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Chicago Nearing Record For Days Below Zero

knotgrumpy Member Posts: 211
<strong>CHICAGO (CBS) –</strong> With temperatures plunging below zero again overnight, Chicagoans were starting another work week in frigid conditions, and the city was approaching the record for number of days of subzero cold.

As Monday morning’s temperature dipped to 3 below zero at O’Hare International Airport, Chicago now has had 20 days of below zero temperatures this winter. Temperatures were even colder in the outlying suburbs, where it was up to 14 below in Aurora and McHenry, and 13 below in Kankakee.

Only six winters on record have had more days of below zero weather in Chicago: 1884-85, 1935-36, 1962-63, 1981-82, 1874-75, and 1978-79.

The record for most days of below zero temperatures was set in the winter of 1884-85, when there were 25 such days. With more than a month left until the first day of Spring, and at least one more day of subzero temperatures this week, it’s quite likely Chicago will break that record.

<a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/02/10/deep-freeze-deja-vu-chicago-nearing-record-for-days-below-zero/">http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/02/10/deep-freeze-deja-vu-chicago-nearing-record-for-days-below-zero/</a>


  • Gordy
    Gordy Member Posts: 9,546
    Just like the younger days

    That. I remember ......62/63. 78/79. 81/82

    We have been spoiled for some time some 50's winters were brutal to.
  • jacobsond
    jacobsond Member Posts: 89
    only 20 days

    50 and Counting

    Posted on February 7, 2014 by Daryl Ritchison

    Today is the 50th day with a low temperature below zero this

    season.  The long-term average is 48 such days, so we have already

    surpassed that milestone with at a good month of potential negative lows

    ahead of us.

    Perhaps even more noticeable is the fact that on 12 of those days,

    the high temperature also failed to get to 0 degrees.  The long-term

    average for below zero high temperatures is 10 such days.  Two of the

    days with a high below zero, the high was in the double digits below

    zero with the coldest being a high of -14 on December 31.  We average

    two days per winter with a high of -10 degrees or colder.  Considering

    it will become increasingly more difficult to remain that cold as our

    days continue to get longer, the odds are pretty high we will not record

    another -10 degree or lower high this winter.

    But another single digit negative high is definitely a possibility.

    How about that for cold.Most of those days the high was not above zero. Right now if it gets to +10 we call it a nice day. Cold and clear here. No ice storms roads are clear and dry. You may think we are crazy to live here in ND, but when 2 inches of snow shuts down your city and the roads become and ice skating rink just remember its cold and clear in ND with no worries.
    coming to you from warm and sunny ND