December 9

From NWS
: A very sharp cold front crossed Iowa on December 8th, entering the far northwest around 7 am and moving into Illinois by 6 pm. Temperatures dropped by 10 degrees in 10 minutes at some locations and locally heavy snow overnight combined with northwest winds of 25 to 35 mph to produce periods of whiteout conditions in some areas. Generally 3 to 6 inches of snow fell statewide with the heaviest snow falling in a band extending from western through central and into southeastern Iowa with 6 inch totals reported at Audubon, Carroll, Corning, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Fort Madison, Jefferson, Newton, and Sac City and 6.5 inches falling at Indianola. Behind the front bitterly cold air streamed into the state accompanied by strong northwest winds producing wind chills of -30 to -50 F at many locations overnight and through the day on the 9th. On the morning of the 9th temperatures bottomed out at -17 F at Atlantic and Leon and Estherville recorded a wind chill minimum of -58 F. During the afternoon temperatures rose only into the single digits above zero statewide, then once again fell below zero across virtually all of Iowa on the morning of the 10th.

 This Day in National/World Weather History …
 9 December 1917 → Vevay, IN, on the Ohio River, reported 26 inches of snow in 24 hours with 14 foot drifts. By the 16th, people could walk across the river from Vevay to Kentucky.
 9 December 1934 → A frozen field made for very slippery conditions for the 2nd annual NFL Championship Game, held at the Polo Grounds. In the third quarter the Chicago Bears led the New York Giants 13-3. One of the Giants players remarked that sneakers would be more suitable for the icy playing surface. Another team member hurried to nearby Manhattan College and picked up nine pairs of sneakers. After switching to the sneakers, the Giants scored 27 points in the fourth quarter to win the game 30-13.
 9 December 1989 → A strong storm produced wind gusts of 40 to 65 mph from the Alaska Peninsula to the North Gulf Coast of Alaska. Southeasterly winds gusted to 75 mph in the Anchorage area. Gusty winds associated with the same cold front caused a power outage across much of the island of Hawaii.


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This post was written by Schnack on December 9, 2012

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