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Arctic Outbreak of January 8th, 2015


A very cold arctic air mass brought morning low temperatures in the single digits and teens to Central Alabama on the morning of January 8th.  These were the coldest readings seen across Central Alabama since January 30th, 2014, when temperatures in the single digits and teens were recorded. However, the coldest temperatures for 2014 occurred at some stations earlier in the month, on January 7th.  Listed below are temperatures for some of our larger metro areas, comparing the morning lows from January 8th, 2015, with those during the arctic outbreaks of January 2014.



STATION January 8th, 2015 Low Temp. Jan. 30, 2014 Coldest Low Temp. Jan, 2014
Birmingham 8 Degrees 9 Degrees 7 Degrees Jan. 7th
Anniston 11 Degrees 5 Degrees 5 Degrees Jan. 30th
Tuscaloosa 11 Degrees 9 Degrees 9 Degrees Jan 7th, Jan 30th
Montgomery 14 Degrees 11 Degrees 11 Degrees Jan 30th


Below are some other low temperatures around the area on January 8th, 2015, and their low temperatures for January 7th, 2014.



STATION Jan 8th, 2015  Low Temp. Jan. 7th, 2014 Low Temp.
Addison -2 Degrees 2 Degrees
Hamilton 3 Degrees 0 Degrees
Talladega 8 Degrees 7 Degrees
Sylacauga 9 Degrees 7 Degrees
Calera 11 Degrees 10 Degrees
Troy 14 Degrees 12 Degrees


Finally, below are other low temperatures across Central Alabama on January 8th, 2015.  These temperatures come from a variety of sources and have not been verified for accuracy.



STATION (County) Low Temp   Station (County) Low Temp
Crudup (Etowah) 7 Degrees   Jasper (Walker) 7 Degrees
Newell (Randolph) 7 Degrees   Rockrun (Cherokee) 7 Degrees
Ashville (St. Clair) 8 Degrees   Bankhead L&D (Tuscaloosa) 8 Degrees
Centre (Cherokee) 8 Degrees   Ellisville (Cherokee) 8 Degrees
Hackneyville (Tallapoosa) 8 Degrees   Heflin (Cleburne) 8 Degrees
Manchester (Walker) 8 Degrees   Deamanville (Calhoun) 9 Degrees
Gaylesville (Cherokee) 9 Degrees   Rockford (Coosa) 9 Degrees
Auburn (Lee) 9 Degrees   Horshoe Bend (Tallapoosa) 10 Degrees
Oak Grove (Jefferson) 10 Degrees   Wadley (Randolph) 10 Degrees
Childersburg (Talladega) 11 Degrees   Clayton (Barbour) 12 Degrees
Gainesville L&D (Greene) 12 Degrees   Wilsonville (Shelby) 12 Degrees
Greensboro (Hale) 13 Degrees   Selma (Dallas) 14 Degrees


So, although it was a very cold morning in Central Alabama, it was not unprecedented.  Below is a map of morning lows across Central Alabama from January 8th, 2015.