Record lows shattered Tuesday with the coldest morning in decades

Tuesday morning lows
Tuesday morning lows(WOWT)
Published: Feb. 16, 2021 at 12:28 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 16, 2021 at 2:28 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Tuesday morning brought Omaha the coldest temperatures the city has experienced in 25 years. Omaha Eppley Airfield bottomed out at -23˚, breaking the previous daily record of -17˚ set in 1979. Overall, this is the first time Omaha has dropped as low as -23˚ since February 2, 1996.

The coldest temperature ever recorded in Omaha was -32˚ in 1884. Though we didn’t break the all-time record, we did manage to make it on the list of the top 12 coldest temperatures.

Omaha's coldest temperatures on record
Omaha's coldest temperatures on record(WOWT)

Our record-breaking began Monday! During the morning hours, the temperature dropped to -15˚at Eppley Airfield - breaking the daily record of -12˚ set in 1936. Just before midnight, the temperature plummeted to -19˚, shattering the record even further. We also broke the daily record COLD high, only rebounding to -3˚ during the afternoon hours.

Record cold temperatures Monday and Tuesday!
Record cold temperatures Monday and Tuesday!(WOWT)

LINCOLN

Temperatures in Lincoln were several degrees colder than those in Omaha! The Lincoln airport dropped to -31˚ Tuesday morning, shattering the previous daily record of -18˚ set in 1978.

Something to note – today was only the second time Lincoln has fallen into the -30s in recorded history! Weather records have been kept in Lincoln since 1887. The coldest temperature on record for Lincoln is -33˚ set on January 12, 1974.

Several record lows were shattered Tuesday
Several record lows were shattered Tuesday(WOWT)

NORFOLK

Temperatures also dropped down to -31˚ in Norfolk, breaking the daily record of -22˚ set in 1936. This is the coldest Norfolk has been in almost 100 years! On January 5, 1934, Norfolk dropped to -32˚. The coldest temperature on record for Norfolk is -39˚ set on January 12, 1912.

STRETCH OF BRUTAL TEMPERATURES

The record for the longest stretch of 0˚ or colder temperatures in Omaha lasted 7 days, back in December of 1983. Thankfully, we won’t be *that* cold for *that* long.

Omaha Eppley Airfield dropped to 0˚ just before 7 PM Saturday evening. After spending 67 consecutive hours at or below-zero, the temperature at finally warmed to 1˚ by 2 PM Tuesday! The streak has come to an end.

Warmer weather is on the way. You can keep track of the 10-day forecast by downloading the free WOWT First Alert Weather App: https://www.wowt.com/page/get-the-first-alert-weather-app/

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