First Time in 30 Years

February 11 marked the 12th day this winter season of zero degrees or colder at the Indianapolis International Airport.  The last time this occurred was in the winter of 1983-84 when there were 16 days of zero or lower readings.  The record for a winter season is 24 days shared by the winters of 1962-63 and 1976-77.  The average of a season is around 4 days.  Winter season in this context extends from November through March.


The average temperature of 24.3 degrees for the meteorological winter months of December, January and February through February 26 was the coldest in 35 years...edging out the winter of 1981-82 by one-tenth of a degree.  Depending on how fast the warm air returns on the 28th...this winter may remain one of ten coldest winter seasons since weather records began in 1871 and/or the coldest winter in 35 years.


The morning low at the airport dropped 1 degree above zero at 7:12 am EST on February 12.   The temperature remained above zero at the airport through the end of February.  


Pictured below is another bitter cold morning in the Indianapolis area when the temperature dropped to 6 below zero at the airport on February 11.



Pictured below is White Lick Creek at the CR 100N Bridge in Hendricks County choked with ice on the 11th as a result of the cold February temperatures since Groundhog’s Day.  Picture is courtesy of Hendricks County Emergency Management. 




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