A look at just how cold it was Thursday, January 15, 2009

As expected, a few temperature records fell yesterday as cold arctic air traversed our region.  The record books have many entries of temperatures below -25, or even -30 for this time of year.  There are even all time records of -35 to around -40 across the northern plains for this time of year.  Our recent cold snap may not have changed records for everyone, but here are a few in our immediate area.

New Record LOW temperatures for January 15, 2009:

Location

New Record Low Temperature

Previous Record

Sioux City, IA

-20

-18  in 1972

Spencer, IA

-27

tied  1972

 

The persistent cold was still evident this morning when a new record low temperature was established in Spencer, IA for the second day in a row.

 

New Record LOW Temperature for January 16, 2009:

 

Location

New Record Low Temperature

Previous  Record

Spencer, IA

-28

-26 in 1977

 

When the temperature doesn’t rise above zero it drives home the idea of cold.  Two of the locations that did not reach zero degrees yesterday also failed to exceed the record lowest High temperature for the day.

 

New Record coldest High Temperatures for January 15, 2009:

 

Location

New Record Coldest High

Previous Record

Sioux City, IA

-2

tied 1892

Sioux Falls, SD

-4

-2 in 1977



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