Local Weather History: Cold Weather Climatology

Cold weather trivia with longest durations of cold lows & longest durations of warmer periods.

Posted: Nov 14, 2019 8:57 PM
Updated: Nov 15, 2019 10:41 PM

West Lafayette Weather Records

Purdue University 1879-1953

Purdue Ag Farm 1954-Present

Greatest # of Consecutive Days Temperature Bottomed Out At This Number..........Greatest # of Days Between Occurrences of Low at Least This Cold

Some of the rough, very cold winters show up well in this data set (1880-81; 1884-85; 1901-02; 1904-05; 1917-18; 1962-63; 1977-78; 1981-82; 1984-85; December 1989; 2017-18).  Many of the mild years show up, as well (1930s to 40s especially..........1918-19; 1929; 1931-32; 1937-1938; 1945-46; 1949-50; 2011-12).

For example, this shows that the greatest number of consecutive days with a low temperature of at least -20 is 2 & that time is February 13-15, 1905.  It would be 21,295 days later that temperatures would drop to at least -20 (the longest stretch on record).

-25 1 01/05/1884-01/06/1884...........+48,492 (Last Occurrence of -25 or Less Was January 7, 1887).

-20 2 01/04/1884-01/06/1884; 01/10-1886-01/12/1886; 02/13/1905-02/15/1905..........21195 02/15/1905-02/26/1963

-18 6 02/16/1885-02/22/1885..........9895 01/24/1936-02/26/1963

-16 3 02/16/1885-02/19/1885; 01/16/1977-01/19/1977..........9895 01/24/1936-02/26/1963

-14 3 02/16/1885-02/19/1885; 01/04/1884-01/07/1884; 01/22/1936-01/25/1936..........5487 01/25/1936-02/02/1951

-12 5 01/17/1885-01/22/1885..........5487 01/25/1936-02/02/1951

-10 7 02/16/1885-02/23/1885..........4031 01/20/1940-02/02/1951

-8 7 02/16/1885-02/23/1885...........3311 01/09/1942-02/02/1951

-6 8 12/31/2017-01/08/2018...........3309 01/11/1942-02/02/1951

-4 8 12/31/2017-01/08/2018...........1420 02/09/1906-12/30/1909

-2 9 01/21/1963-01/30/1963...........1413 02/20/1936-01/03/1940

0 11 12/15/1989-12/26/1989...........1071 01/24/1937-12/31/1939

2 12 12/14/1989-12/26/1989...........1071 01/24/1937-12/31/1939

4 14 12/12/1989-12/26/1989............747 11/29/1930-12/15/1932

6 17 01/08/1918-01/25/1918............430 01/02/1931-03/07/1932

8 21 01/26/1978-02/16/1978............387 02/03/1949-02/25/1950

10 29 01/26/1978-02/24/1978............373 01/22/1931-01/30/1932

12 29 01/26/1978-02/24/1978............373 01/22/1931-01/30/1932

14 29 01/26/1978-02/24/1978............349 02/15/1931-01/30/1932

16 29 01/26/1978-02/24/1978............349 02/15/1931-01/30/1932

18 33 01/09/1985-02/11/1985............349 02/15/1931-01/30/1932

20 33 01/09/1985-02/11/1985............305 02/21/2012-12/22/2012

22 45 01/26/1978-03/12/1978............289 02/16/1946-12/02/1946

24 45 01/26/1978-03/12/1978............268 03/01/1938-11/24/1938

26 62 01/09/1978-03/12/1978............262 03/01/1946-11/18/1946

28 62 01/09/1978-03/12/1978............254 03/11/1929-11/20/1929

30 62 01/09/1978-03/12/1978............254 03/11/1929-11/20/1929

32 80 11/11/1880-01/30/1881; 12/09/1901-02/27/1902............220 03/29/1933-11/04/1933

36 123 11/10/1981-03/13/1982..........190 04/15/2016-10/22/2016

40 158 11/11/1880-04/17/1881..........167 04/28/1919-10/12/1919

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