Daily Archives: February 12, 2011

Oklahoma Colder than the South Pole


Frigid At 7 a.m. CST this morning, it was colder in northeastern Oklahoma than at the South Pole.

GTR News | Feb 10, 2011

State College, Pa. — 10 February 2011 — AccuWeather reports after being buried with roughly 2 feet of snow Wednesday, outstandingly cold air has pooled over parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas and neighboring states.

In Bartlesville, Okla., a temperature of 28° below zero was recorded at 7:19 a.m. If this temperature is valid, it will make this morning the coldest in recorded history for the state.

Elsewhere in the Bartlesville area, a temperature of 29° below zero was reported around 7 a.m.

The previous all-time low temperature record for Oklahoma, according to the National Climatic Data Center, is 27° below zero.

As AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Eric Wanenchak pointed out, the temperature at the South Pole was 23° below zero at 7 a.m. CST this morning. Therefore, parts of Oklahoma and Kansas were just as cold as, if not colder than, the South Pole.

For residents in Oklahoma City, this morning was the coldest in decades with the temperature dropping to 5° below zero at Will Rogers World Airport. This breaks the record for the date, which was previously 4°, set in 1929.

It’s also the first time in 15 years that the temperature has dropped below zero in Oklahoma City. The last time was on Jan. 4, 1996 with a low of 3° below zero.

Thermometers read 23° below zero in Parsons, Kan., and 20° below zero at Arkansas Regional Airport, Ark., this morning.

Fayetteville, Ark., got down to 18° below zero, shattering its record low for the date of 3° from 1981.

While temperatures this extreme are fairly common farther north across the Plains in Montana, the Dakotas and Minnesota during winter, they are extremely rare for the southern Plains.

However, all ingredients for an extremely cold night came into play to allow for such a cold morning. AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity explained that arctic air came pouring in over fresh snow cover, while skies cleared and winds diminished.

He said these factors allowed for perfect radiational cooling and the extreme temperatures.

The following are record low temperatures set or tied this morning across the southern Plains and Southwest, with the previous record in parenthesis:

–Medicine Lodge, Kan.: -17° F (-15° F, 1899)

–Dodge City, Kan.: -10° F (-5° F, 1885, 1981)

–Bartlesville Airport, Okla.: -28° F (-13° F, 1929)*

–McAlester, Okla.: -4° F (10° F, 1981)

–Midland, Texas: 5° F (13° F, 1933)

–Austin – Camp Mabry, Texas: 19° F (21° F, 1929)

–Austin – Bergstrom, Texas: 19° F (23° F, 1973)

–Del Rio, Texas: 23° F (23° F, 1973)

–Alamosa, Colo.: -24° F (-19° F, 2004)

–Cottonwood, Ariz.: 17° F (23° F, 2001)

–Victoria, Texas: 24° F (24° F, 1973)

–Topeka, Kan.: -9° F (-8° F, 1982)

–Abilene, Texas: 11° F (11° F, 1933)

–San Angelo, Texas: 12° F (12° F, 1929)

–Corpus Christi, Texas: 26° F (27° F, 1929)

*Bartlesville Airport, Okla., broke its all-time record low of 25° below zero set on Jan. 22, 1930. This also breaks the state’s all-time record low of 27° below zero, which was reached in 1905, 1930 and 1947 at various locations, according to Ferrell

By Heather Buchman, Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com

Winter one of Augusta’s coldest ever


A stretch of cold December days had Augustans bundling up. Rainier Ehrhardt/ File

chronicle.augusta.com | Feb 11, 2011

By Rob Pavey

Repeated blasts of cold air in December and a rare January snowstorm are helping to shape Augusta’s winter as the fourth-coldest on record.

“It is definitely colder than average, but still not anywhere near an all-time record-setting winter,” said Pam Knox, Georgia’s assistant state climatologist.

According to National Weather Service data collected at Augusta Regional Airport since 1942, the period since Dec. 1—the beginning of winter recordkeeping for climatologists—has yielded below-average mean temperatures each month.

In December, when two low-temperature records were set, the mean monthly temperature of 39.4 degrees was 7.5 degrees below average.

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“Augusta also set two record lows in December,” Knox said. A Dec. 8 record low of 16 degrees broke the 18-degree record low set in 1954; and a low of 10 degrees Dec. 4 broke the old record of 15 degrees, set in 1960.

No low temperature records have been set in January or February, she said, but a snowstorm, capped with ice across much of the state, helped keep temperatures lower than average.

“We’ve had snow on the ground over a lot of the state and that makes it easier to get sustained colder temperatures,” she said. “The combination of having really cold air and a thicker than usual snow cover, and then ice on top of that, keeps things colder for longer.”

The mean temperature in Augusta in January was 41.7 degrees, or 3.1 degrees below normal. February values—so far—also show a mean temperature that is 3.1 degree below average.

Cold Weather Shatters Records

KSPR | Feb 10, 2011

KSPR Chief Meteorologist Kevin Lighty

Springfield, MO – Well it has been quite the week of weather once again in the Ozarks with nearly 2 feet of snow falling yesterday and then today record shattering cold in the area. This winter is going down as one of the most active and coldest on record if we keep things going at this pace.

Take a look at the low temperatures from this morning. Obviously the -10 in Springfield stands out but also look at Camdenton with -17.

The cold weather extended further into Oklahoma where nearly 2 feet of snow fell. With all of the snow pack down there, they saw the coldest weather that they have seen EVER in the state of Oklahoma. Look at Bartlesville with the -28 low. Nowata, OK has the record now of -31. WOW!!!

Obviously record lows were broken all over the area. Springfield broke a nearly 80+ year record set back in 1929 with the morning low of -10.