A combination of the day-night band and high resolution infrared imagery from the Suomi NPP satellite shows the historic blizzard near peak intensity as it moves over the New York through Boston Metropolitan areas at 1:45 am EST on January 27, 2015. (NOAA/NASA)
In addition, to the birthdays of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lewis Carroll, and famous ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, January 27th is also known for some historic snow storms. The 1981-2010 climate normals show a generally zonal range of temperatures from 62 degrees F near southern New Mexico/ Baja California to 8 F near NW Minnesota on this day. At this point, the northeastern U.S. has already reached their peak coldest day of the season- with Syracuse, NY the last major city at January 25th. Precipitation is centered around northern and central California and northern Washington- a key season for their rainfall.
1776- George Washington reported three feet of snow near Mount Vernon, and Thomas Jefferson about 3 feet at Monticello during the “Washington and Jefferson Snowstorm”
1922- 28” of snow fell from Jan 27-29 across the Washington D.C. area, the highest snowfall since record keeping began in 1885. The roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre collapsed the next day during a comedy show due to significant snow accumulation killing 98 people and injuring 130. (NWS Aberdeen, SD)
1966- In the midst of a 5-day lake effect storm, Oswego NY was buried under 102 inches of snow (David Ludlum)
1967- 23 inches of snow fell in 29 hours near Chicago, causing the city to become paralyzed in the days following (NWS Chicago)
1987- 1.9” of snow fell in Florence, SC for a 2-day total snowfall of 3.9” (NWS Wilmington, NC)
1988- A push of cold arctic air caused Hollywood, FL to report a record low of 39 degrees (National Weather Summary)
1989- Two-thirds of Alaska fell below normal for January 1989, with Fairbanks at its 8th consecutive day below -40, and Tanana at a low temperature of -76 F and a high of -68 F for the day. Wind chills were near 100 below zero (The Weather Channel)
1990- A series of cold fronts brought over 60 inches of snow to the Cascade Mountains of Washington State between the 23rd and the 27th (Storm Data)
2005- Month-to-date snowfall at Boston’s International Airport totaled 43.1 inches and making it the snowiest January on record
2015- Winter Storm Juno reached peak intensity of 975 mb in the early morning hours of January 27, dumping up to 3 feet of snow over parts of New England, winds up to 60 mph, and major flooding along the Massachusetts coast (The Weather Channel)
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The city of Washington D.C. comes to a halt during the deadly 1922 Knickerbocker blizzard with snow drifts as high as 16 feet ; (Left) a man walks through deep snow drifts near the Smithsonian Institution.