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Weather on This Date - December 13




December 13, 1915 
A heavy snowstorm kicked off the snowiest winter in modern records for western New England. (The Weather Channel) 

December 13, 1962 
A severe Florida freeze occurred. Morning lows reached 35 degrees at Miami, 18 degrees at Tampa, and 12 degrees at Jacksonville. It was the coldest December weather of the 20th century and caused millions of dollars damage to crops and foliage. 
In Georgia, an intense cold wave spread across the state. Most readings were zero or below across north Georgia and in the single digits across central Georgia. Extensive damage to water pipes, automobiles and tractor radiators and vegetation occurred. There were several deaths from fires and exposure that were indirectly related to the severe cold.
The morning low of 9 degrees below zero at Blairsville established a state record for the month of December. (NWS Atlanta)(David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel) 

December 13, 1973
An F-3 tornado touched down just west of Gainesville in Hall County and traveled for 10 miles. The tornado caused 21 injuries, severely damaged 50 homes and destroyed 8 mobile homes. Resultant damages totaled nearly $2.5 million. (NWS Atlanta)

December 13, 1987 
A major winter storm produced high winds and heavy snow in the Southern Rockies and the Southern High Plains. Snowfall totals in New Mexico ranged up to 25 inches at Cedar Crest, with up to three feet of snow reported in the higher elevations. Winds of 75 mph, with gusts to 124 mph, were reported northeast of Albuquerque NM. El Paso TX was buried under 22.4 inches of snow, including a single storm record of 16.8 inches in 24 hours. The snowfall total surpassed their previous record for an entire winter season of 18.4 inches. Record cold was experienced the next three nights as readings dipped into the single numbers. High winds ushering unseasonably cold air into the southwestern U.S. gusted to 100 mph at Grapevine CA. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) 

December 13, 1988 
Low pressure off the Atlantic coast produced up to a foot of snow in eastern Nassau County and western Suffolk County of southeastern New York State. Mild weather prevailed across the western half of the country. Nine cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including Goodland KS with a reading of 74 degrees. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) 

December 13, 1989 
Strong northwesterly winds, ushering bitterly cold arctic air into the central U.S., produced squalls with heavy snow in the Great Lakes Region. Snowfall totals in Upper Michigan ranged up to 24 inches at Manistique. Nine cities in Arkansas and Texas reported record low temperatures for the date, including Calico Rock AR with a reading of 4 degrees above zero. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary) 

December 13, 2002 
A powerful Pacific storm system plowed into the western United States during the 13th-16th, producing high winds, heavy rains, significant mountain snowfall and causing 9 deaths (Associated Press). Rainfall amounts exceeding 10 inches occurred in parts of California, and wind gusts over 45 mph produced up to 1.9 million power outages during the period (Pacific Gas & Electric). 

December 13, 2002
High winds developed across parts of northeast Georgia. Sustained wind speeds of 40 to 45 mph with gusts of 50 to 55 mph blew down hundreds of trees and power lines. Some of the trees fell on homes and vehicles causing significant damage. In Banks County, 53 roads were blocked by downed trees. Up to 22,700 homes and businesses in northeast Georgia were left without power during the evening and well into the afternoon of the next day in some cases. (NWS Atlanta)

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