Official numbers are not yet in for the record-setting cold that has hit the region, but Mary Knapp with the Weather Data Library at K-State said temperature records are being set. According to data at the weather library, Feb. 14 set a record low of -3. Other records are expected to be available for next week’s paper, but preliminary numbers show a likelihood of new low temperature records for Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 15-16.
Knapp said the Mesonet station just south of Washington logged a maximum temperature of -3 degrees on Feb. 15 while the low temperature was -18. The previous records for Feb. 15 were set in 2007 with a maximum temperature of 10 degrees and a low of -5.
K-State Mesonet’s freeze monitor showed a low temperature of -26 for Washington on Feb. 16.
Knapp said the coldest maximum temperature record for Feb. 16 was set in 2007 with 7 degrees while the lowest temperature was set in 1978 at -13.
As of noon on Tuesday, Washington had recorded 106 consecutive hours and counting of temperatures below o. According to the Weather Data Library, Washington had recorded 296 consecutive hours, or 12 days, with temperatures below freezing.
Knapp said a new spring weather outlook was to be released later this week, but the Jan. 21 outlook called for warmer and drier than normal conditions for March, April and May.