MacDonald also noted that the month usually sees about nine nights below zero degrees, but in 2019 the month had a whopping 22 nights below zero degrees. In fact, on Feb. 13, 1899, it reached a record low of -16°, a bit colder than Florida's record low on the same day. In late January 2019, one of these lobes traveled southward and stalled over central Canada and north-central United States for about a week before the upper-level flow of the atmosphere directed it over to Western Canada. On both Feb. 12, 1899, and Feb. 8, 1933, it hit -23°, a record low for the Lone Star State. On Feb. 9, 1933, it hit a record low of -66°, the same day as one of Oregon's recorded lows. [34], On February 6, the temperature in Nanaimo dropped to −6.7 °C (19.9 °F) and a wind chill of −9 °C (16 °F). And be on the lookout for other 1996 record lows on this list—that was the year a severe nor'easter dumped up to four feet of snow on many parts of the Northeast. And yet, on Jan. 7, 1971, the temperature around Hawley Lake dropped to -40°, setting the state's record for the coldest temperature ever recorded. Your support is vital to helping us provide free local news. [24], Prince George dropped to as low as −36.2 °C (−33.2 °F) with a wind chill of −43 °C (−45 °F) on February 4. Previously, 1989 held the record with 0.8 degrees. And the Show Me State demonstrated just how cold it can get on Feb. 13, 1905, with a record low of -40°. [6] As a result, February 2019 was among the coldest and snowiest on record in these regions. Put your photographic memory to the test. Vancouver Is Awesome spoke to Matt MacDonald, a meteorologist at Environment Canada, who explained just how the chilly the month was. So, how cold was it? [79][80], On January 31, the city of Flint recorded a low temperature of −14 °F (−26 °C), breaking the record for that date of −8 °F (−22 °C), set in 1963. Anyone who lives in upstate New York knows how cold the state can get. [79], Milwaukee reached record lows on January 31, with a temperature of −21 °F (−29 °C) and a windchill of −40 °F (−40 °C), with some suburbs reaching as low as −30 °F (−34 °C)and a windchill of −50 °F (−46 °C). Snibbe has won several medals in international graphics competitions and was a staff cartoonist for Enter your email address to get the best tips and advice. On Feb. 13, 1899, temperatures in Tallahassee reached a record low of -2°. Temperatures in St. Catharines dropped to −20 °C (−4 °F). [64], In the Chicago area, temperatures plummeted as low as −23 °F (−31 °C) at O'Hare International Airport on January 30, with a windchill of −52 °F (−47 °C). Alaska is famously freezing. [6] The influx of frigid air from the North Pole created high winds, and brought extreme sub-zero temperatures, further exacerbated by severe wind chill. [88] The coldest wind chill was −66 °F (−54 °C) recorded at Ponsford. On Jan. 5 of that year, the temperature reached a record low of -42°, which was 12 degrees colder than the Garden State's record low on that same date. “We see a disturbance that’s going to come down around Thursday or Friday, but there’s a lot of uncertainty,” she says. Prior to that the coldest year was 1949 with 1.1 degrees.”. Still, Hawaii's lowest recorded temperature ever is the highest of all 50 states by an impressive 14 degrees. The average historical low for Vancouver in the second week of October is 7 C. To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Good news for Delaware residents: The state's coldest temperature was recorded all the way back in 1893. People who moved to West Virginia to escape the cold were in for a surprise in 1917. There is an ice-cold wind outside, when will it warm up? The combination with a single-day 25 centimetres (10 in) snowfall was the coldest snowiest day in nearly a century. And the worst part is that this temperature happened on two consecutive days: Feb. 9 and Feb. 10. The lack of snow in many recent winters has dramatically increased the impact of the drought in California. For example, the next time you're on the verge of cursing mother nature when you wake up to see that it's 25 degrees Fahrenheit outside, you can find solace in the fact that in 1943, the temperature in Idaho was 85 degrees colder than that! [26], Vancouver recorded a temperature of −4.3 °C (24.3 °F) on February 5. [93], Following a January 27 electrical fire at the federal Metropolitan Detention Center, Brooklyn, over 1,600 inmates were held with little or no heat or electricity until power was restored on February 3. It's time to put your memories of Mother Nature to the ultimate test. [97], Grand Forks experienced a windchill value of −65 °F (−54 °C). In fact, 31.2 cm of snowfall was recorded at YVR, making it the eighth snowiest February on record.