KENTON — The actual temperature at Kenton, located in the far western Oklahoma Panhandle, plummeted to minus 19 degrees late Wednesday, setting a record low for Oklahoma Mesonet weather stations. Bob and Jane Apple, who live on a ranch 3 miles east of the community and operate a bed-and-breakfast in Kenton, have their own numbers. With about 200 head of cattle, they are breaking ice about 8 inches deep. They said they are wearing four to five layers of clothing to stay warm outside. Many people know the area because of Black Mesa, where the altitude is 4,973 feet, the highest elevation in the state. The Apples reside about 6 miles from New Mexico and 4 miles south of Colorado. The Apples live in a trailer at the ranch, Jane Apple said. But since Monday, they have moved into the house next door, which is occupied by Jane Apple’s 98-year-old mother, Ina K. Labrier. They only have about 3 inches of snow, she said, but the temperatures are the biggest challenge. In terms of work, one of the biggest challenges is keeping water available for cattle. And that’s a challenge throughout much of the state. Jane Apple said the tanks, ponds, creeks and the Cimarron River in their area are frozen. The temperature at Kenton hasn’t been above freezing since 8 p.m. Sunday, according to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. Bob Apple has to make frequent trips out with an ax to break the ice to get to the water. But that’s just one of the issues. “One of our neighbors said last night that one of their pipes broke,” Jane Apple said of another problem being experienced in many areas of the state. “It’s hard to keep all the pipes thawed. You’ll think you’ve got them pretty well winterized and everything, and it freezes up.” Besides ranching, the Apples rent cabins to tourists, and they are hoping those cabins don’t have frozen, broken pipes. The reading of minus 19 degrees at 11 p.m. Wednesday at Kenton broke the Oklahoma Mesonet record of minus 15 degrees set on Dec. 8, 2005, at Kenton. The Mesonet, which began in 1994, has 120 stations throughout Oklahoma. The Nowata Mesonet station, in the northeast, reached a low actual temperature of minus 18 degrees at 8 a.m. Thursday. In the Oklahoma City metro area, the Mesonet station at Guthrie had a low of minus 2, while Spencer dipped to minus 1 Thursday. On Tuesday at Boise City, the wind chill was minus 36 degrees, the lowest wind chill recorded by a Mesonet station. The Mesonet numbers are just records for that weather network. The coldest official actual temperatures recorded in Oklahoma were minus 27 degrees at Vinita on Feb. 13, 1905, and at Watts on Jan. 18, 1930.