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Weather on This Date - January 12




January 12, 1888 
A sharp cold front swept southward from the Dakotas to Texas in just 24 hours spawning a severe blizzard over the Great Plains. More than 200 pioneers perished in the storm. Subzero temperatures and mountainous snow drifts killed tens of thousands of cattle. (David Ludlum) 

January 12, 1912 
The morning low of 47 degrees below zero at Washta IA established a state record. (The Weather Channel) 

January 12, 1982
A freak snow storm, now known as Snow Jam, occurred in the Atlanta metro area at rush hour. Up to 6 inches of snow fell quickly in the afternoon bringing traffic to a halt. Stories of people leaving their cars and walking home were quite common across the Atlanta area as most, if not all roads, were blocked or impassable. (NWS Atlanta)

January 12, 1985 
A record snowstorm struck portions of western and south central Texas. The palm trees of San Antonio were blanketed with up to thirteen and a half inches of snow, more snow than was ever previously received in an entire winter season. (Weather Channel) (Storm Data) 

January 12, 1987 
Twenty-seven cities in the Upper Midwest reported new record high temperatures for the date. Afternoon highs of 72 degrees at Valentine NE and 76 degrees at Rapid City SD set records for the month of January. (National Weather Summary) 

January 12, 1988 
Parts of North Dakota finally got their first snow of the winter season, and it came with a fury as a blizzard raged across the north central U.S. Snowfall totals ranged up to 14 inches at Fargo ND, winds gusted to 65 mph at Windom MN, and wind chill readings in North Dakota reached 60 degrees below zero. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) 

January 12, 1989 
A dozen cities in the southeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date as readings warmed into the 70's and 80's. Fort Myers FL reported a record high of 86 degrees. (National Weather Summary) 

January 12, 1990 
Gale force winds produce squalls with heavy snow in the Great Lakes Region. Totals in northwest Pennsylvania ranged up to eleven inches at Conneautville and Meadville. Barnes Corners, in western New York State, was buried under 27 inches of snow in two days. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data) 

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I remember 1982 SnowJam in Atlanta well :-)  I had just moved to GA from the Blue Ridge Mountains SW of Roanoke, VA to go to college.  I was amazed at how many of my classmates had never seen snow!  I was dismayed when I realized how few people knew how to drive on it! We had a steep hill in front of our college, and a friend and I were watching people slide down and spin as they were going down the hill (slamming on their brakes). After a while, a policeman showed up talked with my friend and me, and he started stopping people at the top of the hill.  He would ask the driver if they were comfortable going down the hill.  If they said, "No," then he had either my friend or me take the car to the bottom of the hill.  I don't think that would ever go over today :-)

BTW, I am actually visiting my family up on the mountain  :-)  I'll try to post some pictures later.  We won't be going anywhere for a while!

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