Monday was No. 24 on charts of coldest days in local history

Monday was No. 24 on charts of coldest days in local history

CHAMPAIGN — Print up the T-shirts. You lived through one of the 24 coldest days in Champaign-Urbana weather history.

Monday's high temperature was minus 3 degrees and the low was minus 14, making the mean temperature minus 8.5 degrees — the 24th-coldest day since weather records first were kept here in 1888, according to State Climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey.

It also was one of 28 days in local weather history when temperature readings never exceeded zero, according to the water survey. The last time was Jan. 15, 2009, when, like Monday, the high was minus 3 and the low was minus 14.

Of those 28 days when readings never reached above zero, 17 were in January. Two occurred on consecutive days in January 1977.

Also Monday, Champaign-Urbana established records both for the coldest high temperature and the coldest low on Jan. 6. The previous records, both in 1912, were a high of minus 1 and a low of minus 10.

The coldest wind-chill reading in Champaign-Urbana on Monday, according to the National Weather Service, was minus 41. Danville's lowest wind chill that day was minus 40. The coldest wind chill in central Illinois that day was minus 44 in Bloomington. That also was the location of the coldest air temperature, minus 17.

Tuesday's "warmup" — with readings above zero by noon — meant no records for Jan. 7. The low Tuesday was minus 13 at 1:36 a.m. The record low for Jan. 7 is minus 22, set in 1912.

The mercury stayed below zero in Champaign-Urbana for approximately 36 hours, however, from around 11 p.m. Sunday to noon Tuesday.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a quick moderation in temperatures, with highs near 40 degrees from Friday through at least Monday. For the next two weeks, according to the weather service's Climate Prediction Center, temperatures in East Central Illinois will be near normal.

Based on mean temperature measurements, the coldest days in local weather history were Dec. 24, 1983, and Feb. 9, 1899. On both days, the mean temperature was minus 16.

The coldest reading ever locally was minus 25, reached four times: in 1899, 1905, 1994 and 1999.

Zero or below

The 28 days in Champaign-Urbana history when the temperature didn't exceed zero, followed by the highs and lows those days:

Feb. 8, 1895: -1 / -21

Jan. 25, 1897: -2 / -15

Feb. 9, 1899: -7 / -25

Feb. 12, 1899: -5 / -20

Feb. 13, 1905: 0 / -25

Jan. 6, 1912: -1 / -10

Jan. 7, 1912: -3 / -22

Jan. 12, 1918: -2 / -21

Jan. 21, 1924: -2 / -17

Feb. 9, 1933: 0 / -13

Jan. 23, 1936: -3 / -21

Jan. 23, 1963: 0 / -14

Jan. 29, 1966: -1 / -11

Jan. 15, 1972: -4 / -12

Jan. 16, 1977: -6 / -17

Jan. 17, 1977: -2 / -20

Jan. 10, 1982: -5 / -23

Dec. 23, 1983: -3 / -14

Dec. 24, 1983: -12 / -20

Dec. 25, 1983: -3 / -15

Jan. 20, 1985: -4 / -24

Dec. 21, 1989: -4 / -16

Dec. 22, 1989: -4 / -16

Jan. 15, 1994: -5 / -14

Jan. 18, 1994: -10 / -21

Feb. 2, 1996: 0 / -11

Jan. 15, 1996: -3 / -14

Jan. 6, 2014: -3 / -14

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