Colorado Cold Streaks

We just ended eight days of continuously below freezing weather in Boulder. It was the longest cold snap since 1983 – which was caused by the eruption of El Chichón.


The longest stretch within a calendar year below freezing in the lower 48 states was at Hermit, Colorado during the Ice Age Scare in 1975.  Every day until sometime in at least April was below freezing. Unfortunately there is no data from April, so I don’t know exactly how long the streak lasted.

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14 Responses to Colorado Cold Streaks

  1. A Boulder Progressive described to me last year these cold snaps as the result of global warming that disrupted what he called “polar vortex”. When I asked him if it is the same thing as “circumpolar vortex”, what it actually does and how the presumed atmospheric warming changed it he gave me a very exasperated look and remembered that he was already late for another appointment.

  2. Med Bennett says:

    Glad to have been in Hawaii for the last 12 days!

  3. Steve Case says:

    Dr. John Holdren January 2014 produced a two minute You Tube from the White House explaining why as a result of global warming we can expect a pattern of extreme cold.

    I’m on an IPad, otherwise I’put up a link.

    • AndyG55 says:

      Yep, they KNOW that there is a cooling trend coming

      They KNOW that the global warming farce is BUSTED.

      and they are trying DESPERATELY to talk their way out of it.

      But the internet remembers. 🙂

        • Jason Calley says:

          That must have been a very popular sequence with some of our politicians — what with the book burning and all… Ein reich, ein volk, ein freezer!

        • That must be the most scientific movie ever. It implements the best of climatology and follows Murphy’s and O’Toole’s laws closely. I now have a much better understanding of the anguish and alarm that animates some of this blog’s more unusual visitors.

        • gator69 says:

          I believe it won Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, just barely edging out Sharknado. And it must have been the book burning scene that put it over the top for that crowd.

        • It’s not just the Progressive artistic vanguard that loved the movie. Several distinguished climate scientists were happy with it even though some worried the prophecy got too far ahead of their own climate predictions. It’s good they got a chance since then to catch up to Art Bell’s script and the best Coast To Coast AM has to offer.

  4. R. Shearer says:

    This cold weather ends tonight and global warming returns tomorrow, perhaps into the 40’s deg F in Boulder.

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