Extreme weather throughout history

Extreme weather throughout history
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POSTED: Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 4:22pm

UPDATED: Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 4:25pm

This year we have seen unusual weather so far, we've seen cooler temperatures in the Valley this winter. We have dropped down to the 30's for our overnight lows!! There have been days where we didn't get out of the 40's all day.

We've really experienced cold weather in the Valley so far.

And throughout history, Mother Nature has been even more fierce.

For example, in 1987 a storm in the northeastern U.S... buried the mountains of central Vermont with up to 26 inches of snow, and snowfall totals in Maine ranged up to 27 inches at Telos Lake. Winds gusted to 45 mph at Newark NJ and Albany NY, all in one day, on January 11! (National Weather Summary)

A year later, snow and high winds in Utah resulted in a fifty car pile-up along Interstate 15. Winds in Wyoming gusted to 115 mph at Rendezvous Peak, also on January 11, 1988. (National Weather Summary)

In 1989, a cold front which the previous day produced 21 inches of snow at Stampede Pass WA and wind gusts to 75 mph at Mammoth Lakes CA, spread snow across Colorado. Totals in Colorado ranged up to 17 inches at Steamboat Springs, on January 11,1989. (Storm Data)

Exactly a year later, strong northwesterly winds associated with a deep low pressure system crossing the Upper Great Lakes Region ushered cold air into the central U.S. Winds gusted to 72 mph at Fort Dodge IA, and wind gusts reached 75 mph at Yankton SD.

Snow and high winds created blizzard conditions in northwestern Minnesota. Squalls produced heavy snow in parts of Upper Michigan and northern Lower Michigan, with 16 inches reported at Wakefield. (Storm Data)

In 2008 Iraqis in Baghdad woke up to the novelty of falling snowflakes as the city experienced its first snowfall in about 100 years. (NCDC)

This year, Egypt experienced it's first snowfall as well, although it wasn't on January 11, it too had been about 100 since the city of Cairo had seen the white stuff coming down.

And now in 2014, we are seeing crazy weather again, -30's up in the Northern U.S. this month as a strong storm system crossed through the country. record breaking rainfall for some areas around the Valley, and even an unusually warm winter in Western Texas.

Let's see what else Mother Nature wants to surprise us with for 2014.

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