16 December


US Weather events

US Weather events

1835 183 yrs ago
New England experienced one of their coldest days of record. At noon on that bitterly cold Wednesday the mercury stood at four degrees below at Boston, 15 degrees below at Norfolk CT, and 17 degrees below at Hanover NH. The temperature at Boston was 12 degrees below zero by sunset. Gale force winds accompanied the severe cold, and that night a great New York City fire destroyed much of the financial district. (David Ludlum)
1917 101 yrs ago
An ice jam closed the Ohio River between Warsaw, KY, and Rising Sun, IN. The thirty foot high ice jam held for 58 days, and backed up the river a distance of 100 miles. (David Ludlum)
1987 31 yrs ago
A Pacific storm battered the coast of California with rain and high winds, and dumped heavy snow on the mountains of California. Winds along the coast gusted to 70 mph at Point Arguello, and winds in the Tehachapi Mountains of southern California gusted to 100 mph at Wheeler Ridge. Snowfall totals ranged up to 24 inches at Mammoth Mountain. Snow fell for two minutes at Malibu Beach, and Disneyland was closed due to the weather for only the second time in twenty-four years. A winter storm which began in the Southern Rockies four days earlier finished its course producing snow and high winds in New England. Snowfall totals ranged up to 19 inches at Blanchard ME. (The National Weather Summary)
1988 30 yrs ago
Fairbanks, AK, reported freezing rain and record warm temperatures. The afternoon high of 41 degrees was 43 degrees above normal. Snow and high winds continued to plague the mountains of southern California. Mount Wilson CA reported two inches of rain in six hours during the early morning, and a storm total of more than 3.50 inches of rain. (The National Weather Summary)
1989 29 yrs ago
Fifty-seven cities from the Southern and Central Plains to the Appalachians reported record low temperatures for the date, including North Platte NE with a reading of 17 degrees below zero. Squalls in the Great Lakes Region produced 18 inches of snow at Syracuse NY, and 30 inches at Carlisle IND. Low pressure brought heavy snow to northern New England, with 18 inches reported at Derby VT and Saint Johnsbury VT. (The National Weather Summary)
2000 18 yrs ago
An F4 tornado hits communities near Tuscaloosa, AL, killing 11 people and injuring 125 others. It was the strongest December tornado in Alabama since 1950.
Data source: http://www.weatherforyou.com/


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F5 tornadoes

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Deadly earthquakes

Deadly earthquakes

1902-12-16 05.07 UTC 116 yrs ago
Uzbekistan (map) , 9 km deep Magnitude: 6.4 UK
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)4725

1920-12-16 12.05 UTC 98 yrs ago
China (map) , 25 km deep Magnitude: 8.6
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)235502
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Emergency Events Database)180000

1941-12-16 19.19 UTC 77 yrs ago
Taiwan (map) , 35 km deep Magnitude: 7.1
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)357

1982-12-16 00.40 UTC 36 yrs ago
Afghanistan (map) , 35.5 km deep Magnitude: 6.4
Deaths resulting from earthquake shaking450
Total fatalities resulting from earthquake shaking and secondary effects450
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Utsu catalog)500
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Emergency Events Database)500

1983-12-16 13.15 UTC 35 yrs ago
Tajikistan (map) , 13.3 km deep Magnitude: 5.9
Total deaths resulting from an earthquake (Emergency Events Database)12





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