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1 December 2000, St. John's, Newfoundland: An early winter storm sweeps across eastern Newfoundland bringing nearly 56 cm (22 inches) of snow to St. John's. The snow and 90 km/h (56 mph) winds cut power to thousands.
1-2 December 1964, Maritime Provinces: Severe windstorm hits the Maritimes packing winds gusting to 160 km/h (100 mph). Three fishing vessels and 23 lives lost. Total damage due to high seas, wind and flooding estimated at over $1 million.
1-2 December 1962, Toronto, Ontario: Severe lakefront fog halts Grey Cup game between Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers with 9:22 left to play. Winnipeg wins the Fog Bowl the following day by a score of 28-27.
2 December 2007, Vancouver Island, British Columbia: More than 30,000 households are without power due to a heavy snowfall. Total accumulations along the eastern shoreline pile up to 52 centimetres (20.5 inches) in Campbell River, 44 centimetres (17.3 inches) in Comox and 32 centimetres (12.6 inches) in Shawnigan Lake.
3 December 1982, Southern Ontario: Record warm December day sees highs of 22.5°C (72.5°F) in Hamilton and 20°C (68°F) in Toronto.
3 December 2007, Pincher Creek, Alberta: Temperatures in Pincher Creek go on a fast rollercoaster ride this December day. At 2 PM, the temperature stood at -14°C (7°F), but in less than an hour, it had soared to the freezing mark 0°C (32°F). The "warmth" increased to 7°C (45°F) by 7:30 PM, then began a steep plunge to -13°C (9°F) less than 20 minutes later.
4 December 1989, St. John's, Newfoundland: Widespread flooding of St John's results when a near-record rainfall of 51 mm (2.0 inches) hits the city.
5 December 1992, Sydney, Nova Scotia: A major storm drops 26 cm (10 inches) of snow on Sydney, as winds, gusting to 117 km/h (73 mph) on St Paul Island, knock out power.
5 December 2009, Alberta: Albertans are digging out from a severe winter storm that dumps as much as 30 centimetres (12 inches) of snow on some parts of the province. Blizzard-like conditions create havoc on streets in Calgary and Edmonton
6 December 1862, British Columbia and Newfoundland:Severe winds strike both ends of the nation. In Victoria, British Columbia, winds tear down a nine-story scaffolding leaving a mess of broken metal rods, wood planks and tarpaulin. Meanwhile, in Newfounland, Bonavista winds reach 80 km/h (50 mph) and St John's Airport sees winds gust to 74 km/hr (46 mph).
6 December 2009, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia:Gale force winds blow down buildings in Yarmouth.
6-8 December 2003, Moncton, New Brunswick: A major Nor'easter snowstorm wallops regions of the Maritimes Moncton receives 61 cm (24 inches) of snow. Whipped by winds of up to 100 km/h (60 mph), the snow grounds planes and cuts power to thousands.
7 December 1983, Ottawa, Ontario: Snow accumulates to 30 cm (12 inches) as a blizzard strikes the Nation's Capital.
7-9 December 2010, Southern Ontario : The traditional snow belts of Southern Ontario suffer through a major multi-day snow squall event. Brisk northwest winds blowing off Lake Huron and Georgian Bay have produced impressive snowfall accumulations. Lucan has reported a staggering 177 cm (69.7 inches) of snowfall and Beeton, 105 cm (41.3 inches).
8 December 2010, Victoria, British Columbia: Heavy rain drench the British Columbia capital region with 29 and 34 millmetres (1.14-1.34 inches) of rain flooding streets and basements in low-lying areas. The rain is accompanied by winds of up to 50 km/h (30 mph).
8 December 2011, Southeastern Labrador: A very intense low pressure system crosses Southeastern Labrador bringing snow, freezing rain, and rain and high winds that gusted to 100 km/h (62 mph) in the Gander region.
7-8 December 2006, London, Ontario: London requires its first "snow day" in 25 years as over 40 cm (15.7 inches) of snow blanket the city in under 24 hours in a classic lake-effect snowburst. Unofficial observations report more than 65 cm (25.6 inches) in some areas of the city.
7-9 December 1977, London, Ontario: Snow, mostly lake-effect, born on frigid 100 km/h (62 mph) winds dumps 101cm (39.8 inches) of snow on the Forest City.
9 December 1906, Lethbridge, Alberta: Brutal start to winter in southern Alberta sees temperature drop in Lethbridge to -32°C (-25.6°F)
8-9 December 1913, Prince Rupert, British Columbia: Canada's rainiest city lives up to its reputation as heavy rains totally more than 100 mm (4 inches) cause mudslide and train derailments in the area.
10 December 1975, Halifax, Nova Scotia: A December deluge swamps Halifax with 98.8 mm (3.89 inches) of rain, the wettest December day to date.
11 December 1944, Toronto, Ontario: A major winter storm dumps 48 cm (18.9 inches) of snow on downtown Toronto, and gale-force winds pile it into huge drifts. A total of 57.2 cm (22.5 inches) falls over two days.
12 December 1946, Exeter, Ontario: The lastest tornado ever experienced in Ontario touchs down in the southwestern communities of Exeter.
13 December 1944, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories: Warmest December day on record when the daily high soars to 2.8 °C (37°F).
13-15 December 2010, New Brunswick: Intense winds damages buildings and knocks out power to thousands in the Maritimes, while heavy rain trigger localized flooding. In St. Stephen, New Brunswick, nearly 180 mm (7.09 inches) of rain has fallen, triggering localized flooding. Impressive rainfall in Fredericton NB, totalled more than 105 mm (4.13 inches).
14 December 2001, Southwestern British Columbia: A fierce wind storm blacks out 175,000 BC Hydro customers — the worst power failure in years. Winds observed at Vancouver International Airport reach 81 km/h (50 mph) and peak at 143 km/h (89 mph) on the northern tip of Vancouver Island.
14-15 December 2005, Montreal, Quebec: During morning rush hour, Montreal drivers see snow fall at the phenomenal rate of 8 cm (3.1 inches) an hour. Over a mere 11 hours, the city looks over a record-breaking 41 cm (16.1 inches) of snow.
15 December 1964, Southern Prairies: The "Great Blizzard" lashes the southern Prairie Provinces with heavy snow, 90 km/h (55 mph) winds and -34°C (-29°F) temperatures. Three people freeze to death and thousands of animals perish.
15 December 2006, Montreal, Quebec: An unusual thunder and lightning storm passes over Montreal as temperatures rise to a balmy and record 11.8°C (53°F).
15 December 2010, Laborador and Quebec: An extraordinarily strong high pressure with central barometric readings of 1068 mb (31.54 inches) is producing powerful and unseasonably mild easterly winds off the Atlantic into Labrador and Quebec, Canada. Temperatures there and in southern Greenland peak near 4.4 °C (40°F). Temperature reports from a ship on the North Atlantic within the high pressure's strong circulation show an air temperature of 15.6°C (60°F).
16 December 1933, Coastal British Columbia: A violent Pacific storm blows gale-force winds across the British Columbia coast. Accompanied by rain and snow, the storm knocks out electrical and telephone service to much of the region. In Vancouver, the storm tears down the trolley lines, temporarily disrupting service.
16-17 December 2010, Coral Harbour, Nunavut: Record warmth covers large portions of the eastern Canadian Arctic such as Kugaaruk Airport, Resolute Airport, Rowley Island and Shepherd Bay Island. New maximum temperature records are established at Coral Harbour, Nunavut, Canada with a reading of -1°C (30.2°F) and 3.3°C (38°F), respectively.
17 December 1924, Calgary, Alberta: Calgary's coldest December temperature -42.8°C (-45°F).
18 December 1997, Calgary, Alberta: Thundersnow storm hits city. By noon, 15 cm (6 inches) of snow had falling. Start of storm brings traffic chaos to morning rush hour with over 200 accidents.
18 December 2000, St. Lawrence River and the Saguenay and Lac St. Jean regions, Quebec: Hurricane-force winds from an intense winter storm rips off roofs and siding and knocks out power to more than 180,000 homes.
19 December 1983, Coronation, Alberta: Coldest day in 99 years as thermometer falls to minus 41°C (minus 42°F).
19 December 2006, Vancouver, British Columbia: Vancouver's famous Stanley Park loses more than 1,000 trees, after a series of storms battered the West Coast with near-hurricane force winds. One fallen hemlock tree is estimated to be more than 200 years old.
21 December 1977, Southeastern Newfoundland: Huge waves driven by hurricane-force winds surge across Flat Rock, Pouch Cove and Quidi Vidi Village, destroying shanties and wharves.
21-29 December 1996, Victoria, British Columbia: Two major snowstorms dumps 124 cm (49 inches) on the city during the last week of 1996. However, Christmas Day is green. The 24-hour fall on the 29th of 64.5 cm (25 inches) completely shuts down the city for several days.
22 December 2005, Saanich, British Columbia: A freak winter lightning strike splinters a tree and knocks out power to 1800 customers in Greater Victoria. The resulting boom of thunder disrupts my afternoon nap, I thought something had exploded.
22 December 2008, The Maritimes: Hurricane-strength winds from a major winter storm lashing the Maritimes leaves about 30,000 homes and businesses without electricity in Nova Scotia, as well as some 8,000 power customers in New Brunswick and hundreds of others in PEI without power. The winter storm generates a 163 m/h (100 mph) wind gust in Cape Breton Island and storm surges along Newfoundland's south coast.
23 December 1884, Regina, Saskatchewan: Overnight temperatures plummets to down to minus 48.3°C (minus 55°F), the coldest December night on record.
23 December 2005, Saanich, British Columbia: Late afternoon lighting strikes knocks out power to 1800 customers in Saanich, just north of Victoria. The bolts knocked out traffic signals at a dozen major intersections during the afternoon rush hour. One bolt shorted out the transformer at the WalMart store, causing an evacuation.
23 December 2009, New Brunswick: While rain falls in northern New Brunswick, residents in the south are assurred of a White Christmas as St Léonard receives 21 cm (8.3 inches); Fredricton, 24 cm (9.4 inches); and Saint John 10 cm (4 inches) at the airport and 15 cm (6inches) near the city.
24 December 1879, Winnipeg, Manitoba: Frigid Christmas Eve, temperature falls to minus 47.8°C (minus 54°F)
24 December 1986, Ottawa Valley, Ontario and SW Quebec: Severe ice storm hits the region on Christmas Eve, forcing many residents to barbecue their holiday turkey as power is lost for 25 percent of the residents. 30 mm (1.18 inches) of freezing rain accumulates over nearly 14 hours of precipitation.
24 December 2011, Saskatchewan: Areas of Saskatchewan experience the warmest Christmas Eve on record. Records fall in Regina, Saskatoon and Kindersley, with Saskatoon one of the warmest spots in the Prairies, reaching a high of 7°C (44.6°F)
24-25 December 2010, Mount Washington Alpine Resort, Vancouver Island, British Columbia: Mount Washington Alpine Resort staff are digging after a record snowfall, which began in earnest on Christmas Eve, leaving more than 3 meters, (10 feet) of fresh snow on the Vancouver Island site. Many cars are buried and have to be located before they are dug out. After the storm, the resort's snow depth measures 520 cm (205 inches), the deepest snowpack of any ski resort in the world at the time.
25 December 1973, Vancouver, British Columbia: Dreaming of a very wet Christmas? Vancouver receives 89.4 mm (3.51 inches) of rain.
25 December 1997, Edmonton, Alberta: Christmas Day temperature rises to 6.8°C (44°F) at noon, leaving area residents with the first brown Christmas in 100 years.
25 December 2003, Greenwood, Nova Scotia: No white Christmas in Nova Scotia as temperatures across the province rise to double digits. Greenwood leads the pack of daily record highs with a reading of 14.9°C (59°F).
26 December 1938, Edmonton, Alberta: The morning temperature drops to -48.3°C (-55°F) for Edmonton's record low temperature.
27 December 2004, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island: A major nor'easter buries the Charlottetown area with as much as 54 cm (21.3 inches) of snow. The misery is compounded by winds gusting to 118 km/h (74 mph) causing white-out conditions and road closures.
27 December 1948, Resolute, Nunavut: Resolute's coldest December day as the temperature plunges to -46.1°C (-50.1°F) .
28 December 2007, Newfoundland and Labrador A major post-Christmas snowstorm strikes Newfoundland closing businesses and government offices and delaying or cancelling flights in St. John's. Generally more than 15 centimetres (6 inches) of snow. falls on the Avalon Peninsula, the Bonavista Peninsula, Clarenville and Terra Nova. Among the deepest accumulations are 42.2 cm (16.6 inches) at Bonavista, 34.5 cm (13.6 inches) at Terra Nova, 32 cm (12.7 inches) at St. John's, and 22.6 cm (8.9 inches) at Gander.
28 December 2011, Southwest British Columbia: Numerous high temperature records fall with North Cowichan on Vancouver Island the nation's warmest spot at 13.5°C (56.3°F). Records are also broken in Hope, Squamish, Comox, Powell River and Vancouver .
28-30 December 1942, Eastern Ontario: Ice covers trees telephone wires, and railway tracks "as thick as a person's wrist." In Ottawa, 50,000 walk to work for five days.
29 December 1933, Ontario: Ontario's coldest day on record as fourteen sites record their coldest-ever temperature, including Ottawa at -38.9°C (-38°F) and Algonquin Park at -45.0°C (-49°F).
29 December 1991, Terrace, British Columbia: Terrace records is 58th consecutive day of precipitation. The streak began on 2 November.
30 December 1993, Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia: Year-end storm blankets the Halifax-Dartmouth area with 44 cm (17 inches) of snow. Blizzard conditions bring winds in excess of 100 km/h (62 mph).
31 December 1910, Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories: Year ends on a frigid note as temperature falls to minus 61.7°C (minus 79°F)
1 December 1896, Kipp, Montana: The air temperature soars 30 F degrees (16.7 C degrees) in just seven minutes, and 80 F degrees (44.4 C deg) in a few hours melting a 20-inch (50 cm) inch snow cover in half a day.
1 December 1987, Quillayute, Washington: The lowest air pressure recorded on land to date in the continental United States: 28.40 inches Hg (96.17 kPa).
1 December 2011, Seattle, Washington: Around midnight the barometric pressure peaked at Seattle-Tacoma Airport at 30.80 inches Hg (1043.4 mb/ hPa) --- only 1 mb short of the all-time high pressure record for Seattle.
1 December 2010, Southwestern States: Record cold strikes the US Southwest with readings in Nevada of -7°F (-21.7°C) at Spring Valley; -4°F (-20°C) at Ruth; and 2°F (-16.7°C) at Lund. The thermometer dipped to 15°F (-9.4°C) at Bowie Arizona, a new record low.
1-6 December 1913, Denver, Colorado: A six-day, front-range snowstorm dumps a record total of 45.7 inches (116 cm) on Denver, the most snow ever recorded in a single Denver snowstorm.
2 December 1896, Southeast States: An early season snow and ice storm strikes the southeastern US. It dumps 11 inches (28 cm) of snow on Charlotte North Carolina, and 6 inches (15 cm) at Atlanta, Georgia
2 December 1950, Southern Illinois: Three tornadoes swirl across Illinois counties of Bond, Macoupin and Madison; three die and 25 are injured. One death occurs in a car tossed 200 yards near Mt Olive.
2 December 1950, St Louis, Missouri: Severe thunderstorm produces extensive hail damage in St Louis, the $4 million damage price tag was the worst hailstorm on record to that date for the city.
2 December 2007, Seaside, Oregon: A giant Sitka spruce known as the "Klootchy Creek Giant" snaps nearly in half under stron winds. The tree, the largest, in Oregon, stood 200 feet (61 m) tall and wa estimated to be 500 to 750 years old, near the end of its life cycle.
2 December 2009, Lewistown, Pennsylvania: Weather is a likely factor in a freight train derailment in central Pennsylvania, near Lewistown. Twenty-eight of the train's 112 cars derail, spilling a significant amount of grain and polypropylene pellets Doppler radar suggests wind speeds of up to 65 mph (105 km/h) in the vicinity of the derailment
3 December 1926, Yuma, Arizona: Yuma records 1.10 inches (27.9 mm) of rain; by month's end it will be the wettest December of record.
3-6 December 1886, Southern Appalachian Mountains: Great snowstorm dumps up to 42 inches (107 cm) in mountains. 33 inches (84 cm) falls on Asheville, North Carolina and 25 inches (64 cm) at Rome, Georgia.
4 December 1786, New England: Huge snowstorm leaves 18 inches (46 cm) of snow at Morristown, New Jersey and 20 inches (50 cm) at New Haven, Connecticut.
5 December 1953, Vicksburg, Mississippi: A devastating tornado rips through Vicksburg causing the most damage since a 47-day shelling during the Civil War. It kills 38 persons, injures 270 others, and causes 25 million dollars in damage.
5 December 2007, Kahului, Hawaii: Kahului. located on Maui receives 1.32 inches (33.5 mm) of rain, breaking the daily maximum precipitation record for the date.
5 December 2007, Grand Forks, North Dakota:.The morning temperature at Grand Forks bottoms out at -19°F (-28.3°C) shattering the previous record low set in 1972. It is the third time in five days that Grand Forks has set a low temperature record.
5-7 December 2003, New York and New England: The greatest Nor'easter snowstorm in recent memory strikes New York and New England. In Central Park, New York City, the accumulation reaches 14 inches (35.6 cm). The greatest accumulation buries Pinkham Notch at Mount Washington in New Hampshire: 47 inches (119.4 cm).
5-7 December 2003, Providence, Rhode Island: Providence records its greatest single snowstorm on record with 17 inches (43.2 cm).
6 December 1970, Washington, DC: A windstorm topples the National Christmas Tree at the White House.
6 December 2010, Western Michigan: Snowfall in the Lake Michigan snow belt has topped a foot (30 cm) or more from 16 inches (40.6 cm) near Hamilton to15 inches (38.1 cm) just northeast of Holland ; and 12 inches (30.5 cm) in the Allegan and Logan areas.
6 December 2010, Valdez, Alaska: The barometric pressure reaches 30.57 inches Hg (1035.07 mb ), a new high-pressure record for the month of December at that station.
7 December 1989, Winfield, Kansas: A winter storm moving out of the Rockies dumps 7.5 inches (19 cm) of snow on Winfield.
7 December 2010, Florida: The combination of cold air advection and a dry air mass allows nighttime radiative cooling that resultsd in record low morning temperatures. These include 31°F (-0.6°C) at Vero Beach, 39°F (3.9°C) at Naples; and 43°F (6.1°C) at Miami Beach.
7-8 December 2006, Valentine, Nebraska: Valentine residents experience and 80 F degree (44.4 C degree) temperature rise over two days as the recorded low of -14°F (-25.6°C) Thursday morning is followed by a 66°F (18.9°C) high on Friday.
8 December 1938, La Mesa, California: Temperature reaches a high of 100°F (37.7°C).
8 December 2010, Syracuse, New York: For the third consecutive day, Syracuse sets a new record snowfall accumulation as persistent northwesterly flow across Lake Ontario brings heavy lake effect snows across central New York State. The 14.9 inches (37.8 cm) that fell shattered the day's previous record. The day is also now Syracuse's fourth snowiest December day on record. Dec. 30, 1997, holds the top spot with 18.6 inches. With this accumulation, Syracuse's four-day snow total has reached 43.2 inches(109.7 cm), which is just shy of the city's all-time four-day snowfall record.
9 December 1786, Morristown, New Jersey: A second major snowstorm in less than a week brings an additional 15 inches (38 cm) of snow on top of the 8 inches (20 cm) that fell on the previous two days, and the 18 inches (46 cm) which fell on the 4th and 5th. The week's snowfall totaled 41inches (194 cm).
9-10 December 1879, Chicago, Illinois: Chicago sets record highs for both 9 and 10 December, and they occur but minutes apart. During the late evening of the 9th, southerly winds bring warm air into the city. The thermometer peaks at 62°F (16.7°C) just before midnight and remains there into the wee hours of the 10th before a cold front brings colder temperatures that morning.
9 December 2010, Fort Yukon, Alaska: Fort Yukon's temperature "extremes" for the day report a high of -46°F (-43.3°C) with a low of -53°F (-47.2°C)
10 December 1699, Boston, Massachusetts: A severe ice storm hits the region, causing much damage to local orchards.
10 December 1919, Bend, Oregon: A new 24-hour snowfall record for the state is set when Bend records 28 inches (71.1 cm).
11 December 1989, California: Strong Santa Ana winds blow across southern and parts of central California. In Kern County they gust to 100 mph (160 km/h) near Grapevine. The high winds raise dust that reduces visibilities to near zero in the desert areas closing the major interstate highways east of Ontario.
11 December 2010, Yazoo City, Mississippi: Incredibly, residents of Yazoo City again find themselves under a tornado warning. The community was devastated by an EF-4 tornado in April, then hit by an EF-2 in November. National Weather Service spotters report tree damage just south of town.
12 December 1969, Des Moines to Kent, Washington: Forming as a waterspout over Puget Sound, south of Seattle, a tornado — the worst on record for western Washington — races five miles (8 km) from Des Moines to Kent. Reported as 50 to 200 yards (45-182 m) wide, the tornado injures one person and causes half a million dollars damage.
12 December 2010, Minneapolis, Minnesota: Snow buildup on the Metrodome roof caused the roof to collapse with damage to two of the Teflon panels prior to a scheduled Monday night football game between the Vikings and the New York Giants. However, blizzard conditions closed the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport thus diverting the plane carrying the New York Giants football team to Kansas City. The game was postponed and eventually played in Detroit, Michigan.
12-20 December 1967, Flagstaff, Arizona: A series of snow storms buries Flagstaff with 86.0 inches (218 cm) of snow.
13 December 1987, New Mexico: A major early winter storm dumps 25 inches (64 cm) of snow at Cedar Crest, New Mexico with up to three feet (90 cm) reported in the higher elevations. Winds of 75 mph, with gusts to 124 mph, buffet the region northeast of Albuquerque.
14 December 2005, Houston, Texas: A string of severe thunderstorms drop 7.28 inches (185 mm) of rain in downtown Houston.
14 December 2010, Marion County, Oregon: A thunderstorm cell tracks across Marion County, Oregon, just south of Salem, and produces a rare and damaging twister of EF2 intensity around 11:30 am at Aumsville. Fifty buildings are reported damaged. The tornado knocks down trees and power lines, tossing debris onto nearby highways.
14-15 December 1924, Fairfield and Helena, Montana: Temperature drops an incredible 79 F° (44 C°) in 24 hours from 63 °F to minus 25 °F (17 to minus 32 °) and 88 F° (49 C°) in 34 hours. In Fairfield, it drops from 63 °F to minus 21 °F (17 to minus 29.4 °C), an 84 F degree (46.7 C°) change in 12 hours– the greatest 12 hour temperature change recorded in the United States.
15 December 1839, Gloucester, Massachusetts: The first of eight major storms to hit eastern Massachusetts during the month devastates the harbor at Gloucester. Winds estimated as "whole gales" dismantle, drive ashore or push out to sea at least 50 vessels resulting in a death toll estimated around 50.
15 December 2009, Cut Bank, Montana: A chinook blowing at nearly 30 mph (50 km/h) roaring out of Montana's mountains produce amazing 50 F degree (27.8 C degree) temperature increases over 24 hours. At Cut Bank the air warmed from subzero F temperatures to above the freezing mark in one hour. The temperature at noon MST registered -2F (-18.9 °C). An hour later, the temperature jumps to 34 F (1 °C).
14-17 December 1945, Buffalo, New York: A relentless December snowstorm burys Buffalo under 36.6 inches (93 cm) of snow, with unofficial totals south of the city ranging up to 70 inches (178 cm).
16 December 1988, Fairbanks, Alaska: City reports freezing rain and record warm temperatures with the afternoon high of 41 °F (5°C). Maximum temperature was 43 F° (23.9C°) above normal.
16 December 2010, San Juan, Puerto Rico: San Juan registers the coolest December 15th afternoon in 112 years with a reading of 76 F° (24.4C°).
17 December 1884, Springfield, Illinois: Two inches of ice cover the ground in the Illinois capitol as a severe ice storm strikes central Illinois. The storm inflicts 21 million dollars damage along with much hardship.
18 December 1919, New York, New York: The Central Park temperature drops to one degree below zero F (minus 18.3C°), the earliest sub-zero temperature in the city on record.
18 December 1981, Valparaiso, Indiana: A heavy lake-effect snow blankets the southern and southeast shores of Lake Michigan leaving up to 22 inches (56 cm) of snow.
19 December 1924, Yellowstone Park, Wyoming: The Riverside Ranger Station reports a low of 59 degrees below zero F (minus 50.6C°), a December record for the US.
19 December 2009, Washington DC: On the cusp of the winter solstice, a major snow storm dropped 15.7 inches (40 cm) of snow on Reagan National Airport outside Washington — the greatest single-day snowfall ever recorded there in December A snowball fight in Washington prompts a DC police officer to pull out his gun, according to the Washington Post. A group of people throwing snowballs, aimed one at a passing Hummer driven by an off-duty police detective.
19-20 December 2010, The Sierra Mountains: A large, moisture-laden Pacific storm known as a "Pineapple Express" brings huge snowfall to the Sierra Mountains. Snowfall reachs 51 inches (129.5 cm) at Mammoth Lakes in the California Sierras while 20 inches (50.8 cm) fell at Ketchum, Idaho and 15 inches (38.1 cm) at Truckee, California. Bodie California set a new daily snowfall record on the 19th with 21 inches (53.3 cm); as did Virginia City, Nevada with 10 inches (25.4 cm). Mammoth Lakes Alpine Meadows, Tahoe, California, and Mt. Rose, Nevada also joined the "50 inch (127 cm) club" As of early Sunday, an impressive 9 feet (2.74 metres) of snow has piled up on the Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort summit. The total snowfall from the 17th to the 20th measures 162 inches (411 cm).
19-20 December 2011, Pietown, New Mexico: Pietown residents see 24 inches (61 cm) of snowfall bury the community. Several other sites in New Mexico receive at least 12 inches (30 cm).
20 December 1836, Central Illinois: A famous cold wave sweeps across central Illinois. The cold front with 70 mph (112 km/h) winds passes through at midday dropping the temperature from 40°F (4°C) to near zero (minus 18°C) in a matter of minutes. Many settlers reported frozen to death. Folklore tells of chickens frozen in their tracks and men frozen to saddles. Ice in streams reported six inches (15 cm) thick in a few hours.
21 December 1892, Portland Oregon: A record snowstorm strikes Portland. By the time it ends four days later, the city is buried under 27.5 inches (69.9 cm) of snow.
22 December 1983, Across America: The Winter Solstice brings record low temperatures for the date to75 cities. Wisdom Montana shivers at 51 F degrees below zero (minus 46°C), and Waco TX set an all-time record low a reading of 12°F above zero (minus 11°C).
22 December 1989, Across America: Another intense pre-Christmas cold wave as 135 cities crack their record low temperature for the date, 35 set record December lows Kansas and Missouri are especially hit. In Kansas, Concordia and Goodland plummets to minus 26°F (minus 32.2°C) and minus 27°F (minus 32.8°C), respectively. Both establish all time record lows for the community. locations. In Kansas City, Missouri, the morning bottoms at minus 23°F (minus 30.6°C).
22 December 1989, Cutbank, Montana: A rapid temperature rise brought by chinook winds spikes the temperature in Cutbank by 74 F° (41.1 C°). After a shivering morning low of minus 34 the afternoon high is a relatively balmy 40°F above zero (4.4°C).
22 December 2005, Southern Illinois: A fast moving snowstorm across the Midwest and Ohio Valley becomes the most significant snowstorm on record for southern sections of Illinois. Snowfall records are set at Carbondale (12 inches (30 cm)), McLeansboro (14 inches (36 cm)), and Carmi (18 inches (46 cm)).
22 December 2008, Wisconsin: Most of Wisconsin shivers as temperatures fell to below zero Fahrenheit (-18°C) with even colder windchill temperatures. The only parts of the state with above zero readings are in cities along Lake Michigan. The low temperatures hit -13°F (-25°C) in Hayward and -12°F (24.4°C) in La Crosse. .
23 December 1955, Boise, Idaho: The barometric pressure drops to 28.97 inches (981 millibars) at Boise.
24 December 1983, Chicago, Illinois: Even Santa's reindeer needed toques as the daytime high only reached -11°F (-23.9°C) this Christmas Eve. It ties with 18 January 1993 for the coldest high temperature ever experienced in the Windy City. Christmas Day would only reach -5°F (-20.6°C)
24-25 December 1836, Ft Snelling Minnesota: An intense cold wave drives the mercury down nearly 40 F deg (22 C deg) in 10 hours to minus -28 °F (minus 33°C) by Christmas morning, 1 F° (0.55 C°) shy of 1822's record December low.
24-25 December 2004, Victoria, Texas: Victoria residents awake to their first white Christmas in 86 years when south Texas receives a rare blanket of snow that reachs 13 inches (33 cm) deep in the region.
24-25 December 2009, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: How would Will have commented on this? An amazing 14.1 inches of snow buries Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, breaknig the previous record of 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) which fell on Christmas Eve back in 1914. This snowfall also is the greatest snowfall ever measured in 24 hours at this location.
24-25 December 2010, Eastern and Southern States: A major winter storm dropped a White Christmas on many areas of the United States east of the Mississippi. On Christmas Day alone, 110 new daily snowfall records are set. Chicago sees its snowiest Christmas Eve in 13 years as area totals top 3 inches (7.6 cm). Columbia, South Carolina had its first significant Christmas snow since weather records began in 1887.Among the snowfall records set in the South are Ashville NC, 6.5 inches (16.5 cm); Huntsville AL, 4.5 inches (11.4 cm); Lambert MS, 2.2 inches (5.6 cm); Athens GA, 2.0 inches (5.1 cm); Tupelo MS, 1.4 inches (3.6 cm); and Atlanta GA, 1.2 inches (3.0 cm). Atlanta's snow is the first measurable accumulation on Christmas Day since 1881.
25 December 1988, Las Vegas, Nevada: A massive winter storm produces a white Christmas in Las Vegas for the first time of record.
25 December 2003, San Bernardino, California: Flash flood generates a mudslide that sweeps down Waterman Canyon. The flood sends boulders, trees and 12-foot waves of mud crashing into a Greek Orthodox Church, killing twenty-eight people.
25 December 2004, New Orleans, Louisiana: Residents of the Big Easy are astonished to see snow falling steadily on Christmas Day, the first Christmas snow in half a century and the first snowfall in 15 years in the city. New Orleans' transit system halts all buses and streetcars due to the sleet, icy streets and rail tracks.
25-27 December 1987, Oklahoma: Ice Storm coats a swath of Oklahoma from near Duncan through Norman to Tulsa with up to 2 inches (5 cm) of ice. Many areas are without power for a week or more.
26 December 1947, New York, New York: Late Christmas snowstorm buries Central Park under 26.4 inches (61 cm) of white, 32 inches (81 cm) in suburbs.
26 December 2001, Buffalo, New York: The official snow total for the five-day, lake-effect storm, which struck the Buffalo area beginning Christmas Eve, is officially reported as 81.5 inches (207 cm), according to the US National Weather Service. At least four deaths are blamed on the weather and over $10 million are needed for clean-up.
26 December 2010, The Nation: The US average snow coverage in the contiguous states on Christmas Day is usually between 25 and 35 percent. However, this year, the total was 50.2 percent as a major winter storm crossed the South and Southeast States. The percentage increased to 52.9 percent on the 26th as the storm moved up the East Coast. According to the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center, 46 of the 50 states reported snowfall and/or snow cover within their borders on Christmas Day, and this includes Hawaii, Georgia and Alabama.
27 December 1988, Mississippi: A dozen tornadoes rage across Mississippi between early afternoon and sunrise the following day. One at Harperville destroys five chicken homes killing thousands of chickens.
27 December 2010, High Springs, Florida: High Springs ties its coldest high temperature record of 38 °F (3.3°C) ever, in any month..
28 December 1996, Pacific Northwest: The same storm that buries southern Vancouver Island ruins the holiday period for many in Oregon and Washington as well. Freezing rain and snow across western Washington and Oregon strand travelers and cut power to over 300,000 homes. Parts of western Washington receives over 15 inches (38 cm) of snow while over 2 inches (50 mm) of freezing rain crust 8 inches (20 cm) of snow in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge.
28 December 2004, Los Angeles, California: Los Angeles receives 5.55 inches (141 mm) of rain, the most on record for any December day and the third wettest day since records began in 1877.
29 December 1894, Florida: A severe freeze hits Florida destroying fruit and causing considerable damage to trees.
29 December 2006, Albuquerque, New Mexico: Albequerque, breaks its all-time 24-hour snowfall record with 10.5 inches (26.7 cm) of snow. The accumulation lifted their monthly total to 14.8 inches (37.6 cm), breaking their all-time monthly snowfall record as well. The record would be short-lived as another 15.6 inches (39.6 cm) of snow would fall there on the 31st.
30 December 2003, Las Vegas, Nevada: For the first time in five years, sections of Las Vegas receive an inch or two (3-5 cm) of snow on cars, roads, sidewalks and trees, while snow flurries fell on downtown and the legendary Strip.
30 December 2010, New Mexico: Record snowfalls extend across New Mexico with daily totals of 12 inches (30.5 cm) (tying record) in Chama; 11 inches (27.9 cm) at El Vado Dam; 10 inches (25.4 cm) at Animas; and 8 inches (20.3 cm) at Navajo Dam, .
31 December 1929, Death Valley, California: Greenland Ranch in Death Valley finishes the entire calendar entire year without measurable precipitation.
31 December 1989, Northway, Alaska: Highest pressure ever recorded in Unites States: 31.85 inches Hg (107.86 kPa)
31 December 2010, Plains and Mississippi Valley States: The National Severe Storms Center confirms 47 tornado reports and 26 confirmed tornadoes, including six tornadoes having an EF-3 Fujita rating, strike across Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Mississippi on New Years Eve, causing at least six fatalities.
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