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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
918 AM CST WED FEB 18 2015 /1018 AM EST WED FEB 18 2015/

...COLD HARD STATS ABOUT THE CURRENT COLD SNAP IN CHICAGO...

THIS MONTH HAS BEEN NO STRANGER TO BITTERLY COLD WEATHER.
HOWEVER...THE CURRENT ARCTIC BLAST HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE RARE IN
ITS SEVERITY FOR SO LATE IN THE SEASON.

THE HIGH TEMPERATURE SO FAR TODAY IN CHICAGO AS OF 9 AM HAS BEEN 8
DEGREES. IF THE TEMPERATURE THE REST OF THE DAY DOES NOT GET ANY
HIGHER THAN 8 DEGREES...THIS WILL BE WITHIN THE TOP 10 COLDEST
HIGH TEMPERATURES IN CHICAGO ON FEBRUARY 18TH OR LATER. THURSDAY
IS LIKELY TO BE EVEN COLDER THAN TODAY...POSSIBLY NOT GETTING OUT
OF THE MID POSITIVE SINGLE DIGITS.

COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURES IN DEGREES F 2/18 OR LATER
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1) -2   2/23/1889

2)  0   2/18/1936

3)  3   2/21/1963

4)  6   2/18/1903

5)  7   2/20/1896
        2/23/1910

7)  8   3/3/1873
        2/24/1889
        2/22/1901
        2/18/2006

POTENTIAL FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE SINGLE DIGIT HIGH TEMPERATURES
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IF THE HIGH TEMPERATURE FAILS TO REACH 10 DEGREES TODAY AND
THURSDAY IN CHICAGO...THIS WILL BE THE LATEST OCCURRENCE ON RECORD
OF TWO CONSECUTIVE HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE SINGLE DIGITS.

THE CURRENT RECORD FOR LATEST OCCURRENCE OF TWO CONSECUTIVE
SINGLE DIGIT HIGH TEMPERATURES WAS BACK ON FEBRUARY 16-17 1958.

2/16: HIGH OF 4 DEGREES
2/17: HIGH OF 6 DEGREES

LOW TEMPERATURE RECORDS AT RISK ON FEBRUARY 19TH
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RECORD LOW:      -7 SET IN 1936
RECORD COLD HIGH: 9 SET IN 1936

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RC






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