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Weather on This Date - January 17




This morning over the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

January 17, 1817 
A luminous snowstorm occurred in Vermont and New Hampshire. Saint Elmo's fire appeared as static discharges on roof peaks, fence posts, and the hats and fingers of people. Thunderstorms prevailed over central New England. (David Ludlum) 

January 17, 1893 
The mercury dipped to 17 degrees below zero at Millsboro, DE, to establish a state record. (The Weather Channel) 

January 17, 1972 
A single storm unloaded 77.5 inches of snow at Summit, MT, to establish a state record. (The Weather Channel) 

January 17, 1982 
Strong Chinook winds caused severe wind damage in Boulder, CO. Wind gusts to 118 mph was recorded on the roof of the Environmental Research Laboratories (ERL), and a wind gust to 137 mph was measured atop the roof of the NCAR building (in the southwest part of the city, 600 feet above ground level). The high winds uprooted trees and damage roofs. (Storm Data) 

January 17, 1987 
A winter storm spread snow from the Southern Rockies into the Middle Mississippi Valley and southwestern sections of the Great Lakes Region, and freezing rain across Texas and Oklahoma. Snowfall totals ranged up to 16 inches at Tulia TX, with 12 inches at Wellington KS. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) 

January 17, 1988 
A Pacific storm battered the southern coast of California. Winds gusting to 65 mph uprooted trees in San Diego. Los Angeles reported an all-time record low barometeric pressure reading of 29.25 inches. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) 

January 17, 1989 
Strong chinook winds along the eastern slopes of the Rockies gusted to 90 mph near Rollinsville CO, and reached 94 mph near Big Timber MT. Heavy snow blanketed parts of the Upper Mississippi Valley, with eight inches reported in Douglas County WI. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) 

January 17, 1990 
Twenty cities across the southeastern half of the country reported record high temperatures for the date. Record highs included 61 degrees at Williamstown PA and 85 degrees at Brownsville TX. Evening thunderstorms produced large hail and damaging winds from eastern Texas to Mississippi. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) 

January 17, 2010 
A series of strong Pacific storms impacted Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah from January 17th through 23rd, leaving behind several feet of snow across the higher terrain and breaking numerous lowest barometric pressure records across the region. Sunrise Mountain, Arizona received 77 inches of snow, while Mammoth Lakes, California received 90 inches. (NCDC) 

January 17, 2013
A stationary front draped across the region combined with near record precipitable water values for the month of January and provided the fuel for heavy rainfall from January 14
th to January 18th. Most areas north and west of I-85 received over 3 inches for the week; however, the heaviest rainfall occurred in extreme north Georgia where some locations received between 6 and 8 inches of rain. Flooding of creeks and streams occurred across many rivers and streams in north Georgia. For more information, visit the event summary. (NWS Atlanta)

Data courtesy of WeatherForYou



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