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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published January 07 2014

Weather Talk: It was a very cold Monday morning in much of nation

Monday morning, much of this area recorded lows in the minus 20s. Although areas to our south were a touch warmer, the low did manage to drop into the minus 10s as far south as Kansas City, Denver and Chicago. Even Dallas, Texas, dropped to 15 degrees.

With so much of the lower 48 states east of the Rocky Mountains recording very cold temperatures, the average temperature for the continental United States fell to just 12.2 degrees at 9 EST that morning.

Since Jan. 1, 1979, there has been only 393 other hourly reports with an average temperature colder than that reading. There have been approximately 307,000 hours since 1979, if you are curious. Therefore, it was indeed a very cold Monday morning in much of the country.

Other recently colder periods nationally were on Jan. 12-13, 1997, Feb. 1-4, 1996 (that many of you likely remember), and Dec. 21-23, 1989.

(Data courtesy of Dr. Ryan Maue.)

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