Portal:Weather/On this day/01/05

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January 2[edit]

1920: The thermometer read 49 °C (120 °F) in Villa de María, Argentina, the highest temperature ever recorded in South America.

1960: Exactly 40 years later, the highest temperature in Australian history, 50.7 °C (123 °F), was recorded at Oodnadatta, South Australia.

January 3[edit]

1913: An Atlantic coast storm sets the lowest confirmed barometric pressure reading for a non-tropical system in the continental United States.

1999: A blizzard began dropping snow on the Midwestern United States, eventually disrupting travel and causing record low temperatures from Illinois to Ontario and Quebec.

January 4[edit]

1841: The SS Thames wrecked in a severe winter storm in the Isles of Scilly, killing 61 of the 65 passengers.

January 5[edit]

1998: Cyclone Susan reached peak intensity as a Category 5 storm on the Australian cyclone scale it approached Vanuatu.

2004: Cyclone Heta reached peak intensity near the island of Niue.

2014: The beginning of a multi-day cold snap pushed into the central and eastern United States.

January 6[edit]

1996: The Blizzard of '96 began pounding the Eastern United States, and would eventually dump 2-4 feet (0.6-1.3 m) of snow on an area from Tennessee to Connecticut.

2005: Tropical Storm Zeta finally dissipated over the open Atlantic Ocean, several days after it was forecast to diminish. It was the final storm of the hyperactive 2005 Atlantic hurricane season.

January 7[edit]

1839: Known as the Night of the Big Wind, a European windstorm swept across Ireland, killing between 250 and 300 people.

January 8[edit]

2005: European windstorm Erwin struck Sweden and Denmark with wind gusts of up to 165 kilometers per hour (103 mph), killing at least 17 people.