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Today DECEMBER 22ND, 1839-The second of triple December storms hit the northeastern U.S. The storm produced 25 inches of snow at Gettysburg PA, and gales in New England, but only produced light snow along the coast.
 
DECEMBER 22ND, 1961-Holiday travel was paralyzed over extreme northeastern Kansas, and adjacent parts of Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. The storm produced 5 to 15 inches of snow, with drifts up to ten feet high.
 
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Dec 21 DECEMBER 21ST, 1892-Portland OR was buried under a record 27.5 inches of snow.
 
DECEMBER 21ST, 1964-A great warm surge from the Pacific Ocean across Oregon and northern California brought torrential rains on a deep snow cover resulting in record floods.
 
Dec 20 DECEMBER 20TH, 1836-A famous cold wave occurred in central Illinois. A cold front with 70 mph winds swept through at Noon dropping the temperature from 40 degrees to near zero in a matter of minutes. Many settlers froze to death. Folklore told of chickens frozen in their tracks and men frozen to saddles. Ice in streams reportedly froze to six inches in a few hours.
 
DECEMBER 20TH, 1942-An early cold wave sent the temperature plunging to 3 degrees below zero at Nantucket MA, and to 11 degrees below zero at Boston MA.
 
Dec 19 DECEMBER 19TH, 1777-The Continental Army moved into encampment at Valley Forge amidst stormy winds and piercing cold. A relatively moderate winter followed.
 
DECEMBER 19TH, 1924-The Riverside Ranger Station in Yellowstone Park WY reported a low of 59 degrees below zero, a December record for the U.S.
 
Dec 18 DECEMBER 18TH, 1957-A tornado swept across Jackson County, Williamson County and Franklin County in southern Illinois killing eleven persons.
 
DECEMBER 18TH, 1981-A heavy lake-effect snow blanketed the southern and southeast shores of Lake Michigan leaving up to 22 inches of snow at Valparaiso IND.
 
Dec 17 DECEMBER 17TH, 1884-A three week blockade of snow began at Portland OR. A record December total of 34 inches was received.
 
DECEMBER 17TH, 1924-A severe icestorm struck central Illinois. It coated the ground with nearly two inches of glaze at Springfield. The storm caused 21 million dollars damage along with much hardship. Ice was on the trees until the 4th of January, and electricity was not restored until January 10th.
 
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