January 25 Weather History

...1821... The Hudson River was frozen solid during the midst of the coldest winter in forty-one years. Thousands of persons crossed the ice from New York City to New Jersey, and refreshment taverns were set up in the middle of the river to warm pedestrians.

...1837... At 7 PM a display of the Northern Lights danced above Burlington VT. Its light was equal to the full moon. Snow and other objects reflecting the light were deeply tinged with a blood red hue. , yellow and white streamers were also noted.

...1940... The biggest snowstorm on record for Richmond, Virginia came to an end. 21.6 inches of snow fell over a 3 day period.

...1945... The temperature at Newport, Rhode Island fell to 2 degrees below zero, breaking the record of 0 degrees set in 1935.

...1956... Kilauea on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai recorded 38 inches of rain in 24 hours -- a state record

...1965... Alta UT was in the midst of a storm that left the town buried under 105 inches of snow establishing a record for the state.

...1979... At Newport, Rhode Island, 2.65 inches of rain fell, breaking the record of 1.47 inches that was set back in 1915; the barometer dipped to 28.63 inches of mercury, breaking the record of 28.90 inches that was set back in 1920.

...1986... The barometric pressure peaked at 30.81 inches at Newport, Rhode Island, breaking the record of 30.74 inches that was set in 1906.

...1987... The second major storm in three days hit the Eastern Seaboard producing up to 15 inches of snow in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Up to 30 inches of snow covered the ground in Virginia following the two storms.

...1988... High winds created blizzard conditions in the mountains of Colorado. Winds gusted to 109 mph at Echo Lake, and a wind gust to 193 mph was reported atop Mount Evans. A "nor'easter" moving up the Atlantic Coast spread heavy snow from the Carolinas to New England, with as much as 16 inches reported in the Poconos of eastern Pennsylvania.

...1989... Bitter cold air, coming down from Alaska, settled over the Northern Rockies. Wilson WY reported a morning low of 48 degrees below zero. Thunderstorms produced severe weather in the south central U.S. One thunderstorm in north central Texas spawned a tornado which injured three persons at Troy. 

...1990... Low pressure developed explosively over east central Missouri and moved into Lower Michigan producing high winds and heavy snow across parts of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. Wind gusts to 60 mph and up to a foot of snow created near blizzard conditions in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Wind gusts in Indiana reached 76 mph at Wabash. Thunderstorms associated with the storm produced wind gusts to 54 mph at Fort Madison IA.

...1999... Bakersfield, California recorded 3.0 inches of snow on this day for its greatest snowfall ever.

...2000... Heavy snow fell from the Carolinas to New England, with up to 20 inches of snow and five deaths reported.

...2005... The snow depth at Newport, Rhode Island was 25 inches on this day, breaking the record of 15 inches set in 1920.

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