HISTORICAL WEATHER EVENTS - 27 January
From the files of the Aviation Weather Center, Kansas
City, MO and Intellicast
- ...1772...The "Washington and Jefferson Snowstorm"
occurred. George Washington reported three feet of snow at Mount
Vernon, and Thomas Jefferson recorded about three feet at Monticello.
(Sandra and TI Richard Sanders - 1987)
- ...1805...Southeastern New York and New England were in the
middle of a 3-day snowstorm. Snow fell continuously for 48 hours in New
York City where two feet reportedly accumulated. (Intellicast)
- ...1922...On this date through the 29th, a great snowstorm struck the East Coast from South Carolina to southeastern, Massachusetts. Washington, DC reported 28 inches of snow. The heavy snow on the Knickerbocker Theater's flat roof put a significant strain on the structure. On the evening of the 28th, during a showing of the silent comedy "Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford," the building collapsed, killing 98 people and injuring 130 others. (National Weather Service files)
- ...1940...Florida had a 3-day long freeze with the lowest
temperatures ever in January. Mason, FL dropped to 8 degrees. Eleven
million boxes of citrus were damaged, resulting in a 10 million-dollar
loss. Further north, Georgia's record low temperature of 17 degrees
below zero was set near Calhoun. (Intellicast)
- ...1966...Oswego, NY was in the midst of a five-day lake
effect storm that left the town buried under 102 inches of snow. (David
- ...1967...Residents of Chicago, IL began to dig out from
its greatest snowstorm that produced 23 inches of snow in 29 hours.
The snow paralyzed the city and suburbs for days, and business losses
were enormous. (David Ludlum)
- ...1989...The last half of January was bitterly cold over
most of Alaska. Nearly thirty stations established all-time record low
temperatures. On this date, Tanana reported a low of 76 degrees below
zero. Daily highs of 66 degrees below zero were reported at Chandalar
Lake on the 22nd and at Ambler on the 26th.
(The Weather Channel)
- ...1987...A powerful storm moving into the western U.S.
produced 13 inches of snow at Daggett Pass, NV, and 16 inches in the
Cascade Mountains of Oregon. Winds gusted to 63 mph at Reno, NV, and
wind gusts in Oregon exceeded 80 mph. (National Weather Summary) (Storm
- ...1988...The nation got a breather from winter storms,
however, cold arctic air settled into the southeastern U.S. Hollywood,
FL reported a record low reading of 39 degrees. (National Weather
- ...1989...Low pressure in north central Alaska continued to
direct air across northern Siberia and the edges of the Arctic Circle
into the state. The temperature at Fairbanks remained lower than 40
degrees below zero for the eighth day in a row. Lows of 68 below at
Galena, 74 below at McGrath, and 76 below at Tanana, were new records
for the date. Wind chill readings were lower than 100 degrees below
zero. (National Weather Summary)
- ...1990...Another in a series of cold fronts brought high
winds to the northwestern U.S., and more heavy snow to some of the
higher elevations. The 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. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
- ...1994...A frigid arctic air was in place over New England
and New York as a massive 1052-millibar (31.06 inches of mercury) high
pressure provided ideal radiational cooling. Crown Point, NY dipped to
48 degrees below zero and Shoreham, VT shivered with 46 degrees below
zero, Burlington, VT broke its old record daily low by 9 degrees with a
reading of 29 degrees below zero and Caribou, ME set a record low for
the third day in a row with a temperature of 23 degrees below zero.
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