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Winter Won't Give Up: Now 18 States With All-Time Record March Cold

Chris Dolce and Nick Wiltgen
Published: March 6, 2014

All-time record lows were broken in parts of upstate New York Thursday morning, bringing the total number of states recording unprecedented March cold to at least 18.

Rochester, N.Y. dropped to 9 degrees below zero Thursday, breaking the city's all-time March low of 7 below zero set March 8, 1999; March 13, 1885; and March 5, 1872.

Extensive and deep snow cover across northeastern North America has helped keep frigid temperatures locked in across a large part of the U.S. unusually late this winter. Tuesday saw a handful of March record lows in the Northeast, and dozens of all-time March records have been broken across the Midwest and South as well.

In Baltimore, the low temperature Tuesday morning dipped to 4 degrees, breaking the all-time coldest March low temperature on record – previously 5 degrees on March 4, 1873.

Atlantic City, N.J. broke its record coldest March low temperature late Monday night, dipping to a shivering 2 degrees. The actual location of this record is at the Atlantic City International Airport, which is located just inland from Atlantic City in Pomona, N.J.

Dulles International Airport, just west of Washington, D.C., reached 1 degree below zero Tuesday morning, tying the all-time March low previously set after the Superstorm on March 15, 1993. However, weather records at Dulles have a relatively short history, only dating back to 1962.

In Charlottesville, Va. the low temperature bottomed out at 1 degree above zero Tuesday morning, shattering the city's all-time March record low of 7 degrees.

Below are some of the other records and notable temperatures recorded during this extreme cold spell.

All-Time March Record Lows

  • All-time March lows set late Monday night or Tuesday morning at Baltimore; Atlantic City, N.J.; Dulles Airport in Virginia; and Charlottesville, Va. (See above.)
  • Flint, Mich. reached 16 below zero Monday morning, March 3, breaking the March record of -12 set March 2, 1978. Rockford, Ill., reached
  • Rockford, Ill. reached 11 below zero Monday morning, March 3, tying the March record set March 1, 1962.
  • Billings, Mont. reached 21 below zero Sunday, March 2, breaking the March record of -19 set March 4, 1989 and March 6 and 7, 1951.
  • Pierre, S.D. reached 20 below zero both Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2, breaking the March record of -19 set March 11, 1998.

All-Time March Record-Cold Daily Highs

Records are arranged by day, starting with the record broken by the greatest margin and ending with ties.

Tuesday, March 4:

  • Lake Charles, La.: High of 35 broke the March record of 37 set March 1, 1962.
  • Lafayette, La.: High of 36 broke the March record of 37 set March 6, 1989.
  • Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas: High of 37 tied the March record set March 5, 1989.

Monday, March 3:

  • Longview, Texas: High of 26 broke the March record of 30 set March 12, 1948.
  • Little Rock, Ark.: High of 27 broke the March record of 30 set March 19, 1965; March 5, 1960; and March 9, 1932.
  • Tyler, Texas: High of 26 tied the March record set March 5, 1989.
  • College Station, Texas: High of 32 tied the March record set March 5, 1989.
Background

Record Cold Highs Sunday

Record Cold Highs Sunday

Record Cold Highs Sunday

Record Cold Highs Sunday

Sunday, March 2:

  • Kansas City: High of 5 broke the March record of 11 set March 4, 1978.
  • St. Joseph, Mo.: High of 4 broke the March record of 9 set March 4, 1960.
  • Salina, Kan.: High of 9 broke the March record of 14 set March 4, 1960.
  • Rochester, Minn.: High of 3 below zero broke the March record of 0 set March 10, 1948.
  • Dubuque, Iowa: High of 3 broke the March record of 6 set March 16, 1900 and March 6, 1899.
  • Concordia, Kan.: High of 5 broke the March record of 8 set March 10 and 11, 1948.
  • Waterloo, Iowa: High of 1 below zero broke the March record of 1 set March 1, 1962.
  • Norfolk, Neb.: High of 0 broke the March record of 2 set March 10, 1948.
  • Eau Claire, Wis.: High of 1 broke the March record of 3 set March 2, 1943.
  • Sioux City, Iowa: High of 2 broke the March record of 3 set March 10, 1948.
  • Omaha, Neb.: High of 4 broke the March record of 5 set March 10, 1948 and March 18, 1923.
  • Lincoln, Neb.: High of 5 broke the March record of 6 set March 10, 1948 and March 18, 1923.
  • Moline, Ill. (Quad Cities): High of 7 broke the March record of 9 set March 6, 1899.
  • Dodge City, Kan.: High of 5 broke the March record of 6 set March 13, 1880.
  • Topeka, Kan.: High of 8 broke the March record of 9 set March 4, 1960.
  • Rockford, Ill.: High of 9 broke the March record of 10 set March 8, 1932.
  • Billings, Mont.: High of 4 below zero tied the March record set March 6 and 8, 1951.
  • Des Moines, Iowa: High of 2 tied the March record set March 10, 1948.
  • La Crosse, Wis.: High of 3 tied the March record set March 6, 1899.

Saturday, March 1:

  • Grand Forks, N.D.: High of 11 below zero broke the March record of -6 set March 23, 1974.
  • International Falls, Minn.: High of 9 below zero broke the March record of -7 set March 23, 1974.
  • Fargo, N.D.: High of 8 below zero broke the March record of -7 set March 10, 1948.

Other Early March Notables

  • Green Bay, Wis., reached 24 below zero Monday, marking its coldest temperature of this winter, 2nd-coldest March temperature on record, and its coldest low on any day since Feb. 4, 1996.
  • La Crosse, Wis., reached 21 below zero Monday, also marking its coldest temperature of this very cold winter season.

Bitterly Cold Late February Temperatures

Several cities set impressive record lows in late February.

On Thursday, Feb. 27, Houghton, Mich. and Marquette, Mich. recorded their latest subzero high temperatures on record. International Falls, Minn. set a daily record low temperature of -36 degrees. It was also the third coldest reading so late in the season in the city, only beat out by -37 degrees Feb. 28, 1962 and -38 degrees on March 1, 1962.

Friday morning, Feb. 28, daily record lows were set in Gaylord, Mich. (-29 degrees), Green Bay, Wis. (-21 degrees), Flint, Mich. (-16 degrees), Grand Rapids, Mich. (-12 degrees) and Toledo, Ohio (-7 degrees), to name a few locations. For Gaylord and Flint, Friday's lows were also the coldest temperatures ever recorded so late in the season. Newberry, Mich. dipped to an incredible -41 degrees Friday morning.

MORE: Most Extreme Temperatures in Each State

#50: Hawaii

#50: Hawaii

Hawaii has the nation's narrowest temperature range of any state thanks to is tropical location surrounded by water. The state record high was set in April 1931, and the state record low was set in May 1979 at an elevation of 13,733 feet.

  • #50: Hawaii
  • #49: Florida
  • #48: Delaware
  • #47: Georgia
  • #46: Louisiana
  • #44 (tie): South Carolina
  • #44 (tie): Rhode Island
  • #43: Mississippi
  • #42: Connecticut
  • #41: Alabama
  • #40: Virginia
  • #39: Massachusetts
  • #38: Texas
  • #36 (tie): New Jersey
  • #36 (tie): North Carolina
  • #35: Tennessee
  • #32 (tie): Maryland
  • #32 (tie): West Virginia
  • #32 (tie): Arkansas
  • #30 (tie): Kentucky
  • #30 (tie): Oklahoma
  • #28 (tie): Ohio
  • #28 (tie): Indiana
  • #26 (tie): Pennsylvania
  • #26 (tie): Illinois
  • #25: Maine
  • #24: New Hampshire
  • #23: Vermont
  • #22: Missouri
  • #21: New York
  • #20: Kansas
  • #19: Michigan
  • #17 (tie): Iowa
  • #17 (tie): Nebraska
  • #16: Washington
  • #15: Utah
  • #14: Arizona
  • #13: Wisconsin
  • #12: New Mexico
  • #11: Oregon
  • #8 (tie): Colorado
  • #8 (tie): Minnesota
  • #8 (tie): Nevada
  • #6 (tie): Idaho
  • #6 (tie): South Dakota
  • #5: California
  • #4: Alaska
  • #2 (tie): North Dakota
  • #2 (tie): Wyoming
  • #1: Montana

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