Record Stretch

Tuesday, Nov. 28- If it’s going to be this cold, we may as well get something out of the deal and set some records, right?  That’s what happened today, and almost happened yesterday, too.

If you look back at the previous entry (Arctic Chill: http://addins.wrex.com/blogs/weather/2014/11/artic-chill), you’ll see a couple things.  1) We’ve been under the freezing point (32° F) for nearly a week, and that likely won’t chance until the weekend, making this a pretty substantial cold stretch.  2) 1951 and 1959 stand out amongst the past cold stretches like this.

Why is that?  Those years were the last time we had weather this cold, or cold enough to set the records that were threatened or fell today.

Here’s how Monday played out (day 1 of the very cold stretch):

Monday's weather threatened to break the record for coldest high temperature

Monday’s weather threatened to break the record for coldest high temperature

Take note that the record was set in 1959.  Now look at the records set for today:

2 records fell on Tuesday- coldest low and coldest high temperature for Nov. 18

2 records fell on Tuesday- coldest low and coldest high temperature for Nov. 18

The coldest high temperature record, standing for 63 years, fell today!  It just goes to show that while unusual, we can have very cold weather in November like this.  Thankfully, it doesn’t happen all that often- we had to wait around 60 years before it popped up as this cold again.

If you are curious about what set up our very chilly weather this time around, head to our website for a web exclusive on the Omega Block pattern that contributed to this long cold pattern.

-Alex

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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on November 18, 2014

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