January 21 Weather History

...1854... The coldest day of the famous California cold winter was recorded, when the temperature fell to 19 degrees at Sacramento.

...1863... A severe coastal storm dropped heavy rain on the Fredericksburg area of Virginia. It disrupted a Union Army offensive in an ill famed "mud march". ...1949... The high barmeter record was set on this day in Newport, Rhode Island when the barometer peaked at 30.92 inches.

...1979... 2.05 inches of rain/melted snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 1.36 inches set back in 1903. The barometer fell to 28.70 inches, which tied the record from 1964.

...1982... The second of two major snowstorms to hit southern Minnesota came to an end. Minneapolis received 20 inches of snow in 24 hours to break the previous record of 17 inches in 24 hours established just a few days earlier. A record 38 inches of snow covered the ground following the two storms, with drifts ten feet high.

...1983... Record snow fell in western Texas. 16.8 inches fell at Lubbock and this broke the old record of 14.8 inches for snowfall in a single storm. Dalhart measured 15 inches and Plainview was buried under 18 inches.

...1985... Three days of snow squalls at Buffalo NY finally came to an end. The squalls, induced by relatively warm water in Lake Erie, produced 34 inches of snow at the International Airport, with up to 47 inches reported in the suburbs of Buffalo. The New York "blizzard of 85" left many counties disaster areas. (19th-21st)  President Reagan was sworn in for a second term in the coldest Inauguration Ceremony of record. Cold and wind resulted in wind chill readings as much as 30 degrees below zero.

...1987... Low pressure over Minnesota produced high winds in the Northern Plains Region. Winds gusted to 66 mph at Rapid City SD, and reached 70 mph at Belle Fourche SD.

...1988... High pressure over northern Nevada and low pressure off the coast of southern California combined to produce high winds in the southwestern U.S. Wind gusts in the San Francisco area reached 70 mph at Fremont.

...1989... Cold and snow prevailed in the northeastern U.S. Up to 13 inches of snow was reported between Woodford and Searsburg in Vermont. Montpelier VT reported a wind chill reading of 42 degrees below zero.

...1990... Unseasonably warm weather prevailed across the state of Florida. Eight cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including West Palm Beach with a reading of 86 degrees. Rain in southern New England changed to freezing rain, then to sleet, and then to heavy snow during the late morning. Most of Massachusetts was blanketed with 6 to 10 inches of snow.

...1993... Another strong low pressure system moved inland on the West Coast of the U.S. Along the Sierra Crest near Lake Tahoe, California, winds were measured sustained at 122 mph with a peak gust to 176 mph. Wind gusts reached 80 mph in the Reno, Nevada area. Thunderstorms with frequent lightning were reported at Blue Canyon, California and the Sierra Ski Ranch was buried under 21 inches of new snow in 24 hours to raise its snow cover to 163 inches.

...1994... Record cold continued across the northeastern U.S. All-time record lows were established at the following locations in Pennsylvania: Allentown (15 below), Harrisburg (22 below), Wilkes-Barre Scranton (21 below), and Williamsport (20 below). Grafton, New Hampshire and Livermore Falls, Maine both reported morning lows of 40 degrees below zero. Worcester, Massachusetts had its seventh day in a row with a morning low below zero to set a new record for consecutive days below zero

...2012... 8.6 inches of snow fell at the Newport, Rhode Island breaking the previous record of 5.4 inches set in 2001.

...2017... At Newport, Rhode Island the low wind gust record for the day was set when the high gust for the day only got to 11 miles per hour, breaking the previous record of 12 miles per hour set in 1972 and 1953.

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