2013 POLAR VORTEX - Mack Samples Recalls Frigid Times

(01/05/2015)

JANUARY, 2013

By Mack Samples 1/7/2013

or much of the USA, the so-called "polar votex" with "tundra temperatures" is a new experience with sub-zero weather and record wind chill sweeping across the country, particularly for younger people.

The vortex will settle on the greater Ohio Valley Monday night, the NWS saying it is likely to break some weather records.

Low temperatures recorded in Calhoun in the late 1800s dipped to about -33. But in the last half century, temperatures in the -20 range have been recorded.

Writer Mack Samples recalled one of the last big chill downs, 36 years ago.

He recorded morning temperatures at Troy, West Virginia during the winter of 1977

January 8 - 12 below

January 11 - 2 below

January 13 - 18 below

January 17 - 18 below

January 18 - 16 below

January 19 - 2 below

January 20 - 4 below

January 23 - 10 below

January 29 - 10 below

January 31 - 4 below

"February (1977) also had some below zero temperatures. So the news media can crow all they want to about record temperatures, but I know better," Samples said.

"The following year (1978) we had seven mornings of sub-zero weather in January," he concluded.

So, wading though this chill-down, it's just a minor inconvenience.


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