December 16

From NWS
1939
: Unseasonably warm weather prevailed across Iowa for much of December. On the 6th Thurman established the all-time Iowa December record with a high of 74 F, then another warm spell settled in on the 16th-17th with many stations establishing daily records on both of those days that still stand more than 70 years later. On the 16th most stations in Iowa climbed into the 60s, excepting far eastern and northeastern areas, and Des Moines and Waterloo both set their daily records with readings of 62 F and 63 F, respectively. Other reported high temperatures included 65 F at Indianola, Keosauqua, and Shenandoah, 66 F at Albia, Grinnell, and Marshalltown, and 67 F at Knoxville, Onawa, and Oskaloosa.

This Day in National/World Weather History …
 16 December 1835 → In New York City hundreds of blocks burned during a fire. The frozen fire hydrants and gale-force winds only made the fire worse when the mercury dropped to 0.
 16 December 1869 → A bill was introduced in the House of Representatives, 41st Congress, calling for the taking [of] meteorological observations…and for giving notice on the northern lakes and Atlantic seaboard of the approach and force of storms. This would be signed in to law February 9, 1870, by President Grant, establishing what would come to be called the National Weather Service. You can see the actual bill on-line.
 16 December 1979 → In Tampa Bay the Buccaneers prepared to play the Kansas City Chiefs as rain began to pour on what was about to become the 1979 Monsoon Game. The Bucs picked up a win with the score of 3 to 0.
 16 December 1997 → Super Typhoon Paka deluged Guam with nearly 21 inches of rain at Tiyan before instrumentation failed. The equipment failed 2 hours before the eye of Paka passed to the north. Damage estimates were in the range of $400 million.
 16 December 1997 → It was dark and the airport was shrouded in fog when an Air Canada flight from Toronto to Fredericton approached the slippery runway. It skidded, bounced across a field, then slid up a snowy embankment before slamming into trees. It took rescuers 30 minutes to find the plane. The deep snowpack likely saved the lives of the passengers and crew.
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This post was written by Schnack on December 16, 2012