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Unsettled Weather in the East; Elevated Fire Weather Conditions for Southern California

An area of low pressure moving through the Appalachians will bring moderate to heavy rainfall, strong to severe thunderstorms, and snow for much of the eastern U.S. through Tuesday. In the wake of the system, some areas in the South may see temperatures exceed 20 degrees below average. Elevated to brief critical fire weather conditions are expected in Southwest California through the week. Read More >

Overview

In late January 2019, a historic arctic outbreak brought bitterly cold wind chills and record-breaking cold temperatures to the Midwest. Many schools and some businesses and government offices were closed for three days, with USPS mail delivery even suspended on Wednesday, January 30th due to extremely dangerous wind chills. The coldest temperatures occurred on the morning on January 31st when Cotton, MN recorded a low of -56, approaching the Minnesota state record low of -60 set back in 1996. The low of -56 at Cotton, MN was the coldest temperature recorded in the Lower 48 for this entire period of cold weather!

 

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Local and national media outlets check out the official NWS Cooperative Observer temperature sensor in Cotton, MN. (Photo: NWS)