Record lows shattered Tuesday with the coldest morning in decades
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.
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.
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.
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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