HISTORIC COLD WEATHER FOR CENTRAL ALABAMA

This report was compiled by the National Weather Service office in Birmingham:

New record cold temperature streak set at Anniston……Record cold temperature streak tied at Tuscaloosa……Record cold temperature streak continues at Montgomery…Slightly warmer temperatures were in place this morning across all of Central Alabama, although most spots still dropped below 25 degrees. There were a few exceptions to this, with the main one being the Birmingham airport. The low this morning was 25 degrees and puts the daily sub-25 degree streak in jeopardy of continuing to record levels. The only way the streak will continue is if the temperature can drop below 25 degrees before Midnight tonight. At this point temperatures are forecast to reach into the upper teens overnight, and there is a chance that the Birmingham airport would be able to drop to 24 degrees before Midnight. So by Wednesday morning, either the streak will be over or the official total of days for Birmingham will be raised by two.

While no record low temperatures have been broken during this cold snap, the duration and strength of the cold temperatures has been historic.

Here is a look at the historical cold weather statistics at Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Montgomery, pertaining to the current cold snap. Current streaks have been updated to include Tuesday morning temperatures.

Birmingham continues to sit at a streak of 10 days in which the daily lows have dropped below 25 degrees. If the temperature does not drop to 24 degrees or less by Midnight tonight, the streak will be over. The record consecutive streak is 11 days, set in January 1940. The forecast for the birmingham airport calls for lows to fall below 25 degrees through Thursday, January 14. If the temperature tonight does drop too below 25 degrees before Midnight, then the streak by Thursday morning would be 13 days, and break the record by 2 days. Otherwise the streak will end at 10, falling one day shy.

Tuscaloosa has now recorded a streak of 10 days in which the lows have dropped below 25 degrees. This now ties the previous record consecutive streak, set in February 1958. The forecast for the Tuscaloosa airport calls for lows to fall below 25 degrees through Thursday, January 14. Which would bring the current streak to 12 days, and break the record by 2 days.

Anniston has now recorded a streak of 11 days in which the lows have dropped below 25 degrees. This streak now breaks the previous record of 10 days, set in January 2001. The forecast for the Anniston airport calls for lows to fall below 25 degrees through Thursday January 14, which would bring the current streak to 13 days, and break the previous record by three days.

Montgomery has now recorded a streak of 10 days in which the lows have dropped below 25 degrees. This 10 day streak has broken the old record of 7 days, set in January 2001. The forecast for the Montgomery airport calls for lows to fall below 25 degrees through Wednesday January 13, which would bring the new record breaking streak to 11 days, breaking the old record by four days.

Media partners are urged to convey cold weather safety tips to viewers, readers, and listeners through the duration of this cold snap.

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency is working with other state agencies and local emergency management agencies to closely monitor this dangerously cold winter weather. Citizens are urged to do their part and make sure their family, friends, pets, and homes are secure from the extreme temperatures.

For additional information on winter weather safety, visit the NWS website at www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter.

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