HISTORICAL WEATHER EVENTS - 23 January
From the files of the Aviation Weather Center, Kansas City, MO
- ...1780...This date was the coldest day of the coldest
month of record in the northeastern U.S. A British Army thermometer in
New York City registered a reading of 16 degrees below zero. During
that infamous hard winter, the harbor was frozen solid for five weeks,
and the port was cut off from sea supply. (David Ludlum)
- ...1916...Browning, MT, saw the temperature plummet 100 Fahrenheit degrees in 24 hours on 23-24 January, from a relatively mild 44 degrees to a bone-chilling 56 degrees below zero. (National Weather Service files)
Camp, at an elevation of 2760 feet in the San Gabriel Mountains of
southern California, received 26.12 inches of precipitation in a
24-hour span that ended on the 23rd, setting the Golden State's 24-hour precipitation record. (Accord's Weather Calendar)
- ...1955...The biggest snowfall in 55 years was reported at Mobile, AL when 3.5 inches of snow fell. (Intellicast)
large F4 tornado ripped through Jefferson, Copiah, Simpson, Rankin,
Smith, and Scott counties of Mississippi. The tornado tracked a total
of 95 miles. Thirty-two people were killed and 241 were injured.
- ...1971...The temperature at Prospect Creek
Camp, AK plunged to 79.8 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, the lowest reading of
record for the United States. (David Ludlum)
blizzard struck the upper Midwest. Winds gusting up to 60 mph created
snowdrifts 15 to 20 feet. 18.5 inches was recorded at Minneapolis St.
Paul, MN and 18 inches piled up at Sioux City, IA. (Intellicast)
winds ushered bitterly cold air into the north central U.S., and
produced snow squalls in the Great Lakes Region. Snowfall totals in
northwest Lower Michigan ranged up to 17 inches in Leelanau County.
Wind chill temperatures reached 70 degrees below zero at Sault Ste
Marie, MI and Hibbing, MN. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
Colorado experienced its most severe windstorm in years. A wind gust to
92 mph was recorded at Boulder, CO before the anemometer blew away, and
in the mountains, a wind gust to 120 mph was reported at Mines Peak.
The high winds blew down a partially constructed viaduct east of
Boulder, as nine unanchored concrete girders, each weighing forty-five
tons, were blown off their supports. (National Weather Summary) (Storm
- ...1989...Low pressure brought heavy snow to
Wyoming, with 18 inches reported at the Shoshone National Forest, and
17 inches in the Yellowstone Park area. Gunnison, CO, with a low of 19
degrees below zero, was the cold spot in the nation for the twelfth day
in a row. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
Pacific cold front brought strong and gusty winds to the northwestern
U.S. Winds in southeastern Idaho gusted to 62 mph at Burley. Strong
winds also prevailed along the eastern slopes of the northern and
central Rockies. Winds in Wyoming gusted to 74 mph in Goshen County.
(National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
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