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How cold was it yesterday? Gary McManus, state climatologist with the answer...

by Bryan Painter Published: March 4, 2014
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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.

 

http://ticker.mesonet.org/archive/20140304/yesterdays-lows.png

 

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.

 

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-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.

 

http://ticker.mesonet.org/archive/20140304/yesterdays-windchills.png

 

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.

 

http://ticker.mesonet.org/archive/20140304/yesterdays-highs.png

 

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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