It's been cold.
Not just regular cold. It's been pond-and-pipe freezing cold. And records continue to fall.
...STARTED THE YEAR (JAN 1ST- 7TH) WITH THE COLDEST AVG TEMPERATURE
ON RECORD, BY QUITE A LARGE MARGIN
This from the National Weather Service in Wakefield.
Here are the numbers: Our average temperature has been 17.8 degrees (if you average every hourly observation). This is WAY colder than the 21.1 degrees average for the previous coldest Jan. 1-7, which was in 1918.
Is it possible we are getting used to this?
20 degrees now feels like t-shirt weather.— RVA Coffee Stain (@RVACoffeeStain) January 8, 2018
Although it's historically cold, it's NOT EVEN CLOSE to the coldest week in Richmond's recorded history.
For the week of Feb. 9-15, 1899, the average temperature in Richmond was 11.4 degrees. That's a full 6.4 degrees colder!
As I write this, the warmup begins. We're headed to the mid-to-upper 60s by Friday.
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