Portal:Weather/On this day/12/23
1971: LANSA Flight 508 crashed in the Peruvian jungle en route to Lima after being struck by lightning. Incredibly, a 17-year-old girl survived a 2-mile (3.2 km) fall strapped to her seat, and walked 10 days to safety.
2004: A very strong winter storm produced an incredibly rare White Christmas for much of the south-central United States. In many areas, more snow accumulated in this storm than in all of previously recorded history.
2001: Tropical Storm Vamei formed only 1.4° (104 miles, 170 km) from the equator. This was the closest to the equator a tropical cyclone had ever formed. Tropical cyclones rarely approach the equator due to the lack of the Coriolis effect which typically powers their circulation.