Frigid stuff indeed...some perspective on the cold...
Posted January 23rd, 2013 by Bill Kardas. 38 comments
There's something about frigid weather that really gets people talking in Central New York. Even though we didn't even come close to a record today (-25° was the number to beat set back in 1976), there was a HUGE response from our viewers when the call was made for temperatures. Have a look:
This sets a record for most reports we've had...more than 60. I apologize in advance if I didn't get your number on the board. Feel free to post in the comments section.
From a climate perspective, this is considered characteristic weather for our area. That might be unpopular to point out, but the stats don't lie. On average, 2 days each winter fall to -10 or less in the Utica/Rome area. We have yet to hit these numbers all winter at the official measuring station in Griffiss. (We will have to wait until later today for the 'official low temperature' to see if we fell below -9 in between 8-9am.) The cold snap in store over the next few days is considered characteristic of CNY winter weather - most winters feature some kind of cold snap. We've been spoiled from last winter and I think we quickly forget.
When it gets this cold...
There are a few things you want to keep in mind when temperatures fall below zero. First, salt is ineffective. The snow last night has compacted into a slippery but hard surface on many area roadways. The compaction of car tires along with salt and the sun typically melts snow on the roads. This likely won't happen today with temperatures not likely to make it out of the single digits. Second, wind chill is only valid if skin is exposed. Cover as much skin as possible on days like today. Layers, layers, layers. Finally, be sure to be mindful of pets and the cold. Just because Buddy has a fur coat doesn't mean he's immune to the bitter temperatures. If you walk pets on the road, also keep in mind that the salt can dry out their paws.
How long does it last?
The bitterly cold temperatures will linger today, tonight, tomorrow, and tomorrow night. By Friday, we finally climb back into the teens with light snow. Temperatures will moderate into the 20s by Sunday, and possibly above freezing by early next week. Like January thaws, this bitter stuff usually doesn't last, and it won't.
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