The average temperature for yesterday was 24 degrees F below normal. The low of -9 degrees F a the airport edged out the previous low of -8F. This morning it looks like we blew through the previous record of -5F and hit rock bottom at -9 again. I think both previous records were from 1951. Wow, that’s cold, especially for early December.
But, some parts of the world get much colder. Antarctica, which is moving into summer, is unbelievably cold. A review of the satellite temperature data shows that the world’s lowest temperature was set in August of 2010 at -135.8F. In July of this year, it came very close to a new record at 135.3 degrees F below zero.
So far this month, Flagstaff is just more that 7 degrees below average. It should warm up for the next week or so. There is a small chance of rain or snow on Thursday. I think the storm will effect eastern and southeastern parts of the state. Hopefully, we will be above freezing.