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5 Incredible Temperature Swings

Chris Dolce | TWC
Published: January 23, 2013

From 67 at Lunch to 1 at Dinner

West Texas Sunrise

A sunrise west of Amarillo in the town of Adrian. Credit: iWitness Weather contributor davpas 2.

Ahhh...a temperature of 67 degrees at noon on an early December day might give you thoughts of an outdoor lunch. If you were in Amarillo, Texas on December 12, 1919, this would've been a bad idea...unless you're a weather enthusiast.

A powerful cold front raced through the northwest Texas city during the lunch hour, ushering in cold northerly winds that dropped the temperature to 23 degrees by 1 p.m. An incredible plunge of 44 degrees in one hour!

It got even worse through the afternoon and early evening. In fact, by the time people were cleaning up from dinner around 7 p.m., it was only one degree above zero.

It's back to the Sooner State for a record-breaking temperature rise just a couple of years ago.


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