1888 -- Shortly after midnight the Blizzard of '88 began. Three feet of snow fell on southeast New York by the evening of the 13th with 50 mph winds creating drifts to the second story of buildings in New York City. 21" accumulated in the city. At sea the storm was referred to as the Great White Hurricane. Albany, New York received 47" of snow...Saratoga, New York 58". Four hundred people died from the storm and the ensuing cold.
1948 -- Fort Wayne's latest sub-zero temperature: -7°.
1976 -- Large tornado outbreak spawned tornadoes in the Great Lakes and Midwest, including nine in northern Indiana and extreme southern Michigan. A woman in New Haven was killed when a small tornado hit her mobile home. A tornado hit Shipshewana at 2:38pm. A school bus was blown off the road between Knox and Grovertown, badly hurting two passengers.
1991 -- As northern Indiana received heavy snow, including 12" at Plymouth, central Indiana had a destructive ice storm.