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Severe Weather Wednesday; Tropical Storm Cristobal; Dangerous Heat Over the Southwest

Clusters of strong to severe thunderstorms are possible Wednesday from parts of the northern and central Plains east into the northern Mid Atlantic. Tropical Storm Cristobal will meander over the Bay of Campeche before lifting north across the Gulf of Mexico on Friday. Excessive heat is forecast Wednesday and Thursday over the Desert Southwest including Phoenix and Las Vegas. Read More >

Freeze Summary for Dallas/Fort Worth        Click Here for Waco

Average Number of Freeze Days (1981-2010):

DFW - Freezes (1981-2010)

 

First and Last Occurrences (1898-2019*):
  • Average date of first freeze: November 22
  • Average date of last freeze: March 12
  • Earliest freeze: Oct 22, 1898 (31°F)
  • Latest freeze: Apr 13, 1997 (32°F)
                         Apr 13, 1957 (30°F)
  • Latest first freeze: Jan 4, 1972 (21°F)
  • Earliest last freeze: Jan 8, 2017 (20°F)

      * data through the winter of 2018-2019

Most and Fewest:
  • Most in a season: 62 (1977-1978)
  • Most in a calendar year: 64 (1978)
  • Fewest in a season: 11 (2016-2017)
  • Fewest in a calendar year: 9 (1931)
  • Most in a month: 27 (Jan 1978, Jan 1940)
  • Most by month...
    • October - 3 (1925)
    • November - 12 (1959)
    • December - 21 (1989, 1963)
    • January - 27 (1978, 1940)
    • February - 21 (1978, 1905)
    • March - 10 (1965)
    • April - 2 (1957, 1920)
  • Greatest number of months in a season with at least one freeze: 7
    1898-1899 - October, November, December, January, February, March, April
  • Only month to record both 32°F and 100°F: Mar 1916 (25°F on the 3rd and 100°F on the 21st)
  • Most consecutive hours below freezing: 295 (7 am Dec 18 - 2 pm Dec 30, 1983)
  • Most consecutive hours at or below freezing: 295 (7 am Dec 18 - 2 pm Dec 30, 1983)

 

 
Most Consecutive Hours Below Freezing
295 hrs 7 am Dec 18 - 2 pm Dec 30, 1983
178 hrs 1 am Jan 23 - 11 am Jan 30, 1948
170 hrs 9 am Feb 1 - 11 am Feb 8, 1905
158 hrs 12 am Jan 27 - 2 pm Feb 2, 1951
139 hrs 5 pm Jan 3 - 12 pm Jan 9 1942
136 hrs 6 pm Jan 30 - 10 am Feb 5, 1996
Most Consecutive Hours at or Below Freezing
295 hrs 7 am Dec 18 - 2 pm Dec 30, 1983

211 hrs

3 pm Jan 15 - 10 am Jan 23, 1930

178 hrs 1 am Jan 23 - 11 am Jan 30, 1948
170 hrs 9 am Feb 1 - 11 am Feb 8, 1905
163 hrs 5 pm Jan 16 - 12 pm Jan 23, 1978
158 hrs 12 am Jan 27 - 2 pm Feb 2, 1951
 139 hrs* 5 pm Jan 3 - 12 pm Jan 9 1942
137 hrs 5 pm Jan 30 - 10 am Feb 5, 1996
*  An additional 58 hours occurred from 6 am Jan 1 to 3 pm Jan 3, 1942.  The temperature climbed to 33 degrees at 4 pm on Jan 3.  Combined with the 139 hours above, this makes a total of 197 inconsecutive hours.