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By: Buckey2745 , 1:47 PM GMT on January 06, 2014
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.
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?
Temp: -2.7° Wind Chill: -27°
We finally dropped below zero.
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.
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.
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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