Record Longest Streaks of Below Zero Temperatures in Chicago and Rockford

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL 930 PM CST THU JAN 2 2014 /1030 PM EST THU JAN 2 2014/  ...RECORD LONGEST STREAKS OF BELOW ZERO TEMPERATURES...  IF CURRENT FORECASTS VERIFY THEN THE BITTER COLD SNAP EARLY NEXT WEEK WILL BE THE LONGEST DURATION PERIOD OF SUBZERO TEMPERATURES SINCE EARLY FEBRUARY 1996...OR NEARLY 17 YEARS. HERE`S A LOOK BACK AT SOME OF THE LONGEST DURATION PERIODS OF CONSECUTIVE HOURS WITH SUBZERO TEMPERATURES IN CHICAGO AND ROCKFORD DATING BACK TO THE WINTER OF 1929-30.                       CHICAGO  RANK    # OF HOURS      CLIMBED ABOVE         COLDEST TEMP         BELOW ZERO          ZERO              DURING STREAK 1)          98        DEC 26 1983 AT 11 AM         -25 2)          66        FEB  4 1996 AT  2 PM         -19 3)          60        JAN 11 1982 AT  8 AM         -26 4)          48        JAN 21 1985 AT  8 AM         -27 5)          45        JAN 19 1994 AT  2 PM         -21 6)          44        JAN  6 1988 AT  1 PM         -14             44        JAN 16 1994 AT 12 PM         -17 8)          43        JAN 17 1977 AT  1 PM         -19 9)          42        JAN 17 1982 AT 11 PM         -25 10)         39        FEB 10 1933 AT  9 AM         -19                        ROCKFORD  RANK    # OF HOURS      CLIMBED ABOVE         COLDEST TEMP         BELOW ZERO          ZERO              DURING STREAK 1)         128        FEB  5 1996 AT  2 AM         -24 2)         102        DEC 26 1983 AT 12 PM         -24 3)          84(E)     JAN 22 1970 AT  8 AM         -22 4)          75(E)     JAN 30 1966 AT  1 PM         -20 5)          70        JAN  7 1988 AT  1 PM         -19 6)          62        DEC 23 1989 AT  1 PM         -20 7)          61        JAN 16 1994 AT  1 PM         -21 8)          58        JAN 31 1951 AT 11 AM         -19  IN 1970 AND 1966 ROCKFORD TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE 3 HOURLY...SO THE DURATION WAS ESTIMATED AND COULD BE OFF BY A COUPLE OF HOURS...BUT WOULD NOT BE ENOUGH TO IMPACT THE RANKING.  $$  IZZI


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