Record cold in eleven states

Russian website acknowledges the cold. “Record frosts in 11 US states,” reads the title. “Coldest February 16 in the history of meteorological observations.”

Yesterday we wrote about abnormal cold in Louisiana and Texas. But that ended up being just the beginning of the intensification of severe cold.

Coldest February 16 in the history of meteorological observations

Earlier this week, record low temperatures were recorded in more than 20 US cities. It was the coldest February 16 in the history of meteorological observations, according to the country’s National Meteorological Service.

Thus, in Lincoln and Hastings in Nebraska, the cold intensified to -35 and -34 degrees, respectively. The previous absolute lows for these cities were -18°F and -13°F degrees, respectively. In Sioux City, Iowa, a record eighty-five years ago (1936) was broken, the new temperature for February 6 was -33°F.

Abnormally low temperatures were observed in 11 states: Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Thanks to Martin Siebert for this link

Those old record lows, at least in Oklahoma, were not only broken, they were shattered.

According to my friend Dan Hammer in Oklahoma City,  their -14°F on February 16 broke the old record by 18 degrees. And the -6°F broke the old record of +7°F by 13 degrees.

That is serious, serious cold.

14 thoughts on “Record cold in eleven states”

  1. I hope Bill and Melinda Gates are warm enough! (Unfortunately that thought evokes images of big red demons with pitchforks and a background of roaring flames).

  2. worried about my friend in SD too
    no contacts for the last week and only a doublewide dwelling he did insulate n repair a while back but I notice insulation there tends to be foilwrap not thick batts like we use in Aus

    • In Texas, the lack of electricity has put both Chicken and Cattle in jeapordy. Eggs are not hatching, you need heat lamps. Cows are expending excess energy to keep warm and feedmills are not grinding. But the lights are back on so hopefuly it is short lived.

  3. I stay in a small rural town in NW Arkansas, Harrison. It’s about 45 minutes south of Branson, Missouri. The following is the temperature record since February 7, 2021, according to my accuweather app. The first set of temps for each day is the actual high/low. The second set of temps are the historical averages. All are F– 02/07/21: 28/24, 49/29; 02/08/21: 32/23, 49/29; 02/09/21: 32/24, 49/29; 02/10/21: 27/19; 49/29; 02/11/21: 21/17, 49/29; 02/12/21: 20/14, 50/30; 02/13/21: 16/9, 50/30; 02/14/21: 9/4, 50/30; 02/15/21: 4/-6, 51/30; 02/16/21: 16/-9, 51/30; 02/17/21: 18/11, 51/31; 02/18/21: 28/21, 51/31. 12 days of at or below freezing temperatures! Unprecedented! I am so glad the GND and the Paris Accord are going to cause all this unprecedented cold to go away!

  4. That means the atmosphere is obviously getting colder the last 50 years, as well as the Arctic. The only way you can have such intense cold is to have the Arctic getting more refrigerated. Not less.
    End of story!

  5. We are not having any record cold up here in my kingdom (8 miles south of WI state line), but we DID get fairly fat dumps of snow. More is expected this week, but we are also told to expect daytime temperatures to hit the low to mid-30s, which is fine with me.
    The birds have been coming to my feeding station (rail on the front deck) as have the squirrels (all pregnant females, very fat) and I have put out bird food plus suet bricks.
    Really. this has been a very normal winter in this area. Chicago got hit harder than we did up here, 35 miles north of that city, so the difference may be that they got more lake effect snow or were just in the path of the worst part of the storm.
    I only ask myself occasionally what will we do if the cold season starts early, as in mid-October, and lasts until mid-May, with lots more precipitation in all forms? Electric powered vehicles may become quite useless in that case.
    Frankly, the Old Farmers Almanac forecast was pretty close to the real world results. And why am I not surprised, when the weather guessers on TV seem to think that real weather is a major disaster?

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