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What is the coldest temperature your area has incurred? -8F here.


Posted - January 2


  • 3039
    february 2016 there was one night where it was like -20f and with the windchill it felt like -40 This post was edited by god at January 2, 2019 4:56 PM MST
      January 2, 2019 12:18 PM MST

  • 7171
    No joke, the year I flew to pick up my mom, it was one of the coldest years on record there. My "brilliant" plan was to fly out in the morning, pick her up, and have us both back in AZ before sunset. I didn't even own a winter coat, nor did I have gloves or a hat. It was -30 with the windchill. The airports closed and I got stranded there, with my disabled mom, no supplies for her, and no place to stay. I almost cried at the desk when the airline rep told me we were stuck, but I didn't want my mom to see me freak out. :s

    I just tried to look up Phoenix stats. Apparently it's big news that we've hit our lowest temp since 2013: 30 degrees. lol The lowest ever here is apparently 17. 
      January 2, 2019 12:22 PM MST

  • 905
    In Vienna, around -7 two winters ago.  In the Minneapolis -40, at the ranch in Wyoming -42
      January 2, 2019 12:53 PM MST

  • 3356
    I think the coldest temperature I've ever seen here was 25. The record is 18. 

    It doesn't usually get below 32 during the winter. 
      January 2, 2019 1:06 PM MST

  • 2721
    I have seen it reach -1F here twice.

      January 2, 2019 1:27 PM MST

  • January 1994 it was -17.  2 feet of snow to make things worse lol.
      January 2, 2019 1:54 PM MST

  • 36314

    I am in Arizona, Phoenix area.  However, nothing compared to Chicago.  The windchill factor got to -60 below and worse.

    But I learned a thing when I moved down here.  The winters here are mild in comparison, but it really does not matter.  When you have months of heat in the double digits, when it drops down to even the 40's, it is FREEZING in comparison.

    Imagine it being 110 degrees outside and having to go into a grocery store that is air conditioned to where it is about 75 degrees?   That is a 35 degree drop in temperature in a matter of seconds.  You can get very sick that way.  I always bring a sweater to go shopping.

    So, when it goes from say 90 degrees and then drops to 40 degrees, and damp?  It is flu season.  I have been sick now for a week and want to just end it all.  This really sucks.  I got sick because I work in a dump that thinks it is a good idea to turn on an air conditioner when I am trying to work and keep the client WARM.

    What the heck sense does that even make?  It is cold outside and they turn on the air?  WHY?  So we can all get sick and stay home?  

    I just wonder where these idiot's heads are at that run this place.  

      January 2, 2019 2:47 PM MST

  • 22721
    I spent almost ten years at the Naval Base north of Chicago. I remember the blizzard of '78 and minus teens temperature. Wind chill was not used back then, but you said -60. Probably pretty close. This post was edited by Element 99 at January 2, 2019 4:56 PM MST
      January 2, 2019 3:44 PM MST

  • 36314
    No.  I didn't say that at all.

    I SAID that it dropped to at least 60 below wind chill factor.  I was passed out in the snow, drunk and was screaming in my sleep outside.  I woke my mom up and she found me outside.  I think I would have died had she not found me.  I don't know how long I lay out there.  I'm sure the angels were watching over me.

    This post was edited by TRUMP-MASTER OF NOTHING at January 2, 2019 3:53 PM MST
      January 2, 2019 3:47 PM MST

  • 22721
    Thanks for catching that.
      January 2, 2019 3:54 PM MST

  • 36314
    Why thank me for that?   I just wanted to let you know it is cold as a witch's teat in chi-town.

    Dat's all.

      January 2, 2019 4:08 PM MST

  • 22721
    Back atcha.
      January 3, 2019 7:48 AM MST

  • 743
    Back in 1996, we Baltimoreans actually experienced a wind chill of -60°F!!!  I forgot what the actual air temperature was for that day.

      January 2, 2019 3:49 PM MST

  • 2822
    So far winter has missed us with really cold temperatures.  Spring is just two months away, I stocked up with supplies expecting to be snowed in.  At least I won't have to go grocery shipping for a while. 
      January 2, 2019 4:05 PM MST

  • 10178
    Hard to say....but below freezing......Today though ,I went outside in short sleeve and it was really warm
      January 2, 2019 4:38 PM MST

  • 6114
    I’m not sure. Just pick whatever the coldest temperature you get here, and then -10 degrées on that and that’s my final answer. Cos poor me. 
      January 2, 2019 4:58 PM MST

  • 3066
    Ever? Around -20F. So far this winter, I don't think we've gotten below 15F. 
      January 2, 2019 6:24 PM MST

  • 4711
    Around -40 F (which is also -40 C). When you factor in the windchill it can feel really nippy. I live in Minnesota and in parts of the state it has gotten as cold as -60 F. 
      January 2, 2019 7:40 PM MST

  • 5850
    The significant condition in the Arizona desert is not the temperature, it is the lack of humidity. Humidity reflects heat, so when the air temp drops below skin temp your body heat radiates into the north sky and does not come back. It is possible to die of exposure at 70F because you did not seek shelter or put on a long sleeve shirt.
      January 2, 2019 10:11 PM MST

  • 36314
    I read that you described this in another answer.  I am still kind of not understanding this idea.  I'm sure you know what you are talking about, but I never knew this.  


    RU SURE????  LOL

      January 2, 2019 10:15 PM MST

  • 22721
    I have some comments on that.

    Humidity absorbs heat.
    ...north sky...? Huh?
    Die of exposure at 70? This theoretically occur if you stopped perspiring and could only happen in bright sunlight.
    Reference please.
      January 3, 2019 8:03 AM MST

  • 5850


    You've never been to a desert, have you? In summer you wear a long sleeve white shirt, unbuttoned, over a cotton tee shirt. Poly/cotton pants large anough that you need suspenders to hold them up. (Not a belt.) And cheap sneakers. You don't smoke in the daytime, and you don't talk much. 

    In the evening, if the air is warm, you take off the long sleeve shirt and maybe wear a wet towel around the neck. A smoker might smoke an entire pack between sundown and midnight, and talk up a storm while doing it.

    "A cool clear night in the desert, with a temperature of 5°C and a relative humidity of 5%. The modified Swinbank formula yields a flux of 198 w/m2, which in turn corresponds to a black body temperature of -29.9°C or a gray body temperature of -10.9°C."

    This post was edited by Not Sure at January 3, 2019 10:46 AM MST
      January 3, 2019 9:11 AM MST

  • 36314
    I live in Phoenix.  

    I don't do any of that.
      January 3, 2019 9:15 AM MST

  • 11055
    29 degrees in 1979....coldest on record
      January 2, 2019 10:18 PM MST