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Ice Station Housman is a show all about the weather – what causes it, what effect it has on us puny humans, and what we can do to improve the weather and/or our reaction to it. Hosted by weather enthusiasts, Jimmy Marks and Joel Housman and ACTUAL METEOROLOGIST Becky DePodwin.
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Now displaying: February, 2019
Feb 5, 2019

On this week's episode, Becky's husband Dan DePodwin joins us to discuss historical cold snaps like the one we just experienced. 

 

Show Notes!

Devastation of the FL Citrus Crop in 1894/1895

https://medium.com/florida-history/the-great-freezes-1894-95-and-the-collapse-of-the-florida-orange-industry-7442e5d75337

December 29 1984 (18 Orlando; 24 West Palm)

1899 Cold Snap

http://appalachianmagazine.com/2017/01/17/the-coldest-day-in-american-history/

Official Monthly Weather Review from the Weather Bureau https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/attachments/Monthly-Weather-Review-February-1899.pdf

  • February 13th
  • TLH -2F w/snow + capitol snowball fights
  • MIA sub 30 (29) - only recorded a lower temperature twice
  • Lexington, VA 70”; only a few hours drive away :)
  • Port of NO completely frozen causing significant economical challenges
  • Partially responsible for recession in June to 1901
  • Virginia (6th coldest February on record)
  • -3 Richmond
  • -12 Alexandria
  • Frost in Cuba

1936 Cold and Heat

February 1936 - Coldest Feb on record, narrowingly beating 1899.

The average temperature in Devils Lake for a five-week period ending Feb. 21, 1936 was -21. McIntosh, S.D., hit -58, Jordan, Mont. -60 and Sceptre, Sask., -63.

The Minot Daily News reported on Feb. 17, 1936, that “the cold spell that has brought sub-zero weather for 46 days will hold sway” for a few more days. According to the NWS Minot averaged 32 degrees below normal throughout February 1936. Relief came in the form of temperatures ranging from -10 to -20, or 50 to 60 degrees less than what the Minot area has been experiencing this winter.

121 degree record experienced in ND on July 6 (Steele, ND). - http://www.minotdailynews.com/news/local-news/2016/02/1936-coldest-winter-ever/

Followed by one of the most extreme summers on record.

  • 5000 deaths
  • Some low temps above 90
  • 100 degrees on 8 consecutive days at Midway

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1936_North_American_heat_wave

https://blog.genealogybank.com/were-having-a-heat-wave-your-ancestors-miserable-summer-of-1936.html

1985 Cold Wave

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_1985_cold_wave

Coldest morning (-18) in Pittsburgh since 1899.

 

1986 Challenger Disaster

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_wave

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_Challenger_disaster







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