By Gary McManus, state climatologist:
Lows the last couple of days have plunged into records for some parts of the state … for March! Buffalo reached a record low of -7 degrees yesterday, which also tied for the coldest reading ever on March 3rd in Oklahoma, dating back to the 1890s or so.
Here are those “lowest lows” records for March 3 … move over 1943 and 1960.
The lowest temperature ever recorded in March in Oklahoma was -18 degrees, from what I can dig around
and find. That occurred back on March 6, 1948.
-7 HOOKER 1943
-7 BUFFALO (Mesonet) 2014
-6 BEAVER 1960
-6 BOISE CITY 2 E 1960
-6 REYDON 2SSE 1960
-6 ALVA (Mesonet) 2014
-5 CHEROKEE (Mesonet) 2014
-5 SLAPOUT (Mesonet) 2014
-5 MEDFORD (Mesonet) 2014
-5 GAGE 1960
-5 GOODWELL 1960
-5 MUTUAL 1960
-5 TAHLEQUAH 1943
-5 WATTS 1943
Add the wind and the wind chills were even worse yesterday, obviously. While many of the Mesonet wind sensors were encased in ice (and therefore not able to provide a wind for the calculation of wind chills), we still saw the values drop to as low as -20 degrees at Buffalo.
What’s more, the 15 degrees recorded as highs at Alva and Breckinridge tied the all-time record for that particular parameter, matching the 15 degrees recorded for a high at Alva back in 1960.