January 28 Weather History

...1772... The "Washington and Jefferson" snowstorm occurred across the Mid Atlantic states. George Washington in Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson in Monticello were marooned by the storm. Snowfall was estimated at 3 feet on a level across Virginia and Maryland. Washington wrote "....the deepest snow which I suppose the oldest living thing remembers to have seen in this country".

...1897... 13.7 inches of snow fell at Newport, Rhode Island, setting the record for the date.

...1922... The "Knickerbocker" storm immobilized the city of Washington D.C. The storm produced 28 inches of snow in 32 hours, and the heavy snow caused the roof of the Knickerbocker movie theatre to collapse killing 96 persons.

...1925... The temperature at Pittsburg, New Hampshire fell to 46 degrees below zero, establishing a new record low temperature for the state.

...1935... At Newport, Rhode Island the morning low temperature was broken at 1 degree below zero, the previous record was 3 degrees in 1924.

...1963... The low of -34 degrees at Cynthiana KY equaled the state record established just four days earlier at Bonnieville.

...1987... A storm moving out of the Central Rockies into the Northern Plains Region produced up to a foot of snow in the Colorado Rockies, and wind gusts to 99 mph at Boulder CO. High winds in Colorado caused 5.6 million dollars damage.

...1988... Barometric pressure readings of 30.55 inches at Miami FL, 30.66 inches at Tampa FL, and 30.72 inches at Apalachicola FL were all-time record high readings for those locations.

...1989... Nome AK reported an all-time record low reading of 54 degrees below zero, and the temperature at Fairwell AK dipped to 69 degrees below zero. Deadhorse AK reported a morning low of 49 degrees below zero, and with a wind chill reading of 114 degrees below zero. In the Lower Forty-eight States, a winter storm over Colorado produced up to 15 inches of snow around Denver.

...1990... Strong and gusty winds prevailed across the northwestern U.S., and heavy snow continued over the mountains of Washington State and Oregon. In Idaho, Mullan received seven inches of snow, and winds gusted to 65 mph southeast of Burley. Heavy rain soaked coastal sections of western Oregon. Rainfall totals of 1.20 inches at Portland and 1.57 inches at Eugene were records for the date. Winds in Oregon gusting to 60 mph downed power lines in Umatilla County knocking out power to more than 13,000 homes, just prior to the kick-off of the "Super Bowl" game.  A series of vigorous cold fronts crossing the area between the 23rd and the 27th of the month produced up to 60 inches of snow in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State.

...1998... A major coastal storm over the Mid Atlantic was in its second day. Ghent, West Virginia was buried under 42 inches of snow. Flat Top, West Virginia had 35 inches in 24 hours -- a new state record. 24 hour snowfall records were set at Beckley, West Virginia (31 inches) and Bluefield, West Virginia (21.9 inches). Severe beach erosion occurred along the coast. The highest storm tides since the Ash Wednesday storm in March 1962 were experienced along the coasts of Virginia and Delaware. Wind gusts reach 83 mph at Cape Henry, Virginia, and 78 mph at Wallops Island, Virginia.

...2005... The snow depth at Newport, Rhode Island was 27 inches, breaking the record of 19 inches set back in 1894.

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