LiveBlog: January 6th-7th Cold

By: Buckey2745 , 1:47 PM GMT on January 06, 2014

Monday, 8:38am
Temp: 3.8° Wind Chill: -18°

The temps dropped and we got that brief heavy snow last night. In all I measured 0.5" of snow. Yes, a huge bust considering a few days ago I was thinking 4", and some news outlets were reporting almost a foot.

Now we're on to the extreme cold, and as AnalogueKid pointed out, this may not reach the extreme cold that was originally predicted. Right now the forecast calls for -7° tonight, which isn't exactly the -15° we have been sold for the past few days. And of course it's no where near the -34° I saw at one point last week.

But in this scenario the base temp isn't what we need to keep an eye on. It's the wind chills. And with wind chills already worse off than -15°, it's pretty uncomfortable to be outside.

I'll post updates all day long.

Monday, 10:13am
Temp: 0.8° Wind Chill: -23°

We just hit a -23° wind chill which sounds... just... just awful. I haven't stepped outside yet because I honestly don't have a death wish. Inside you can hear the wind howling and the house creaking. My heater has been on non-stop trying to warm the house.

What's interesting is I see clearing in the sky, which wasn't expected. All along I thought we would see a layer of clouds due to the cold temps and snow pack causing a layer of moisture aloft. So what will this clearing do for us? Raise temps? Or... make them even worse overnight?

Monday, 12:47pm
Temp: -2.7° Wind Chill: -27°

We finally dropped below zero.

Monday, 4:20pm
Temp: -4.2° Wind Chill: -27°

We had a low windchill of the day of -29° around 2pm this afternoon... truly bone chilling. Temps are still slowly dropping at a rate of about a half a degree an hour.

After the sun goes down I think we may see us drop a little more before eventually leveling out. The gusty winds will do two things: give us nasty wind chills, and also help keep our base temps from dropping much lower.

I say tonight we reach -6° here in Canal Winchester. That's not close to the -15° I would have told you a few days ago, but I just don't think the worst of the arctic air makes it this far east.

UPDATE: We just hit -30° wind chill for the first time today.

Tuesday, 10:19am
Temp: -2.3° Wind Chill: -21°

We're finally on the upswing. Temperatures are climbing for the first time since late Sunday night. The temperature graph below explains it all:


That data is taken from the weather station mounted on my roof. Sunday night we peaked at 47.5°, and last night we bottomed out at -8.9°. For you non-math majors at home that is a 56.4° temperature change in almost exactly 24 hours.

That's incredible.

For comparison I went back in my records and found the coldest temperature I ever recorded on my weather station since 2007 (when I started keeping data) was -15.9° back in January 2009. But that cold wasn't bone chilling because it came with little or no wind. In fact before last night, the coldest wind chill I ever recorded was -24° on January 16th, the day before my record low temp. That wind chill was from a -11° temp and 5mph wind.

So last night's cold was much more brutal. Sure, the base temp wasn't record breaking, but I reached a low wind chill last night of -36.7° with an air temp of -8.2° and a gust of 19mph.

Before this is all over we will have gone at least 24 hours below zero and probably doubled our natural gas bill for the month.

As much as I love winter, I'm ready for just a little warm up.

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11. TheHermit43130
2:32 PM GMT on January 17, 2014
This is a neat animated gif map that shows the temperature change over time:



URL: http://i.minus.com/ibnYY0GysRnkEs.gif
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10. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
5:49 PM GMT on January 16, 2014
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9. AnalogueKid
5:46 PM GMT on January 14, 2014
Today is a somewhat rare experience in Ohio in January, having a relatively warm day along with completely clear skies. I'm getting out and enjoying it!
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8. PugetSoundPost
4:22 AM GMT on January 08, 2014
Brrrr!!! How's it going? Have you been outside in the cold very much since this started for you? Or I should say have you had to go out in it very much? Well, something for you folks to remember for awhile!
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7. Buckey2745
6:00 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
WOW... that entire month looks like a wasteland of sub zero death.
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6. TheHermit43130
5:19 PM GMT on January 07, 2014
It reached -7.8 degrees twice on my weather station last night -- once around 11PM, and again at 1AM.

Speaking of wanting a warmup, here's the temperature readings for the month of January 1977 (look towards the bottom of the page):

Link

The stretch from the 12th through the 20th looks especially brutal. That was one miserably cold month.
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5. AnalogueKid
3:45 AM GMT on January 07, 2014
My current unofficial reading:


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4. TheHermit43130
3:05 AM GMT on January 07, 2014
"coldest weather in 20 years"

I remember that 1994 MLK-weekend storm and ensuing cold snap pretty well.

First came a heavy snow of 6-8 inches, and then another of 12-16(!) inches. There was 20 to 24 total inches of snow on the ground. It was quite a sight.

After all the snow, the temperature dropped over night to around -20 in most places. However, there wasn't much wind, so pockets of super-cold air formed in low-lying areas, particularly in the valleys of the southeast.

How cold it got really depended on where you were, and what your local topography was. The official airport (KLHQ) reading for Lancaster was around -20. The airport sits on a windy plain that's a little bit higher than most of the town. All along the Hocking River valley, though, there were unofficial readings around -30, give or take a couple of degrees. Fifty or one hundred feet in elevation made a tremendous difference in the temperature.

In fact, Logan, Ohio (south of Lancaster, also on the Hocking River) recorded -39 degrees, which I believe ties the record for the coldest ever temperature recorded in Ohio.

I took a little walk that morning when it was probably around -15, and it wasn't nearly as uncomfortable then as it was this morning. The wind truly does make the cold that much worse.
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3. Buckey2745
8:37 PM GMT on January 06, 2014
That is definitely a first. PDS Wind Chill Warning?

I lived in Minneapolis for two years and had a winter where we had -50 wind chills and never got the dreaded PDS...
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2. AnalogueKid
6:17 PM GMT on January 06, 2014
NWS Minneapolis issued a PDS Wind Chill Warning, that's a new one.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
1033 AM CST MON JAN 6 2014

...HISTORIC AND LIFE-THREATENING COLD OUTBREAK CONTINUES...
...NEAR ALL-TIME COLD RECORD HIGHS EXPECTED TODAY...
...THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION...

.A WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA AND WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN THROUGH NOON TUESDAY.

THE COLDEST AIR MASS SINCE AT LEAST 1996 WILL CONTINUE TO BRING DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS TO THE REGION THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING. HIGH TEMPERATURES TODAY WILL ONLY MAKE A SMALL RECOVERY INTO THE TEENS BELOW ZERO AND WILL BE CLOSE TO ALL-TIME COLD RECORD HIGHS IN MANY LOCATIONS. THE ARCTIC COLD WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY BRISK NORTHWEST WINDS. THE COMBINATION OF THE COLD AND WIND WILL PRODUCE WIND CHILLS OF 40 BELOW TO 60 BELOW ZERO THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING.

THIS IS A LIFE-THREATENING SITUATION. WIND CHILLS COLDER THAN 50 BELOW ZERO CAN CAUSE EXPOSED FLESH TO FREEZE IN ONLY 5 MINUTES. COVER AS MUCH FLESH AS POSSIBLE WHEN VENTURING OUT.

http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzon e=MNZ060&warncounty=MNC053&firewxzone=MNZ060&local _place1=&product1=Wind+Chill+Warning
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1. TheHermit43130
5:56 PM GMT on January 06, 2014
This is the first time my weather station as seen negative temperatures since Jan 22, 2011.

I hope this cold snap finally slows down the invasion of zombie ladybugs that have been invading my house since mid-October.
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