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Weather History For January 29

One of the coldest times in Washington history that froze all the waterways of the Middle Atlantic region including the Potomac River and most of the Chesapeake Bay. The cold started in Dec. 1779 and lasted through the first week in Feb. The coldest periods were Jan. 6-8, Jan. 13-16 and Jan. 19-29. On the northern part of the Bay, sleighs crossed from Annapolis to the Eastern Shore. To the south Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News and Portsmouth were connected by thick ice that supported foot traffic between ports.
(p. 30 Washington Weather Book 2002 by Ambrose, Henry, Weiss)

On the coldest morning of a severe winter the mercury dipped to 16 degrees below zero at New York City, and reached 20 degrees below zero at Hartford CT. New York Harbor was frozen for five weeks, allowing a heavy cannon to be taken across the ice to fortify the British on Staten Island.
(The Weather Channel)

The minimum temperature for the date is +2°F. in Washington, DC.
(Washington Weather Records - KDCA)

A small but intense windstorm resulted in the "Great Olympic Blowdown" in the Pacific Northwest. Hurricane force winds, funneled along the mountains, downed vast expanses of Douglas fir trees, and the storm destroyed eight billion board feet of timber. Winds at North Head WA gusted to 113 mph.
(David Ludlum, p. 10)

A snow depth of 33 inches was measured at Rock Creek Park the main area of snow for this storm was a swath from Fredericksburg to Baltimore.
(p.55 Washington Weather Book 2002 by Ambrose, Henry, Weiss)

The low temperature of -12 °F is the lowest ever recorded in Richmond, Virginia for the month of January or for any month.
(Ref. Richmond Weather Records)

On this date through the 30th, a fierce winter storm buried southern Wisconsin under two feet of snow. Strong northeasterly winds piled drifts up to 10 feet high in the Milwaukee area, shutting down the city for two days.
(Ref. Wilson Wx. History)

Washington, DC's eighth greatest snow; a fierce blizzard struck Washington on Jan. 29-30TH with 13.8 inches of snow.During the early afternoon of January 29, the storm center was over eastern Georgia and light snow had started to fall and Washington area by evening.The storm then and move to South Carolina coast and snowfall in D.C. became heavy falling at times at 2 inches per hour. During the night the storm curved to the north and intensified dramatically deepening the pressure from 29.40 inches to 28.80 inches in just 12 hours. Storm's winds were clocked up to 54 mph and blew out plate glass windows and whipped snowdrifts up to 10 ft. high. By morning, bona fide blizzard conditions were occurring across the metro area, with temperatures in the low teens and wind gust over 50 mph.The blizzard of 1966 produced a swath of 12 to 16 inches of snow across, falling on top of 3 to 6 inches of snow that was already on the ground. National Airport reported 13.8 inches of new snow and a snow cover range from 16 inches at National Airport to 22 inches at Warrenton, Virginia. South and east of DC snowfall depths range from 16 to 19 inches of along the central Eastern Shore of Maryland. After the blizzard, up to 30 inches of snow was measured on the ground and the Delmarva area.
(p. 76-79 Washington Weather Book 2002 by Ambrose, Henry, Weiss)
(Ref. AccWeather Weather History)
(Ref. Wilson Wx. More Information)
Ref. (NWS Ranking for Storms between 1956 and 2011) This is the 12th Worst Snowstorm
Ref. (Virginia Tech Magazine) The Two Saturday Storms of January 22 and 29 Closed the Campus Classes

The maximum temperature for the date in Washington, DC is 76 °F.
(Washington Weather Records - KDCA)
(Ref. Wilson - Many Additional Temperatures Listed On This Link)

A series of Pacific coast storms finally came to an end. The storms attributed in part to the ocean current, "El Nino", produced ocean swells 15 to 20 feet high, which ravaged the beaches of southern California. Much of the damage was to homes of movies stars in the exclusive Malibu Colony.
(The Weather Channel)

A strong storm moving out of the Central Rockies spread snow across the north central states, with up to eight inches of snow in Wisconsin, and produced wind gusts to 64 mph at Goodland, KS. A thunderstorm produced three inches of snow in forty-five minutes at Owing Mills MD.
(National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

A thunderstorm produced 3 inches of snow in just 45 minutes at Owing Mills, MD just north of Baltimore.
(Ref. Wilson Wx. History)

Rain and snow were primarily confined to the northwestern U.S. An afternoon reading of 34 degrees at International Falls MN was a record high for the date.
(National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

Bitter cold air continued to pour into Alaska. At McGrath, temperature dipped to 63 degrees below zero. Strong winds blowing through the Alaska Range between Fairbanks and Anchorage produced a wind chill reading of 120 degrees below zero (Old Scale) at Cantwell.
(National Weather Summary)

Record high-pressure system sets all time record highs for barometric pressure in both US (Alaska) and Canada (Yukon) pressure reached 1079 mb or 31.85 inches of mercury.
(Bob Ryan's 2000 Almanac)

Severe thunderstorms in the southeastern U.S. spawned a tornado, which destroyed three mobile homes near Blythe, GA injuring six persons. A fast moving cold front produced high winds in the western U.S. Winds along the coast of Oregon gusted to 65 mph at Portland, and high winds generated 22 to 26 foot seas, which battered the coast. Winds near Reno NV gusted to 78 mph. High winds also buffeted the Central High Plains, with gusts to 94 mph reported at La Mesa CO.
(National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

The low temperature at Oimyakon, Siberia dropped to -78 °F as bitter cold descended on northern Russia. The afternoon high only reached -65 °F.
(Ref. Wilson Wx. History)

A major 3-day winter storm blasted parts of Kansas and Missouri. A catastrophic ice storm occurred south of the snow area, with two inches of ice and snow accumulating in the Kansas City, MO area. Thousands of trees were downed by the storm, blocking roads, downing utility lines and causing fires. 325,000 people were without power in Kansas City alone.
(Ref. AccWeather Weather History)

Minnesota: All Minnesota weather stations record a low temperature below zero F this morning. The coldest is Park Rapids where the low was minus 45° F.
(Ref. Wx.Doctor)

A strong trough crossed the lower Great Lakes region. The well-aligned northwest flow kicked off an intense band of lake effect snow over Oswego County in New York. The band remained nearly stationary for 36 to 42 hours. Four to five feet of snow fell in a narrow section of central Oswego County by the afternoon of the 30th. The band drifted north into southern Lewis and extreme southern Jefferson Counties for awhile on the 30th, before drifting back south across Monroe, Wayne and northern Cayuga Counties on the 31st. Specific snowfall totals included: 86 inches at Parish, 58 inches at Constantia, 56 inches at West Monroe, 51 inches at North Osceola, 48 inches at Oswego and 40 inches at Fulton. The weight of this snow, as well as previous lake effect storms during the month, caused several buildings to collapse.
(Ref. Wilson Wx. History)

24-hour temperature changes were about 40 to 50 degrees across much of Minnesota on Tuesday, January 29. Some of the largest calendar day changes occurred in southeast Minnesota where the warm air was still in place just after midnight on the 29th. At La Crosse, the temperature dropped 53 degrees from a high temperature from 43 degrees at 2:03am to -10 at 11:43pm. This tied the all time record of the largest temperature change in a calendar day. Rochester had a drop of 52 degrees and this was good enough for a three way tie for the 6th largest calendar day temperature change.
(See maps of the Quick Temperature Range)

Uranium City in northern Saskatchewan was the coldest place in North America at -74.2 °F.
(Ref. Wilson Wx. History)


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