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Surprise! This Winter has been cold!

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Normal January Low Temperatures versus Observed January 2014 Temperatures Normal January Low Temperatures versus Observed January 2014 Temperatures

Suffice to say, winter 2013-2014 has been cold!  But how just cold has it been?  

Well, let's compare this winter to last winter.  Last winter (November 2012 - March 2013), we had a total of just 4 freezes.  This winter (November 2012 - February 8, 2014), we have had 12 freezes and it's still not over!

Also, last winter, we experienced 4 straight months of above average temperatures (November: +0.3 degrees, December: +4.4 degrees, January: +1.8 degrees and February: +2.5 degrees above normal).  This winter, EVERY month has been below average (November -3.0 degrees, December -2.0 degrees, January -4.1 degrees and so far, this February has been 3.8 degrees below normal).

Additionally, Southeast Texas has seen 3 winter weather events...January 23 & 24 (snow in the Lakes, sleet and freezing rain for areas closer to the coast), January 28 (sleet and freezing rain) and February 6 (snow and graupel).

On January 6, we recorded the coldest temperatures of the winter season when the mercury plunged to 19 degrees in Beaumont.  That marked the coldest temperature recorded in Beaumont since 2010, when a frigid 18 degrees was reported.

So far this winter we have also had at least 7 nights with low temperatures in the 20s.

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