This Day in Weather History
Northeast Colorado experienced its most severe windstorm in many years. Boulder recorded a 92 mph gust before the anemometer blew away. In the mountains, Mines Peak was whip lashed by 120 mph gusts!
The coldest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. occurred when Prospect Creek, Alaska tumbled into a thermal abyss to 80 below zero.
A British Army thermometer dropped to 16 below zero in New York City. With the harbor frozen for five weeks heavy cannons had to be dragged across the ice to Staten Island. This was the coldest month ever recorded in the Northeast. It became known as "The Hard Winter". Two cataclysmic Plinian-type volcanic eruptions that occurred in the Kuril Islands in 1778 and on the Japanese Island of Kyushu on November 8, 1779 played major roles in the brutally cold winter of 1779-1780.
Weather Word of the Day
Blizzard Warning -
Blizzard Warnings are issued when visibilities are reduced to a quarter mile or less for 3 hours or longer. Wind speeds must also be sustained at 35 mph with frequent higher gusts in order to achieve blizzard conditions.