Clam Chowdah!

Yes, it’s cold… so maybe we all ought to have some “clam chowdah,” eh?

This one get’s filed in the FUN STUFF category: My brother, Denié, with his latest foodie video on his web site on how to make a delicious (not-your-diet-menu-item) New England clam chowder!

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More Record Cold

We woke to yet ANOTHER record cold morning. The official overnight low was -5°F at Hopkins Airport, pushing out and old-vine record of -4°F set in 1873, one of the first years of official measurements for Cleveland (back then, it was downtown Cleveland before the airport, and flight, existed).

Taking into account all of the recorded weather observations for Cleveland (the old-vine downtown years AND the Hopkins years), we are currently in second place for Cleveland’s coldest February ever on record. We still have the rest of (the very cold) week to go before the final numbers are locked in, but suffice to say, we will be very close to holding on to that second place position given the very cold air for much of this week.

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Multiple Records

It’s enough that was see record-setting low temperatures, but when you see multiple records all at once, it’s even more rare.

The February 19 Cleveland record low is -4°F. If the temperature reaches -4°F or colder by midnight, we will set two records only one second apart since the February 20 Cleveland record low is -3°F. Add to THAT the record coldest maximum temperature was tied at 9°F originally set in 1885. It’s the triple whammy with a giant arctic exclamation point.

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We are currently in 4th place for the coldest February on record, but we still have over a week to see where we end up (likely in the top 6-8 coldest). Stay tuned and stay warm.

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Here We Go Again

The last nine days has pulled the February mean now into very notable territory. Remember that any deviation from normal that is greater than 2.0°F is significant.

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-12.4°F deviation puts us in the top 4 coldest Februarys on record (if the month ended today).

It will be interesting to see where we end up next Saturday, the last day of February.

The winter period started extremely cold and snowy (November), and took a one-month break from the cold in December. March is still in the future, but it certainly looks as if we will maintain a cold pattern at least into the first week or two of March.

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Temperatures are now bleeding off into the deep, arctic territory tonight. The record low for February 19 is -4°F (1963) at Hopkins Airport. If we don’t see that record broken by morning, it is likely to be broken going into Thursday evening as the coldest core prepares to invade Ohio.

The Cleveland all-time record low still stands at -20°F set on January 19, 1994, but we may approach that level by Friday morning. Stay tuned.

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Record Breaking COLD

There were many local backyards that dipped well below the -20°F mark this morning. My backyard in Novelty was one of them at -21°F. The coldest place I saw was Rome, Ohio (Ashtabula County) with -32°F. Click on the image below to see the graphic in full resolution. The complete list of overnight lows follows the graph.

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-32°F...............Rome
-26°............Saybrook
-25°.......Cherry Valley
-24°.........Hambden Twp
-21°.............Novelty
-20°.......Chagrin Falls
-19°................Stow
-18°.......N. Kingsville
-17°..............Mantua
-16°...........Montville
-16°.........Brecksville
-16°..............Geneva
-14°.............Ravenna
-13°.........Streetsboro
-12°...........Carrollton
-12°....Cleveland Hopkins
-9°..........Strongsville
-7°...........Loudonville
-7°..............Sandusky
-3°................Euclid

 

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