...1820... The earliest freeze-up of the Hudson River during the period from 1786 to 1965 occurred at Albany, new York.
...1880... Severe Santa Ana winds and sandstorms in southern California caused extensive damage.
...1904... A strong nor'easter storm affected Newport, Rhode Island on this day. A wind gust of 63 miles per hour from the NE was recorded, along with a very low barometer reading of 28.69 inches (both records for the date) and rainfall of 1.02 inches.
...1927... At Newport, Rhode Island a high barometer reading of 30.71 inches was recorded, a record for the date.
...1933... The first dust storm of the great dust bowl era of the 1930s occurred. The dust storm, which had spread from Montana to the Ohio Valley the day before, prevailed from Georgia to Maine resulting in a black rain over New York and a brown snow in Vermont. Parts of South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa reported zero visibility on the 12th. On the 13th, dust reduced the visibility to half a mile in Tennessee.
...1946... General Electric scientists produced snow in the Massachusetts Berkshires in the first modern day cloud seeding experiment.
...1953... Strong southeasterly winds associated with a Pacific cold front reached 70 mph at Sacramento CA to equal their all-time record. The previous record had been established in a similar weather pattern on December 12th of the previous year.
...1975... Newport, Rhode Island received its highest rainfall for the date when 3.42 inches or rain was recorded, breaking the record of 1.19 set back in 1940.
...1981... A powerful cyclone brought high winds to Washington State and Oregon. The cyclone, which formed about 1000 miles west of San Francisco, intensified rapidly as it approached the Oregon coast with the central pressure reaching 28.22 inches (956 millibars). A wind trace from the Whiskey Run Turbine Site, about 12 miles south of Coos Bay in Oregon, showed peak gusts to 97 mph fifty feet above ground level. The wind caused widespread damage in Washington and Oregon, with 12 deaths reported. As much as four feet of snow fell in the Sierra Nevada Range of northern California.
...1987... A storm moving off the Pacific Ocean produced rain and gale force winds along the northern and central Pacific coast, and heavy snow in the Cascade Mountains. Cold weather prevailed in the southeastern U.S. Five cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Asheville NC with a reading of 21 degrees. Newport, Rhode Island woke up to 7 inches of snow pack.
...1988... Low pressure brought rain and snow and gusty winds to the northeastern U.S. A thunderstorm drenched Agawam MA with 1.25 inches of rain in fifteen minutes. Winds gusted to 58 mph at Nantucket MA.
...1989... Thirty-two cities in the central and eastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date as readings warmed into the 70s as far north as Michigan and Pennsylvania. Afternoon highs in the 80s were reported from the Southern Plains to the southern Atlantic coast. Columbia SC reported a record high of 86 degrees, and the high of 71 degrees at Flint MI was their warmest of record for so late in the season.
...2009... The remnants of once was Hurricane Ida affected parts of southern New England. Newport, Rhode Island received .91 inches of rain and recorded a wind gust of 34 miles per hour.(13-14th). It was the the latest tropical system for any year.