With just a few days left in meteorological winter, bitter cold continues in the eastern United States, where Tuesday morning lows were running 30 to 40 degrees below average from Indiana to New England. For some, it was the coldest morning on record so late in the season.
In addition to setting a new record low, the zero-degree reading in Bridgeport, Conn., was the coldest so late in the season. At minus-8 and minus-4, Windsor Locks, Conn., and Harrisburg, Pa., also had their coldest mornings so late in the season on Tuesday.
The western suburbs of Washington had their coldest morning in nearly two decades. Dulles International Airport set a record low of minus-4 degrees, which broke the previous record set in 1967 by 18 degrees. A little more than 100 miles west of the D.C. area, Canaan Valley, W.Va., bottomed out at minus-20 degrees.
Record daily low of -4 this morning at Dulles is also the coldest temperature observed at Dulles since Feb 6 1996.— NWS Baltimore-Washington (@NWS_BaltWash) February 24, 2015
According to the National Weather Service, 67 record lows have been broken on Monday and Tuesday.
In Syracuse, N.Y., the temperature has dropped below zero on 20 days since Jan. 1, which is a new record. The previous record of this extremely cold nature was set back in 1948.
If that’s not cold enough for you, Bangor, Maine, is well on track to see its coldest month on record. Really, it is going to blow the old record out of the water by an incredible two degrees, which may not seem like much, but in the realm of monthly records, it’s a landslide.
Such was the extent of the cold that the average temperature across the Northeast was minus-16 Tuesday morning. And on Mount Washington in New Hampshire, the morning low temperature sank to minus-35 degrees, with a wind chill of minus-88.
Record lows set today (New Record/Old Record-Year of Old Record):— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) February 24, 2015
The record low temperature for this date was tied for Providence with a temperature of -3. The record was originally set in 1907.— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) February 24, 2015
A new record low set for Hartford CT this morning with site BDL getting down to -8.— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) February 24, 2015
The old record was -4 set in 1907.
All-Time Record Low for February 24 (Not January 24) of -3 at 516 am breaks the 115-year-old record of -1 in 1900!— NWS Indianapolis (@NWSIndianapolis) February 24, 2015