Coldest Weather I Have Ever Seen

It is currently -14F in Boulder and -41F across the border in Wyoming. I have never seen temperatures this cold before.

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  1. Steve Case says:

    The odds are that what we can expect as a result of global warming is to see more of this pattern of extreme cold.
                                                       Dr. John Holdren, The White House – 1/8/2014

  2. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    Thank you, Tony, for reminding us of reality.

    With Dr. Tim Ball’s trial coming up next month in Vancouver, BC for pointing out errors in Al Gore’s and the UN’s IPCC claims of AGW (anthropologic global warming). and the resignation of another AGW skeptic, Professor Judith Curry, as a faculty member at Georgia Institute of Technology, the importance of your message for society becomes increasingly important.

    The trend in totalitarian thought control in 2017 is not encouraging so far.

  3. Steve Keohane says:

    I moved to Ft. Collins in Jan of ’72. I believe the winter of 72-73 had a stretch of -15° to -20° mornings with single digit days. I had never experienced temps that cold before, but, hey, it’s a dry cold that we enjoy here. Minus eleven F on the west slope today, down 5° from 90 minutes ago at 6 am.

    • Steve Case says:

      Oh I remember the early ’70s in Milwaukee -10F at noon! And that was in the city.

    • Bytor says:

      but, hey, it’s a dry cold

      Hahaha… that’s a good one!

      In my college days living in Fargo, North Dakota, I remarked to a highschool friend who just moved there, about how it can snow without a cloud in the sky. He laughed and scoffed at me “that’s impossible”. Low and behold, that winter, during a nice sunny -20F day, it was snowing (flurries) without a single cloud in the sky. The water vapor was freezing right out of the air. And yes, talk about dry! .. everything you touch gives off static electricity shocks. Nothing dryer in the world than the middle of Antarctica, so cold it can even freeze CO2 right out of the air (dry ice).

      • wert says:

        Nothing dryer in the world than the middle of Antarctica, so cold it can even freeze CO2 right out of the air (dry ice).

        Right, if you have pure CO2 at 1 bar in -80C. But at Antarctica you have 400 ubar CO2. Not near the thing.

      • AndyG55 says:

        There were some recent vids from Russia, guys and gals throwing cups of water in the air and creating ice trails.

        Can’t find the link at the moment.

        Be very careful peeing !!

  4. Don B says:

    My thermometer in Estes Park, CO registered -23 F this morning.

  5. Pathway says:

    Six degrees (F) here in the banana belt.

    • Bytor says:

      Only 22F here in southern Nashville (at noon). Just got 2″ of snow this morning. Getting down to 10F tonight. Brrrrr… that’s pretty darned cold for middle Tennessee!

  6. garyh845 says:

    Visited the Weather Channel, on-line, last night (looking for hourly forecast). Watched a video, or three, always looking to see how much bs is flowing, and bumped into one with the headline of, “How cold can your state get?”

    Kait Parker is narrating the piece . On the screen is a map of the US showing all 50 states, with the record cold temp ever recorded in that state.

    Then she sums it up with . . “Now, a lot of these records were set back in the ’20’s and 30’s – so, it’s been a long time, but it doesn’t mean we can’t see it again.”

    Really? Absolutely not, Kait.

    So, I pulled up “Infoplease – Record lows by state,” and as I expected/knew, THC’s bias in wanting colder temperatures prior to the advent of man-made global warming supposedly takes a foothold, is the nature of the game. Note: I left Washington DC out. Here’s the count:

    4 record low state records set prior to 1900

    8 between 1901 – 1925

    13 between 1926 – 1950

    Enter the earliest consensus view of when AGW possibly becomes observable – 1950 to 1970’s . .

    8 between 1951 – 1975

    16 between 1976 – 2000 (isn’t this the ‘prize’ period of AGW?)

    and 1 after 2001.

    That’s 25 prior to 1950, and 25 after 1951, w/ 17 records after 1975.

    Sure seems to be getting warmer, Kait Parker, don’t you think?

    • Steve Case says:

      I love it when ordinary folks who are just the least little bit curious
      find stuff like that (-:

      • garyh845 says:

        Ordinary, heh? Well, that’s true – even though my lovely wife calls me Mr. Scientist, I am not. Still, you might be surprised how many stories, here and around these parts, came from this intrigued ordinary folk.

        Always enjoy your views and materials, BTW, Steve.

        PS – wish I could have found a hard link (URL) to that short video spot, but TWC is a tough nut to crack. I mailed Kate the same (but more personal) – will let know if response comes. . . you never know.

        • Gail Combs says:

          The response is to change the data. At least that is what they did the two times I called them out on their lies.

          • RAH says:

            Gail your real cold and snow is coming.

          • Gail Combs says:

            RAH, I notice as I scrubbed out my big water tanks and refilled them with water….

          • RAH says:

            Joe Bastardi says that he will have to see the -12 to believe it but he things zero is probably about right. If it did hit the -12 that would set some records for the Piedmont area.

          • Gail Combs says:

            For a low for the piedmont they keep bouncing from a low of -1F to a high of +5F

          • Down on the Space Coast it was 82 F today but we are getting a cold snap……the high will 59 F on Sunday.

            Such cold is unacceptable so I will be moving 1,200 miles south in a few weeks.

          • RAH says:

            Got down to -4 here near S. of Anderson, IN last night. Every single day this week the actual lows have been lower than the forecast and the actual highs lower than the forecast from “Accuweather”.

            Now at 09:12 it’s up to 0. I’m heading to the market to get the fixings for BLTs. The craving just can’t be ignored anymore. Then it’ll be time to clean the ash out of the fireplace and bring in more firewood to keep my better half happy for the day. I can’t blame her really. Nothing comes close to the character of the warmth one gets from a wood fire. That fire going in the fireplace produces a strong psychological reaction. It makes the house seem twice as cozy as it is without it despite the central heating and good insulation and windows. Both the cat and the dog seem to think so too. They stretch out in front of the fireplace and one of the other will come and let me know when it’s time to stoke or fuel the fire.

  7. RAH says:

    And the sun is still in slumber”

    INFO FROM SIDC – RWC BELGIUM 2017 Jan 06 12:30UTC

    A spotless Sun resulted in X-ray flux remaining at background levels and
    this is expected to remain so over the next days.
    No Earth directed CME’s have been observed in coronagraph data.
    Proton flux levels are at background levels and are expected to remain so.

    Solar wind conditions were dominated by the high speed stream associated to
    the transequatorial extension of the Southern polar coronal hole. Solar
    wind speed continued its rise in solar wind speed, that set in late in the
    previous period, to reach velocities between 650-750 km/s for most of this
    reporting period. Total magnetic field was enhanced to about 12nT before
    dropping to nominal 5nT levels around 22:00UT. Bz was variable during the
    period with occasional negative peaks down to almost -10nT. The phi angle
    showed the expected negative sector connection.
    Solar wind speed is expected to remain enhanced over the next 24-48 hour
    but gradually starting to decline later today.
    Geomagnetic conditions were mostly active (NOAA Kp 3-4, local K Dourbes
    Active periods are expected to continue to occur with also minor storm
    levels possible over the next 24-48, but under a generally decaying trend.

    • AndrewS says:

      I have been wondering about the differences in sunspot solar wind vs. coronal hole solar wind. Perhaps density is the main factor as compared to speed? Have not run across much info on this.

  8. Brian G Valentine says:

    Hillary Clinton’s “Solar Panels on Everybody’s Roof” program ought to provide some relief

  9. scott allen says:

    These 3 research papers are a nice little read and say a lot about the “SUN’s” effect on our global temperature and explain where the global warming and now global cooling come from. They actually show science and predicable climate then the current global warming/co2 models. They predict a mini ice age for the next 20 to 30 years. Most of the papers are 2-3 years old but predict a falling global temperature started in late 2016 or early 2017. and this is exactly what has happened since about may with a drop of global temperatures of .5 degrees.'s_Role_in_Climate

    • AndyG55 says:

      We need to be a bit careful. The cooling because of the quiet sun hasn’t kicked in yet.

      The drop in temps since February has been the natural drop from the EL Nino transient. A tiny bit more to go to reach pre-transient level.

      Its what happens over the rest of the year that will be interesting.

      Will it level out to the pre-El Nino level, or will there be a continuation of the decrease in temperatures.

      If the latter, it will be hilarious watching the scuttering of the AGW cockroaches. :-)

      • scott allen says:

        I agree with the El Nino/La Nina cooling and that it will amplify what the 3 papers have found.

        And if the pattern is proven it WILL be fun to watch, with an added bonus of Trump et al see how many of the promoters of AGW change sides just to get funded.

      • RAH says:

        Just wait and see how long the minima lasts. Seems to be heading for an earlier start than forecasted. Then the question is what does cycle 25 bring?

        • Gail Combs says:

          Remember solar cycle 24 took for ever to start….
          I expect an even longer minimum.

          • AndyG55 says:

            The real question is, “How much affect will this have, over time, on the temperatures on Earth, and how quickly?”

            This is the first time we have had anywhere adequate facilities to study this interaction.

            Despite the “settled science” meme.. we still have a LOT to learn.

            I have a feeling that the work of those proposing a lagged system response to solar changes are going to be proven far more correct than the people pushing the very destructive anti-CO2 agenda.

          • scott allen says:

            Joennenova website has some real interesting work as well on ozone hole global cooling and comments on why CFC were banned and why Dupont didn’t fight the ban


          • AndyG55 says:

            Guess what I’m saying is…

            even though we know cooling is far less beneficial than warming….

            let’s not be Global Cooling alarmists! ;-)

            Wait and see what happens.

          • Gail Combs says:

            AndyG and I follow Jo Nova too.

            I agree.
            Δ solar λ ==> Δ ozone ==> Δ Brewer-Dobson circulation ==> Δ Jets + wind strength ==> Δ Antarctic Circumpolar current ==> Δ Humboldt current ==> Δ ENSO

            And Δ Antarctic Circumpolar current ==> Δ currents going up the sides of Africa and South America ==> Δ Gulfstream current

            Everyone keeps ignoring Antarctic yet it was the closing of the Isthmus of Panama and the opening of Drake Passage that is thought to have caused the present Ice Age.

            Coupled climate impacts of the Drake Passage and the Panama Seaway

            How the Isthmus of Panama Put Ice in the Arctic: Drifting continents open and close gateways between oceans and shift Earth’s climate

          • Colorado Wellington says:

            Andy, I will not beat the global cooling alarm drum but I also don’t cheer when I see the temperatures drop. I want the global warming theory fanboys to be right. It would help, of course, if they were not unbearable, arrogant totalitarian assholes but that’s a different story. After all, there will always be totalitarian assholes among us and they need something to keep busy.

  10. lance says:

    Unlike most of the people, I worked in the High Arctic and lived in these sort of temps for 6 months(winters)..but agreed, in the south, not very fun!!
    Even here in Alberta, we are not as cold! -40 just sucks….

  11. Dan Kurt says:

    Winter ’68-’69 Montana East of rocky mountains:

    In Government Housing while in service: -45° F in attached garage. One car which had a head bolt heater started and drive shaft shattered as differential was frozen solid. One officer had a Mercedes 180 diesel and he kept it on idle for days so he could use the car. That winter the temperature never went above freezing for over a month. Another officer who had been stationed in Alaska said he believed that Montana had more severe weather than Alaska because Alaska was surrounded by the Pacific and Arctic oceans.

    Dan Kurt

  12. I like the NoTricksZone.

    Our present problems with cold weather may have something to do with cooling of the surface layers of certain oceans:

  13. Joe says:

    Make America Cold Again!!

  14. RAH says:

    Big trucks do strange things in the cold and wet sometimes.
    I drive a 2015 Cascadia Freightliner for a living. Was issued this tractor when it was new and have had only one major problem with it when the DEF pump for the antipollution system went out shortly after I started driving it. Other than that it’s just been lights and other minor stuff.

    As is usual over the Holiday season from Christmas eve till after New Years freight dropped off. So the truck sat for 9 days until I was called in to take a load to Dexter, MO to depart at 23:00 Wed night. I had it plugged into the 110 V maintenance circuit but noticed that the breaker on the system had kicked out sometime over the Holiday season. But the truck started right up with no apparent problems.

    So after hooking up to the loaded trailer and doing my pre-trip inspection and taking care of the paperwork and entering all the pertinent information into my E-logs to keep my employer and the authorities happy I as on my way.

    Traveling on I-70 westbound at right at the Indiana-Illinois border all of a sudden the cruise control shut down by it’s self. Then the town horn started going off by it’s self. Most big trucks have two horns. The air horn and the town horn. The town horn is like a cars horn and used in town in non emergencies and for signaling back up.

    I pulled off on the exit ramp of the Illinois weigh station to try and sort out the problem. Tried several things and when they didn’t work I shit it down using the master switch which cuts all power to everything from the batteries to the truck. It’s kind of like shutting down and unplugging a computer to reboot it. And just like that procedure you let the truck set for 10 minutes before turning back on the master switch. That didn’t work either.

    So I called the breakdown line. They told me to take off out the glove box in front of the passenger seat to access the fuse panel and pull the 5amp fuse in slot F-22. I noticed that a component of the plastic fuse box cover was out of place when I was doing this surgery by flash light.

    It worked. The town horn was disconnected. But so were the largest cluster of gauges. No readings and no lights and no Driver Information computer. I left the fuse out and decided to go on using the speed off my GPS. I left the glove box and the fuse cover laying on the passenger floor board and drove on and made my deliver in Dexter, MO.

    I departed the customer at Dexter at 09:00 to pick up my backhaul in Carbon City, IL. On the way my cruise control started working again. That’s when I figured the whole problem had been water getting into a place it shouldn’t have and causing multiple shorts. So when I got in the door to be loaded at the recycle place in Carbon City I put the 5 amp fuse back in and everything worked. I then made sure that the two plastic pieces used to cover the fuse panel were properly installed because I believe that was exactly what caused my problem in the first place.

    No problems coming home. Dealing with such Gremlins is just part of being a truck driver.

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      I’m not sure about that, RAH. Luckily, President Obama didn’t believe in 2015 that water got into the federal computer systems and sent 4M confidential personnel records to China. That’s why he evicted Chinese diplomats and shut down their facilities.

      Oh, never mind, he did that to the Russians. It must have been water working for the Chinese, otherwise the President would have retaliated.

      • RAH says:

        Oh yea, we’ve seen just how deadly serious “The One” was when he drew a line in the sand. The reciprocity for defying the edicts of “The One” are terrifying.

        I wish all the Gremlins I have had to deal with in a truck were as easy to conquer as “The One”. :-).

  15. Hang out in Gunnison for a while… -30°F not uncommon at night (I think it was -30°F every night last time I was there).

    • RAH says:

      I’ve lived and slept outside in temps like that several times. Now days I wonder how I or anyone else does that.

      • Gail Combs says:

        We were young and stupid. The first four years I went camping it was in sub freezing weather without a tent. (As a poor college student, I opted for a down bag instead of the tent. Trouble was everyone else did too.

  16. RAH says:

    What is going on here? A couple of unrelated questions:

    1Several of the posts made this morning are missing along with Tony’s post that had the NYT propaganda.

    2. And I just went to check this
    And it hasn’t updated this year.

    • Gail Combs says:

      AHHhhh, So someone else saw that happen too.

      I was beginning to wonder.

      For me Tony’s entire blog disappeared completely for about 1/2 hour.

      • RAH says:

        Same thing. Couldn’t connect to the blog. Went and did some other things and came back and that post was gone along with some of the comments I made on other threads. For example our last discussion on sunspots is gone Gail.

        • Gail Combs says:

          Seems like much of the mornings conversation was wiped.

          E.M. Smith has made comments about the fight going on at Weird-Unimpressed such as:

          E.M.Smith says:
          31 December 2016 at 10:20 pm

          Both got flagged as SPAM, and it almost certainly the URL was PC tagged by “someone” and now I’m tagging it as “OK” via fishing it out and the Truthyness Wars go on…

          There’s been a spate of this since the “Fake News” meme / fantasy / Social Manipulation push begain…

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      It was not just you. Podesta & Co. are fighting back.

  17. Fred says:

    We are close to the same age, when I was in college in the 70’s I was an avid skier and being from MI the best place to ski in the US was “out west”. Christmas break 73-74 we traveled to Steamboat Springs CO for 10 days on a trip. I distinctly remember one night the temperature was reported to have plummeted to -63ºF. The weather man reported it to be the coldest spot in north america that night. When we got up the temp was still -40ºF by the time we got to the ski slope which opened at 9am it had warmed up to -25ºF so we took the cable car and 2 very long chair lifts and one poma lift clear to the top of the mountain where it was 25ºF and sunny, literally perfect skiing conditions. We skied the top all day until 3 then started down the mountain because all the lifts closed at 4. In the middle of the mountain it started to get foggy as we descended below the cloud level and it got colder, by the time we got to the bottom it was still -25º.
    The year after I graduated college I went to visit a friend living in Durango to ski for a week and stay at his place while we were there. One night in Durango sleeping on the floor in the living room (of a trailer) we woke up freezing in the middle of the night went to the bathroom and there was ice in the toilet. Strange we thought so there was a big pot belly stove in the living room we went outside scrounged up some wood (pulled slats off a dilapidated picket fence) and huddled around the stove until it warmed up. Watched the news and the overnight temp was -54ºF, it seems the owner of our deluxe accommodations neglected to fill his propane tank it was at 5% full and it got so cold it would not give up any propane for the furnace.
    While we were in Durango we went to Telluride and skied the day but at the end of the day we had no place to stay and every bed was full, we slept in a real estate office on the floor after I fast talked the owner telling him “are you going to let us freeze to death outside?”. The over night temp was about -20ºF.
    So all in all I always thought there was nothing really abnormal for those kinds of temperatures in one of my favorite places to ski.

  18. cdquarles says:

    The coldest that I’ve seen still hasn’t been broken. The day after the Blizzard of ’93 (March!), it was -20C overnight and didn’t get much better that day. A week or two later, it was +20C.

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