MIAMI -

On this date, it was a good thing President Richard Nixon was not standing near the National Christmas Tree at the White House on this date in 1970. On that day, high winds hit the Washington, D.C., area hard and toppled the Christmas Tree on the Ellipse near the White House.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:
   HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................83 Tampa Macdill, Fla.
   HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................84 Tampa Macdill, Fla.
   LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................1 Mt. Washington, N.H.
   LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-48 Gulkana, Alaska
   HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................81 Mt. Washington, N.H.
   HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................0.50 Quillayute, Wash.