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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published February 14 2014

Weather Talk: Winter’s been consistently cold but without extremes

The past 21 days have all recorded a low temperature below zero. Although nowhere near the record of 44 straight days set in early 1936 (with 37 of those days recording a high and low at 0 degrees or lower), it has still been historically a very impressive stretch.

In the past, we have recorded numerous instances of mostly below-zero lows for periods of three weeks, but usually the streak is broken with one or two nights being slightly above zero. Another interesting feature of the negative streak of the past three weeks was the lack of extreme cold. Long periods of below zero often lead to at least one or two nights near a record low, but that was not the case this time.

In many ways, this winter reminds me of the summer of 2011, which was one of the warmest on record. But the summer of 2011 had no extremely hot days – just a lot of persistently above-average weather.

This winter has recorded no extremely cold temperatures, but it has certainly been consistently below average.

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