...A Look Back at Previous Cold Periods...

Extremely cold temperatures are forecast through the weekend for the Missouri Ozarks and southeast Kansas.  This document will examine previous cold regimes which affected the Springfield, MO area.

Date
Forecast Morning Low / Actual Low
Forecast Afternoon High / Actual High
Record Low
Record Lowest High
Thu January 7th
4 (Actual Low)
10 (Actual daytime High)
20 (high from 12am - 12 am)
-15 in 1912
9 in 1912
Fri January 8th
0 (Actual Low)
7 (Actual High)
-12 in 1979
7 in 1970 *Tied
Sat January 9th
5 (Actual Low)
9 (Forecast High)
-5 in 1977
10 in 1977
Sun January 10th
-4 (Forecast Low)
27 (Forecast High)
-11 in 1982
4 in 1962

 

Lowest Daily Minimum Temperatures
-29
2/12/1899
-22
2/13/1905
-19
1/12/1918
-18
1/11/1918
-17
2/9/1979

 

Consecutive Days with Min. Temperature Less than or Equal to Zero
6
2/8/1899 - 2/13/1899
coldest temperature hit -29 on 2/12/1899
6
12/21/1983 - 12/26/1983
coldest temperature hit -10 on 12/24 and 12/25
4
2/12/1905 - 2/15/1905
coldest temperature hit -22 on 2/13/1905
4
1/18/1984 - 1/21/1984
coldest temperature hit -13 on 1/19/1984
4
1/16/1977 - 1/19/1977
coldest temperature hit -11 on 1/16/1977
4
12/17/1901 - 12/20/1901
coldest temperature hit -11 on 12/20/1901
4
1/10/1997 - 1/13/1997
coldest temperature hit -10 on 1/12/1997

* Most recent stretch of 3 or more days with below zero lows occurred between 1/16/1997 and 1/18/1997.  This followed a 4 day stretch of below zero readings from 1/10/1997 - 1/13/1997.

* Prior to Tuesday mornings low of -4, the previous time low temperatures dipped to zero or below was 1/23/2003.

Consecutive Days where Maximum Temperature was less than or equal to 10 degrees
# of Days
Date Range
4
12/22/1983 - 12/25/1983
3
12/31/1927 - 1/2/1928
3
1/24/1897 - 1/26/1897
2
1/11/1997 - 1/12/1997
2
12/22/1990 - 12/23/1990

 

Consecutive Days with Below Freezing Temperatures
# of Days
Date Range
22
1/29/1905 - 2/19/1905
17
1/6/1918 - 1/22/1918
16
1/29/1899 - 2/13/1899
14
1/9/1978 - 1/22/1978
13
12/18/1983 - 12/30/1983
13
12/30/1978 - 1/11/1979
13
2/23/1960 - 3/6/1960
12
12/12/1963 - 12/23/1963
11
1/17/1940 - 1/27/1940
11
1/23/1936 - 2/2/1936
 
 
 
Our stretch began on 1/1/2010 and current forecasts keep below freezing temperatures in through 1/10/2010 which would put us just outside of the top 10.

 

 

 

 



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