Deadly Wind Chills Expected through Tuesday

Wind Chill and Cold Record Information

Updated 1/7/2014 5:15 pm


Below are some cold weather records along with cold weather safety information. 
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Forecast and Cold Weather Safety Tips



  • Stay indoors if possible.
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter.
  • If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
  • Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
  • Wear a hat. A hat will prevent loss of body heat.
  • Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible.
  • If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
  • Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
  • Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.

Records (Fort Wayne 1912-present, South Bend 1893-present)

Daily Record Low Temperatures

 Date Fort Wayne
South Bend
Jan 3rd -6 in 1996 -11 in 1928
Jan 4th
-12 in 1904
-10 in 1094
Jan 5th
-14 in 1999 -16 in 1999
Jan 6th -14 in 2014 -16 in 1924
Jan 7th -15 in 2014 -16 in 1912
Jan 8th -17 in 1968 -16 in 1912

All-time Record Cold Low Temperatures

Rank Fort Wayne
South Bend
1 -24 (1/12/1918)
-22 (1/20/1943, 1/25/1897)
-22 (1/20/1985)
-21 (3 times last on 1/19/1994)
-21 (1/21/1984 -20 (4 times last on 1/18/1930)
4 -19 (1/16/2009, 1/16/1972) -19 (5 times last on 1/16/2009)
5 -18 (4 times last on 1/19/2004) -18 (3 times last on 1/18/1994)

All-time Record Cold High Temperatures

Rank Fort Wayne
South Bend
1 -11 (1/20/1985)
-8 (2/9/1899)
-9 (12/24/1983)
-7 (12/24/1983)
-7 (1/10/1982)
-6 (1/20/1985)
4 -6 (1/18/1994, 1/15/1972)
-4 (1/18/1994, 2/10/1899)
5 -3 (12/25/1983)
-3 (12/25/1983)

There are only 10 days on record at Fort Wayne and 12 days on record at South Bend where high temperatures failed to hit 0 degrees or warmer. This is for over a hundred years of records! We will most likely add to this total in the coming week. Pretty incredible!

Coldest Wind Chills on (Non-Official) Record (1930-present)

Wind chill values are expected to be in the -20 to -40°F range Sunday night through Tuesday. It's been over 20 years since we've seen values like that! Take a look at some of the coldest wind chills on record

Rank Fort Wayne
South Bend
1 -49°F (1/20/1985)
-51°F (1/20/1985)
-43°F (3 times last on 1/19/1994)
-46°F (1/10/192
-42°F (1/10/1982, 1/22/1936) -45°F (12/24/83, 1/24/63
4 -41°F (3 times last on 1/21/1985) -43°F (3 times last on 1/21/1985)
5 -40°F (1/19/1940) -42°F (5 times last on 1/18/1994)


Updated 1/7/2014



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