December 1

From NWS
: A winter storm struck Iowa from late on November 29th through December 1st producing heavy snow across much of the state. A wide swath from southwest to northeast received 8 or more inches with many stations from around Guthrie Center east northeast to Waukon and Dubuque recording a foot or more of snow. In northeastern Iowa Decorah, Dorchester, and Waukon all set their single-day snowfall records with Dorchester reporting a remarkable 18.0 inches of snow in just 24 hours ending on the morning of the 2nd. Other reported three-day snowfall amounts included 13.5 inches at Charles City and Waterloo, 14.0 inches at Independence and Waukon, 14.8 inches at Decorah, 16.0 inches at Tripoli, 16.5 inches at Oelwein, 17.0 inches at Fayette, 18.6 inches at Dubuque, and 19.0 inches at Elkader and Iowa Falls. Winds gusted to 40 to 50 mph by December 1st, combining with bitterly cold air to produce wind chills of -40 to -60 and resulting in blowing and drifting of snow that brought travel to a standstill across much of Iowa.

1981: A winter storm struck Iowa from November 30th into December 1st producing freezing rain and sleet that changed to snow from northwest to southeast. Snowfall accumulations ranged up to 6.7 inches at Hampton, 7.0 inches at Audubon, and 8.5 inches at Cresco. Wind gusts in excess of 50 mph combined with the ice and snow to cause extensive tree and power line damage and make travel hazardous across much of the state.

This Day in National/World Weather History …
 1 December 1876 → Official government forecasts, since beginning in 1871, had been called probabilities (rather than forecasts). On this day the term probabilities was replaced with the term indications.
 1 December 1912 → A dispute over hauling coal lead to an attempt to blow up the Trent River Bridge in British Columbia. Twenty five sticks of dynamite were planted under the bridge and attached to a 50 meter fuse. The dynamite might have frozen solid by the time the lighted fuse reached the cap, because the dynamite never exploded.
 1 December 1918 → The Weather Bureau issued its first aviation forecast for pilots.
 1 December 1962 → The Grey Cup (Canadian Football Championship) continued for 2 days in Toronto in dense fog. The fog was so thick that spectators in the upper stands could not see the other side of the field.

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This post was written by Schnack on December 1, 2012