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What was your coldest day?

As the Arctic Blast continues to hold the area in it's grip, I begin to wonder.

I am a native of Florida, and my home town has a slight chance of snow/sleet this weekend. Before I moved to Kansas, the coldest temperature I had ever experienced was 14 degrees. I know that seems modest by Kansas standards.

So I pose this question to you. What is the coldest temperature you have ever experienced? Was it in Northeast Kansas, or outside of the area?

January 8, 2010

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loosecaboose 7 years, 10 months ago

Sometime in the late 70's or early 80's (hard to remember as it happened often), I was working nights on the Union Pacific Railroad Kansas City KS. yard as a switchman. The railroad notified us that the weather people had stated that the wind chill was sixty below zero. We were restricted to working outside for only 20 minutes at a time, except they forgot to enforce or allow that. In those conditions, even rail cars don't want to move!

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jmyrick 7 years, 10 months ago

I'm with you, loose, although I don't remember that exact date, either. It's been a long time ago. I do know I was in college and it was brutal.

It beat out one I do remember specifically. Christmas Day, 1971. Memorial Stadium. The Dolphins beat the Chiefs in the playoffs, which happened to be the longest game ever played in the NFL. I was an eighth grader and tickets to that game remain to this day as the best Christmas present I ever got. But I froze my *ss off.

There are more, such as minus 22 on Dec. 22, 1989, our first year in Baldwin City. We were living just north of town and our pipes froze.

But let's face it. We just went through as brutal of a stretch as we'll see. The minus 14 this morning was one thing, but I think it was even colder Thursday with the nasty, nasty wind. I have worn more clothes than should be humanely possible this week. But I've got a few more layers to go. I hope I don't have to use them.

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