Coldest Christmas – 1983

Christmas Day 1983 was about ten degrees colder than any other Christmas, and largely wiped out the citrus crop. The warmest Christmas occurred 100 years ago in 1922.

27 Dec 1983, Page 1 – The Des Moines Register at

This occurred after the March 28, 1982 eruption of El Chicon in Mexico, which caused temperatures in the Lower Stratosphere to skyrocket and then plummet.

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The warmest Christmas at Dixon, Illinois occurred in 1982, and the coldest was 1983.


The summer of 1992 was the coolest on record in the US after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo on June 15, 1991. We moved to Austin, Texas in May 1992 and I came to the incorrect conclusion the summer weather there was mild.

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6 Responses to Coldest Christmas – 1983

  1. Steve Cooksey says:

    I remember that very well.

  2. arn says:

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  3. Eli the Pit Bull says:

    It’s going to get a lot colder this winter when we run out of heating oil. How’s that EV order coming along😂😂😂
    Hope y’all like $6 gas….

  4. John says:

    Wonder if this volcanoe caused the heavy rains that nearly knocked down Glen Canyon dam, and flooded the west?

  5. Mark says:

    Christmas eve I got up and started my truck to take a call to fix a computer problem in a town 15 miles from were I lived. I had ended up in a small town in western North Dakota oil patch in 1980 for the Burroughs Corp. When I started the pickup a 1985 K10 manual everything it started fine the block heater had keep it warm all night. I knew it was cold how cold well. When I let out the clutch nothing happen, I push the clutch back in and check everything and all was right so I let the clutch out and was more aggressive with the gas and the truck broke loose and ramble on. First thing I notice was the tires had flat spots. Something I knew and had expectance many time with conventual bias ply tire, But this truck had radial tire on it and radial don’t get flat spots. Well when I got to the bank an office I knew ask me do you know how cold it is outside I said no it cold but i don’t really know well it was -50 F. I have been in -40s more than once but -50 was new to me. I now live in Mesa AZ and I will take 120F over -50 F any day of the week.

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