5th coldest day in U.S. since 2000December 7th, 2013 at 12:04 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Click on the images to enlarge. The image on the left is snowcover across the U.S. and southern Canada this morning. According to the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center the U.S. had a 55.5% snow cover this morning. The 2nd image to the right is what the snow cover was last year on this date (12/7/12). Only 10% of the U.S. had a snow cover. The average U.S. temperature at 9 am this morning was 14.5 degrees, the fifth coldest hour since the year 2000. Note the range of temperatures from 79.9 to -43.5. Lake Michigan made a big difference last night, warming the air coming across the lake. Low temperature contrast this morning: Green Bay 0, Frankfort 17 – Milwaukee 4 (at Mitchell Field – 2 at Timmerman) and 19 in Grand Rapids – 9 in Chicago and 21 at South Bend. It was -11 at Wakefield and Champion in the U.P., -16 in Rhinelander WI, -39 at Jordan and Havre MT, -35 at Miles City MT (broke their record low by 12 degrees) -13 in Denver (3rd straight morning with lows below -12), 20 in Seattle, 15 in Eugene OR, 33 Tucson AZ, -5 at Dodge City KS, -24 Valentine NE. 5.4″ of snow fell just northwest of Redding CA. Here’s the record temperature map…warm in Florida and Alaska, cold in-between. I’m watching the SMU Football game on ESPN…there’s NOBODY THERE (est. 500, probably many of those family of the players)! – They announced that tickets were free! SMU cancelled their basketball game. College basketball games were also cancelled in Fort Worth, Memphis and Tulsa. The is the coldest temperature (24) that the Univ. of Central Florida has ever played in! There were 270,000 without power in the Dallas area after a major snow and ice storm. It won’t get out of the 20s in Dallas today. The Dallas Marathon was cancelled.