...On this date in weather history...
In 1989...a dangerous Arctic airmass invaded the northern plains. In Minnesota...Warroad and International Falls plunged to 34 degrees below zero while Minot...ND reported a wind chill of 81 below! Squalls pummeled the Great Lakes with heavy snow. Erie Pennsylvania received 21 inches...of which 4 inches accumulated in 1 hour. This brought their snow depth to 39 inches...which set an all-time record for the city.
In 1836...an Arctic front of epic proportions surged across central Illinois around noon. North winds around 70 mph...caused temperatures to free fall from around 40 degrees to zero within 8 hours. Many settlers froze to death and ice in streams froze to 6 inches thick in a few hours.Folklore told of chickens frozen in their tracks and men frozen to saddles. In the latter case...the moral of the story is obvious.Don't 'horse around' with Arctic fronts!