Coldest Ever

The picture above is a snowball fight on the steps of the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee in Feb. 1899 (from Wikipedia). The coldest temperatures ever officially recorded in Grand Rapids came during the cold wave of Feb. 1899. That Arctic blast remains the coldest ever for the U.S. The low temperature in G.R. was -23 on 2/12, and -24 on 2/13 and 2/14. Here’s the high/low temperatures in G.R. during that frigid half/month: Jan. 30 (10/M), Jan. 31 (4/-20), Feb. 1 (9/-20), Feb. 6 (18/-3), Feb. 7 (12/-15), Feb. 8 (12/-8), Feb. 9 (-3/-10), Feb. 10 (-6/-21 – coldest maximum ever in G.R.), Feb. 11 (0/-21), Feb. 12 (0/-23), Feb. 13 (2/-24), Feb. 14 (15/-24), Feb. 15 (25/0).

Here’s a list of all-time record lows set in Feb. 1899 in Michigan: -30 Muskegon, -35 Allegan, -24 Battle Creek, -36 Big Rapids, -25 Grand Haven, -41 Grayling, -35 Hart, -31 Hastings, -25 Ionia (this may have been beaten in Jan. 1994), -32 Ishpeming, -41 Lake City, -28 Manistique, -40 Newberry, -22 St. Johns, -22 S. Haven, -47 Stambaugh, -20 Three Rivers, -33 Traverse City. Four all-time state cold records still stand today after 115 years: -2 Tallahassee FL, -16 Minden LA, -39 Milligan OH, -47 Camp Clarke NE. Logan, MT dipped to -61. It’s was -10 in Dallas, TX. Here’s more and weather maps of the event. Snow fell across central Florida and the temperatures hit the 20s all the way down to Miami. New Orleans fell to 7 above and ice floes moved down the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico! The center of the monster high pressure reached 31.42″. There’s a couple of old maps here.

  This is a pic. of the Blizzard of 1899 in New York.  Accumulations from that storm included: Albany: 14.3″; Amherst, MA: 18.0″; Baltimore: 21.4″; Boston: 16.0″; Bridgeport: 22.5″; Charleston, SC: 3.9″; Concord: 13.3″; Cutchogue, NY: 14.0″; East Templeton, MA: 18.0″; Hartford: 23.5″; Keene, NH: 16.0″; New London, CT: 26.0″; New York City: 16.0″; Philadelphia: 18.9″; Portland: 18.3″; Raleigh: 17.7″; Richmond: 16.3″; Savannah: 2.0″; Washington, DC: 20.5″; and, Worcester: 13.5″

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