16 Oct 2018 – “High temperature of 50°F (at midnight) in Dallas-Fort Worth is really sad, says meteorologist Dr Ryan Maue. “It’s also a super record … Coldest daytime high on record for any day up until October 20th.” was the chilliest so early in the season by a full week (besting Oct 22, 1936).
It was the chilliest in Dallas so early in the season by a full week (besting Oct 22, 1936).
“Second day in a row Kansas City has broken the record low,” says Joey Marino. “Currently 28° at KMCI. Old record was 29° set back in 1976!”
“Two records were set today in Oklahoma City,” says Asst professor of meteorology Jason Furtado. “Record low of 35 F (Previous record: 38 F in 2001) – Record low maximum of 50 F (Previous record: 54 F in 1914).”
Not only in Dallas, Oklahoma City and Kansas City, widespread record lows were recorded both Monday and Tuesday across the western half of the country.
As you can see on the above map, the cold extended all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, bringing the coldest day on record, or close to it, to much of the Plains.
“Numerous other records have fallen from the central United States to the Intermountain West and from the Canadian border to Mexico,” writes Ian Livingston for the Washington Post. “Widespread lows in the teens and 20s have been common at low elevations, dipping to the single digits to near zero in the high terrain. A large section of the region has seen temperatures running 12 to 20 degrees below normal over the past week.
The past two days have been as cold as any on record – or the coldest on record – for this time of year from Montana through the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Colorado, across much of the southern Plains and into Texas.
Meteorologist Dr Ryan Maue
Asst professor of meteorology Jason Furtado@wxjay
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/weather/capital-weather-gang/record-early-season-cold -and-snow-have-taken-over-the-central-united-states/2018/10/16/a2bfd0fc-f71c-4e5d-907a-d22 4f87d7b0f_story.html
Thanks to Jimmy Walter for this link