Brrrr… Temps fall below zero

December 14th, 2010 at 3:27 pm by under Uncategorized, Weather

This morning’s temperatures were the coldest the area has seen since last February. Almost all of our western counties fell below zero. In Wautoma the mercury dropped to -16°.

But for parts of western Wisconsin it was even colder. Eau Claire fell to -22°!

It’s not too uncommon for that part of the state to see the extreme cold. In Eau Claire they see more than 30 days below zero each year. It’s even colder, or worse depending on your preference, in Rhinelander. On average, they have more than 40 days below zero annually.

In that part of the state, lows will generally drop to -25° or -30° at least once a year. Further south there is some improvement. Green Bay’s coldest temperature of the winter generally falls between -15° and -20°.

Our record low, from 1888 is -36°. The states record comes from Couderay, located in northwest Wisconsin. During a cold snap in February of 1996, Couderay plummeted to -55°.

Meteorologist Andrew Thut

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