We don't have the all clear yet with dangerously cold temperatures continuing through mid-afternoon but I can say THE WORST IS OVER! The actual air pressure outside right now is 30.77 inches as of 10 a.m. and this speaks volumes as to what is happening. This is one of the strongest high pressure systems Lafayette has seen in years and it helped to bring us our coldest temperatures since the 1990s over the past couple of days. I understand people woke up not believing what their thermometers were reading. Well you can believe it! There was nothing wrong with your thermometers and our weather team was proud because we were the only ones showing possible lows in the -20s for our viewing area. It has something to do with paying close attention to the people instead of the models! I appreciate all our weather watchers and weather bloggers that helped to keep us ahead of this historic cold outbreak! So here are the numbers you have been waiting for:
-21 Southside of Lafayette
Other incredible lows of note:
-19 Purdue Airport
North Pole, Alaska: 39 degrees above zero
Typical temp. of meat locker: 36
Avg. Temperature of household freezer: 0
That is right we were 60 degrees colder than
parts of Alaska this morning and about 20 degrees
colder than our freezers. This gives new meaning to
nature putting us in a deep freeze!
The old record low for our area was -20 set back in 1972 at the Purdue Airport. So while officially we did not break the record at that location this morning it is still safe to say that we still shattered dozens of records across the viewing area, including Tippecanoe County. The days of using the airports as the official measuring stick of how extreme the weather actually is are indeed over thanks to extensive weather watcher networks and great bloggers like you. This is why you have to be very careful when looking at so-called official weather data at only airports when trying to determine climate trends. It simply does not work.
Stay warm and get ready for above zero weather coming our way this afternoon and temperatures up to 50 degrees warmer by later Saturday. But there is a catch! There always is with Indiana weather. I will be back to talk more about this and how the Arctic Outbreak 2009 stacked up to our other arctic outbreaks. Meteorologist Stepanie Davis and I again thank you for all your help! This time I really am serious about printing up some T-shirts saying how we survived this cold air outbreak. Send in some ideas and let's all follow through on it! Word out of Illinois is that they did set an all-time record low yesterday in Rochelle at -37! Simply amazing! Here at home we did not get close to our state record low of -36 set in New Whiteland, but it felt every bit as cold! Now back to my kids. They are out of school for their second consecutive day! My hats off to TSC and other schools for putting safety first! Its time to head to the gym!