990... Twenty cities across the southeastern half of the country reported record high temperatures for the date. Record highs included 61 degrees at Williamstown PA and 85 degrees at Brownsville TX. Evening thunderstorms produced large hail and damaging winds from eastern Texas to Mississippi.

...1994... Louisville, Kentucky was blitzed with 15.9 inches in 24 hours for not only its greatest 24 hour snowfall ever, but also its greatest snowstorm ever up to this time, as a massive overrunning pattern developed over the frigid arctic air that was entrenched across the eastern U.S. Lucasville, Ohio was buried under 30 inches and up to 23 inches was reported in Robertson County in Kentucky.

...1996... High winds behind a powerful low pressure system battered southern High Plains. Sustained winds hit 105 mph with gusts to 128 mph at Guadeloupe Pass, Texas. Winds gusts reached 89 mph at White Sands, New Mexico and 75 mph at El Paso, Texas. One person was killed and three were injured when the high winds collapsed a food mart roof in Anthony, Texas. El Paso recorded its lowest barometric pressure ever with 29.22 inches (989.5 millibars)

...2010... A series of strong Pacific storms impacted Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah from January 17th through 23rd, leaving behind several feet of snow across the higher terrain and breaking numerous lowest barometric pressure records across the region. Sunrise Mountain, Arizona received 77 inches of snow, while Mammoth Lakes, California received 90 inches.

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