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January 27th

Local and Regional Events:

January 27, 1969:

Snowfall of 7 to 10 inches combined with winds of 15 to 30 mph caused widespread low visibilities along with heavy drifting from the 27th to the 29th across Minnesota. Many roads were blocked or remained blocked. Many schools were closed with many accidents.

 

Local Climate Information:

Click HERE for daily climate information for Aberdeen, Mobridge, Pierre, Sisseton, and Watertown.

Click HERE for daily climate information for Sioux Falls, Huron, Mitchell, and Sioux City.

U.S.A and Global Events for January 27th:

1922: On this date through the 29th, a great snowstorm struck the East Coast from South Carolina to southeastern, Massachusetts. Washington, DC reported 28 inches of snow. The heavy snow on the Knickerbocker Theater's flat roof put a significant strain on the structure. On the evening of the 28th, during a showing of the silent comedy "Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford," the building collapsed, killing 98 people and injuring 130 others.

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Interior of Knickerbocker Theatre, Washington, DC, following roof collapse on January 28, 1922. Image from the Library of Congress. Click HERE for a video of this disaster.

 

1967: Residents of Chicago, Illinois began to dig out from the storm of the 26 and 27th which produced 23 inches of snow in 29 hours their worse snowstorm. The snow paralyzed the city and suburbs for days, and business losses were enormous. Click HERE for more information from the NWS Office in Chicago, Illinois./images/abr/google/Survey/sd_20160124222036_image002.jpg

Lakeshore Drive from the 16th Street overpass. Image from the NWS Office in Chicago.

 

1989: Bitter cold air gripped most of Alaska during the month of January, 1989. Tanana, near Fairbanks, saw a low temperature of 76 degrees below zero on this day. The high for the day was 60 degrees below zero. With an average temperature of 68 degrees below zero, Tanana saw an average temperature of nearly sixty degree below normal. You can read more about this event from the Alaska Dispatch News by clicking HERE.

 

Click HERE for more This Day in Weather History from the Southeast Regional Climate Center.