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Just over 50 years ago on this date, in 1972, bitter cold covered smaller ponds with ice. On the 19th an early season northeaster clipped southern New England with 2 to 4 inches of snow on the hills of Connecticut and Rhode Island, followed by a severe cold wave. Burlington, VT reached 15 degrees on the 20th, the coldest so early in the season, then the morning of the 21st brought some exceptional cold figures. Berlin, NH fell to 8 degrees while Grafton, NH slipped to 7. In Vermont Chelsea registered 11, West Burke settled down to 9 degrees, with Morrisville shivering at a winter-like 5 degrees.