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Richmond's coldest days of the 2000s

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*****UPDATE REQUIRED FOR JANUARY 2017*****

The upcoming cold shot looks to deliver some of the coldest temperatures of the last few years. Here is a look at the coldest high temperatures as well as the coldest low temperatures recorded at Richmond since 2000.

 

Coldest Highs (25°F or below)

21°F February 20, 2015

22°F January 7, 2014 and January 25, 2004

23°F February 19, 2015, January 22, 2014, January 16, 2009, and January 23, 2003

24°F January 8, 2017, January 7, 2017, January 26, 2004 and January 10, 2004

25°F January 24, 2014, January 19, 2005, December 20, 2004 and January 18, 2003

 

Coldest Lows (10°F or below)

-1°F January 28, 2000

0°F  January 9, 2017

2°F January 8, 2017

4°F  February 21, 2015, February 20, 2015, January 30, 2014 and January 17, 2009

7°F January 23, 2014

8°F January 24, 2005 and January 18, 2003

9°F  February 14, 2016, February 19, 2015 and January 22, 2000

10°F January 22, 2014, January 7, 2014, March 4, 2009, January 28, 2003 and January 29, 2000

 

It will be interesting to see how the cold shot stacks up with recent years.

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Here is a list of the coldest daily high temperatures since official temperature records began at RIC in 1897.

 

Richmond's Coldest High Temperature (20°F or below)

11°F February 12, 1899, February 11, 1899

12°F January 19, 1994, January 9, 1970, February 13, 1899

13°F December 30, 1917

14°F December 25, 1983, February 18, 1979, February 10, 1899

15°F January 21, 1985, February 9, 1934

16°F January 11, 1982

17°F January 17, 1977, December 31, 1917, January 28, 1897

18°F February 4, 1996, January 29-30, 1966, January 8, 1942, January 2, 1918, January 13, 1912

19°F December 22, 1989, January 18, 1977, January 26, 1961, February 17, 1958, December 26, 1914

20°F January 20, 1994, January 16, 1972, January 8, 1970, December 19, 1919, January 6, 1912

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The following table provides the number of days where the temperature dropped below 10°F for each season since 1930. Although not currently forecasted, there does remain a possibility that temperatures at Richmond could fall into the single digits on two consecutive days. Should this occur, it will be the first winter since 1999-00 with two or more such lows.

Threshold Exceedance Summary

Station: RICHMOND INTL AP 
State: VA 
ID: 447201 
Latitude:  37.51 degrees 
Longitude: -77.32 degrees 
Elevation: 164 feet 
Station period of record: 01/01/1930-02/20/2015

Seasonal Rankings
Creation time: 02/20/2015 21:32 EST
Element: Min Temperature
Units: degF
Analysis: Num. of days<=9.0
Season: 7/1 - 6/30
Period of analysis: 1930 - 2015
Column delimiter: tab 

Rank	Value	Year	Num. Missing
1	  2	1930-1931	0
2	  0	1931-1932	0
3	  1	1932-1933	0
4	  7	1933-1934	1
5	  7	1934-1935	0
6	 19	1935-1936	0
7	  0	1936-1937	0
8	  0	1937-1938	0
9	  0	1938-1939	0
10	 13	1939-1940	0
11	  0	1940-1941	0
12	  5	1941-1942	0
13	  3	1942-1943	0
14	  0	1943-1944	0
15	  0	1944-1945	0
16	  0	1945-1946	0
17	  1	1946-1947	0
18	  4	1947-1948	0
19	  0	1948-1949	0
20	  0	1949-1950	0
21	  0	1950-1951	0
22	  0	1951-1952	0
23	  0	1952-1953	0
24	  0	1953-1954	0
25	  0	1954-1955	0
26	  0	1955-1956	0
27	  3	1956-1957	0
28	  2	1957-1958	0
29	  5	1958-1959	0
30	  0	1959-1960	0
31	  3	1960-1961	0
32	  2	1961-1962	0
33	  3	1962-1963	0
34	  3	1963-1964	0
35	  4	1964-1965	0
36	  7	1965-1966	0
37	  4	1966-1967	0
38	  5	1967-1968	0
39	  2	1968-1969	0
40	  8	1969-1970	0
41	  3	1970-1971	0
42	  2	1971-1972	0
43	  2	1972-1973	0
44	  1	1973-1974	0
45	  0	1974-1975	0
46	  2	1975-1976	0
47	  8	1976-1977	0
48	  0	1977-1978	0
49	  8	1978-1979	0
50	  0	1979-1980	0
51	  6	1980-1981	0
52	  4	1981-1982	0
53	  0	1982-1983	0
54	  5	1983-1984	0
55	  3	1984-1985	0
56	  1	1985-1986	0
57	  4	1986-1987	0
58	  4	1987-1988	0
59	  0	1988-1989	0
60	  3	1989-1990	0
61	  0	1990-1991	0
62	  0	1991-1992	0
63	  0	1992-1993	0
64	  7	1993-1994	0
65	  1	1994-1995	0
66	  3	1995-1996	0
67	  1	1996-1997	0
68	  0	1997-1998	0
69	  0	1998-1999	0
70	  2	1999-2000	0
71	  0	2000-2001	0
72	  0	2001-2002	0
73	  1	2002-2003	0
74	  0	2003-2004	0
75	  1	2004-2005	0
76	  0	2005-2006	0
77	  0	2006-2007	0
78	  0	2007-2008	0
79	  1	2008-2009	0
80	  0	2009-2010	0
81	  0	2010-2011	0
82	  0	2011-2012	0
83	  0	2012-2013	0
84        2     2013-2014       0
85        3     2014-2015       0


Average 	    2.3

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Since 1930, here are all the dates with temperatures BELOW 10°F at the Richmond Airport.

Station: RICHMOND BYRD INTL AP 
State: VA 
ID: 447201 
Latitude:  37.51 degrees 
Longitude: -77.32 degrees 
Elevation: 164 feet above sea level
Station period of record: 01/01/1930-01/31/2017

Element: Minimum Temperature
Units: degree F
Threshold: <=9.00
Years: 1930 - 2017
Season: January - December


Date                    Value
01/31/1930              4
01/15/1931              9
01/16/1931              4
12/19/1932              9
01/30/1934              6
01/31/1934              4
02/09/1934             -1
02/10/1934              6
02/11/1934              9
02/27/1934              4
02/28/1934             -1
01/24/1935              9
01/25/1935              7
01/27/1935              1
01/28/1935             -4
01/30/1935              8
01/31/1935              7
02/01/1935              7
12/22/1935              8
12/23/1935              9
12/25/1935              3
12/26/1935              5
12/30/1935              6
12/31/1935              1
01/23/1936              6
01/24/1936              5
01/25/1936              6
01/27/1936              9
01/28/1936              5
01/29/1936              0
01/30/1936              9
01/31/1936              6
02/01/1936              4
02/07/1936              5
02/08/1936            -10
02/11/1936             -3
02/12/1936              1
01/09/1940              1
01/10/1940              0
01/19/1940              6
01/20/1940              3
01/25/1940             -6
01/26/1940            -11
01/27/1940             -6
01/28/1940             -7 
01/29/1940            -12
01/30/1940             -3
01/31/1940              5
02/01/1940              3
02/04/1940              8
01/08/1942             -8
01/09/1942              2
01/10/1942             -6
01/11/1942             -8
01/12/1942             -1
12/20/1942              2
12/21/1942             -1
12/22/1942              6
02/06/1947              8
01/25/1948             -1
01/26/1948              6
02/02/1948              9
02/03/1948              9
01/17/1957              8
01/18/1957              0
01/19/1957              9
01/10/1958              8
02/17/1958              4
12/12/1958              6
12/15/1958              4
12/16/1958              1
01/06/1959              9
01/18/1959              8
01/22/1961              7
01/27/1961              5
01/28/1961             -1
01/10/1962              7
01/11/1962              4
12/13/1962              9
01/29/1963              9
02/27/1963              9
12/21/1963              7
01/14/1964              8
01/15/1964              0
01/17/1965              3
01/19/1965              2
01/31/1965              7
02/01/1965              3
01/17/1966              6
01/18/1966              7
01/28/1966              8
01/29/1966              8
01/31/1966              7
02/03/1966              6
02/06/1966              3
12/27/1966              4
01/19/1967              7
01/20/1967              3
02/08/1967              7
01/08/1968              8
01/12/1968              7
02/11/1968              8
02/12/1968              8
02/22/1968              6
01/06/1969              8
01/12/1969              9
01/08/1970              6
01/09/1970              2
01/10/1970              2
01/11/1970              6
01/21/1970              6
01/22/1970             -1
01/23/1970              7
02/04/1970              8
01/29/1971              8
02/01/1971              9
02/02/1971              3
01/16/1972              3
01/17/1972              5
01/09/1973              9
01/10/1973              5
12/18/1973              3
01/18/1976              8
01/19/1976              5
01/08/1977              9
01/12/1977              9
01/13/1977              7
01/16/1977              3
01/17/1977             -1
01/18/1977              7
01/19/1977              0
01/23/1977              7
02/09/1979              8
02/10/1979             -8
02/11/1979             -1
02/13/1979              8
02/14/1979              7
02/17/1979              8
02/18/1979              6
02/20/1979              3
12/25/1980              9
12/26/1980              5
01/05/1981              6
01/11/1981              5
01/12/1981              4
01/13/1981              2
01/10/1982              7
01/11/1982              4
01/12/1982              9
01/17/1982              4
12/24/1983              6
12/25/1983              3
12/26/1983              6
01/21/1984              9
01/22/1984              8
01/20/1985             -2
01/21/1985             -6
01/22/1985              9
12/22/1985              8
01/24/1987              7
01/27/1987              7
01/28/1987             -1
01/29/1987              6
01/12/1988              4
01/15/1988              8
01/16/1988              6
02/07/1988              9
12/22/1989              8
12/23/1989              9
12/25/1989              7
12/31/1993              8
01/15/1994              9
01/16/1994              6
01/18/1994              8
01/19/1994             -1
01/20/1994              7
01/21/1994              8
02/07/1995              9
02/04/1996              8
02/05/1996             -2
02/06/1996              7
01/19/1997              4
01/22/2000              9
01/28/2000             -1
01/18/2003              8
01/24/2005              8
01/17/2009              4
01/23/2014              7
01/30/2014              4
02/19/2015              9
02/20/2015              4        
02/21/2015              4
02/14/2016              9
01/08/2017              2
01/09/2017              0

Total occurrences: 194

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Since 1930, here are all the dates with temperatures BELOW 10°F at the Richmond Airport.

Station: RICHMOND BYRD INTL AP 
State: VA 
ID: 447201 
Latitude:  37.51 degrees 
Longitude: -77.32 degrees 
Elevation: 164 feet above sea level
Station period of record: 01/01/1930-01/04/2014

Element: Minimum Temperature
Units: degree F
Threshold: <=9.00
Years: 1930 - 2014
Season: January - December


Date                    Value
01/31/1930              4
01/15/1931              9
01/16/1931              4
12/19/1932              9
01/30/1934              6
01/31/1934              4
02/09/1934             -1
02/10/1934              6
02/11/1934              9
02/27/1934              4
02/28/1934             -1
01/24/1935              9
01/25/1935              7
01/27/1935              1
01/28/1935             -4
01/30/1935              8
01/31/1935              7
02/01/1935              7
12/22/1935              8
12/23/1935              9
12/25/1935              3
12/26/1935              5
12/30/1935              6
12/31/1935              1
01/23/1936              6
01/24/1936              5
01/25/1936              6
01/27/1936              9
01/28/1936              5
01/29/1936              0
01/30/1936              9
01/31/1936              6
02/01/1936              4
02/07/1936              5
02/08/1936            -10
02/11/1936             -3
02/12/1936              1
01/09/1940              1
01/10/1940              0
01/19/1940              6
01/20/1940              3
01/25/1940             -6
01/26/1940            -11
01/27/1940             -6
01/28/1940             -7 
01/29/1940            -12
01/30/1940             -3
01/31/1940              5
02/01/1940              3
02/04/1940              8
01/08/1942             -8
01/09/1942              2
01/10/1942             -6
01/11/1942             -8
01/12/1942             -1
12/20/1942              2
12/21/1942             -1
12/22/1942              6
02/06/1947              8
01/25/1948             -1
01/26/1948              6
02/02/1948              9
02/03/1948              9
01/17/1957              8
01/18/1957              0
01/19/1957              9
01/10/1958              8
02/17/1958              4
12/12/1958              6
12/15/1958              4
12/16/1958              1
01/06/1959              9
01/18/1959              8
01/22/1961              7
01/27/1961              5
01/28/1961             -1
01/10/1962              7
01/11/1962              4
12/13/1962              9
01/29/1963              9
02/27/1963              9
12/21/1963              7
01/14/1964              8
01/15/1964              0
01/17/1965              3
01/19/1965              2
01/31/1965              7
02/01/1965              3
01/17/1966              6
01/18/1966              7
01/28/1966              8
01/29/1966              8
01/31/1966              7
02/03/1966              6
02/06/1966              3
12/27/1966              4
01/19/1967              7
01/20/1967              3
02/08/1967              7
01/08/1968              8
01/12/1968              7
02/11/1968              8
02/12/1968              8
02/22/1968              6
01/06/1969              8
01/12/1969              9
01/08/1970              6
01/09/1970              2
01/10/1970              2
01/11/1970              6
01/21/1970              6
01/22/1970             -1
01/23/1970              7
02/04/1970              8
01/29/1971              8
02/01/1971              9
02/02/1971              3
01/16/1972              3
01/17/1972              5
01/09/1973              9
01/10/1973              5
12/18/1973              3
01/18/1976              8
01/19/1976              5
01/08/1977              9
01/12/1977              9
01/13/1977              7
01/16/1977              3
01/17/1977             -1
01/18/1977              7
01/19/1977              0
01/23/1977              7
02/09/1979              8
02/10/1979             -8
02/11/1979             -1
02/13/1979              8
02/14/1979              7
02/17/1979              8
02/18/1979              6
02/20/1979              3
12/25/1980              9
12/26/1980              5
01/05/1981              6
01/11/1981              5
01/12/1981              4
01/13/1981              2
01/10/1982              7
01/11/1982              4
01/12/1982              9
01/17/1982              4
12/24/1983              6
12/25/1983              3
12/26/1983              6
01/21/1984              9
01/22/1984              8
01/20/1985             -2
01/21/1985             -6
01/22/1985              9
12/22/1985              8
01/24/1987              7
01/27/1987              7
01/28/1987             -1
01/29/1987              6
01/12/1988              4
01/15/1988              8
01/16/1988              6
02/07/1988              9
12/22/1989              8
12/23/1989              9
12/25/1989              7
12/31/1993              8
01/15/1994              9
01/16/1994              6
01/18/1994              8
01/19/1994             -1
01/20/1994              7
01/21/1994              8
02/07/1995              9
02/04/1996              8
02/05/1996             -2
02/06/1996              7
01/19/1997              4
01/22/2000              9
01/28/2000             -1
01/18/2003              8
01/24/2005              8
01/17/2009              4


Total occurrences: 187

By looking at this chart Jan 1940 was a chilly month! :)

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This is great stuff. Thanks for the info.

There's also a possibility of temperatures 10°F or lower tonight which would require yet another update. Given recent winters and what the region has seen most of the last 20 seasons, this has been a very impressive month for cold.

 

The recent snowstorm is also another testament of the cold at Richmond. Temperatures were in the low to mid teens during the event which is exceedingly rare. Only the snowstorms of February 18-19, 1979, January 29-30, 1966, and February 11-14, 1899 featured colder temperatures with falling snow at Richmond.

 

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The Pug wanted out at 4:30AM and it was bone chilling.  Thermometer out in Goochland was reporting 3 degrees at that time, imagined it dropped another degree or two before 7AM.

 

Even though we did not get the BIG one here in RIC, this has been a rather memorable January.

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The Richmond low temperature average for January 2014 was the 13th lowest on record.

 

January Minimum Temperature (15 coldest)

1. 12.7°F (1940)

2. 15.3°F (1977)

3. 19.3°F (1970)

4. 20.1°F (1918)

5. 20.2°F (1981)

6. 21.0°F (1912)

7. 21.5°F (1936)

8. 21.7°F (1948)

9. 22.0°F (1966)

10. 22.1°F (1961)

11. 22.2°F (1942)

12. 22.6°F (1968)

13. 22.8°F (2014) and (1988)

14. 23.0°F (1982) 

15. 23.2°F (1985)

 

14 days last month featured low temperatures in the teens or lower. This is tied with January 1988 as the 5th highest number of such days.

 

1. 21 days (1977)

2. 19 days (1940)

3. 16 days (1970)

4. 15 days (1969)

5. 14 days (2014) and (1988)

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this list might get updated

Interestingly, AKQ has KRIC at 9°F for a forecasted low tomorrow morning which would break the monthly record low. Temperatures below 15°F during the month of March is rare. Richmond recently set a monthly record low temperature when it hit 10°F on 3/4/2009. The previous record was 11°F set in 1960 and several previous years. Between 1961 and 2008, the coldest March temperature was 13°F which was on March 2, 1980. There were only two years in this period (2002 and 1996) where it only hit 14°F so it still highlights the unusual occurrence of such cold in the month. 

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This thread will likely require an update as temperatures at Richmond are progged to reach record low levels. There is even a possibility that below 0°F readings Thursday and Friday mornings. Should that happens, it will be the first subzero temperatures at KRIC since January 28, 2000.

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This thread will likely require an update as temperatures at Richmond are progged to reach record low levels. There is even a possibility that below 0°F readings Thursday and Friday mornings. Should that happens, it will be the first subzero temperatures at KRIC since January 28, 2000.

Yea the models look unreal with some of the lows. Look like today will tie the coldest in post 1 with 22 also good for a daily record low max

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The GFS has to be overdoing it on Thursday morning lows isn't it? -8F in Richmond? The NAM seems 7-10 degrees warmer from Wednesday through the end of its run. Any ideas why?

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*****UPDATE MAY BE REQUIRED FOR FEBRUARY 2015*****

 

 

The upcoming cold shot looks to deliver some of the coldest temperatures of the last few years. Here is a look at the coldest high temperatures as well as the coldest low temperatures recorded at Richmond since 2000.

 

Coldest Highs (25°F or below)

22°F January 7, 2014 and January 25, 2004

23°F January 22, 2014, January 16, 2009, and January 23, 2003

24°F January 26, 2004, January 10, 2004

25°F January 24, 2014, January 19, 2005, December 20, 2004 and January 18, 2003

 

Coldest Lows (10°F or below)

-1°F January 28, 2000

4°F  January 30, 2014 and January 17, 2009

7°F January 23, 2014

8°F January 24, 2005 and January 18, 2003

9°F  January 22, 2000

10°F January 22, 2014, January 7, 2014, March 4, 2009, January 28, 2003 and January 29, 2000

 

It will be interesting to see how the cold shot stacks up with recent years.

Today tied # 2 cheap midnight hi, aft. Temp hit 21 maybe 22 tonight should make #1 or 2

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*****UPDATE MAY BE REQUIRED FOR FEBRUARY 2015*****

 

 

The upcoming cold shot looks to deliver some of the coldest temperatures of the last few years. Here is a look at the coldest high temperatures as well as the coldest low temperatures recorded at Richmond since 2000.

 

Coldest Highs (25°F or below)

21°F February 20, 2015

22°F January 7, 2014 and January 25, 2004

23°F February 19, 2015, January 22, 2014, January 16, 2009, and January 23, 2003

24°F January 26, 2004, January 10, 2004

25°F January 24, 2014, January 19, 2005, December 20, 2004 and January 18, 2003

 

Coldest Lows (10°F or below)

-1°F January 28, 2000

4°F  February 21, 2015, February 20, 2015, January 30, 2014 and January 17, 2009

7°F January 23, 2014

8°F January 24, 2005 and January 18, 2003

9°F  February 19, 2015 and January 22, 2000

10°F January 22, 2014, January 7, 2014, March 4, 2009, January 28, 2003 and January 29, 2000

 

It will be interesting to see how the cold shot stacks up with recent years.

I updated the original post to reflect the last several days. Truly an impressive stretch of days for Richmond.

 

A few things to highlight....

 

- New record low this morning of 4°F. This makes 2014-15 the first winter since 1999-00 with 3 or more single digit lows.

- Yesterday featured the coldest high temperature since February 5, 1996.

- Yesterday's daily average of 12.5°F makes it the coldest day since February 5, 1996.

- The high temperature remained below freezing for the 3 day stretch February 15-17. This has not happened during the month of February since 1979.

- Richmond has now seen 9 straight days with low temperatures below 20°F. The record for this is 13 days during the winter of 1935-36.

 

February 2015 currently ranks as the 5th coldest February since 1897. With continued below normal temperatures through the end of next week, it will likely finish within the top 5 coldest.

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RIC was 4°F as of the 4am observation. It will be interesting to see how cold it gets before sunrise. The record low for Monday is 1°F set in 1940 and is in jeopardy. 

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