Holiday weather extremes

December 26th, 2012 at 3:11 pm by under Weather

We’re in for another widespread hard freeze tonight. Temperatures will drop to the mid 20s in Austin and the upper teens in the Hill Country. Take care to protect your pets, plants and pipes tonight.

Normally, this time of year our overnight lows hit only the low 40s.

This isn’t nearly the coldest holiday we’ve seen though. Check out the post below from the NWS.


...HOLIDAY WEATHER EXTREMES FROM THE PAST...

LIKE ANY OTHER WINTER DAY ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS...THE HOLIDAYS
HAVE BROUGHT A WIDE VARIETY OF WEATHER...RANGING FROM COLD AND
CLOUDY WINTER LIKE DAYS TO SUNNY AND WARM CONDITIONS.

THE COLDEST WEATHER DURING THE HOLIDAYS SINCE THE LATE 1800S CAME
IN DECEMBER OF 1983 AND DECEMBER OF 1989. THE COLDEST CHRISTMAS DAY
WAS DURING THE ARCTIC OUTBREAK OF DECEMBER 1983...WHEN ALL OF
SOUTH TEXAS WAS IMPACTED BY A HARD FREEZE.

THE HIGH AT AUSTIN MUELLER AIRPORT ON CHRISTMAS OF 1983...THE AUSTIN
CITY CLIMATE SITE IN 1983...WAS 25...AND THE LOW WAS 10.  AT AUSTIN
BERGSTROM THE HIGH DECEMBER 25...1983 WAS 26 AND THE LOW WAS 11. FOR
DEL RIO...THE HIGH WAS 31...AND THE LOW WAS 13. AT SAN ANTONIO THE
HIGH ON DECEMBER 25...1983 WAS 30...AND THE LOW WAS 11. A COLDER DAILY LOW
IN DECEMBER 1983 OF 9 WAS OBSERVED AT SAN ANTONIO ON DECEMBER 30...1983.

THE COLDEST IT HAS BEEN IN LATE DECEMBER SINCE THE LATE 1800S CAME
DURING THE DECEMBER 1989 ARCTIC OUTBREAK. ON DECEMBER 23...1989 THE
LOW FELL TO 4 AT AUSTIN MUELLER AIRPORT...6 AT AUSTIN BERGSTROM...
6 AT SAN ANTONIO AND 10 AT DEL RIO. THE LOW OF 10 AT DEL RIO WAS AN
ALL TIME LOW AT DEL RIO FROM DECEMBER 1905 TO THE PRESENT. THE LOW
OF 4 AT AUSTIN MUELLER AIRPORT...6 AT AUSTIN BERGSTROM...AND 6 AT
SAN ANTONIO WAS THE COLDEST FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. SOME OTHER
COLDEST LOWS AROUND THE AREA IN LATE DECEMBER 1989 WERE AS
FOLLOWS...BLANCO 0 ON DECEMBER 23 AND 24...BOERNE 2 ON DECEMBER
23...BURNET -4 ON DECEMBER 23...CARRIZO SPRINGS 10 ON DECEMBER
23...CRYSTAL CITY 11 ON DECEMBER 23...FREDERICKSBURG 1 ON
DECEMBER 23...EAGLE PASS 12 ON DECEMBER 23...2 MILES NORTH OF
GONZALES 4 ON DECEMBER 23...JOHNSON CITY 1 ON DECEMBER 23...3 MILES
NORTH NORTHEAST OF KERRVILLE 0 ON DECEMBER 23...LA GRANGE 3 ON
DECEMBER 23...LLANO -1 ON DECEMBER 23 AND 24...3 MILES WEST OF LYTLE
6 ON DECEMBER 23...NEW BRAUNFELS 2 ON DECEMBER 23...SAN MARCOS 2 ON
DECEMBER 23...AND UVALDE RESEARCH CENTER 6 ON DECEMBER 23...1989.

THE WARMEST CHRISTMAS DAY WAS DECEMBER 25...1955...WHEN THE
HIGH WAS 90 AT SAN ANTONIO...90 AT AUSTIN MUELLER AIRPORT...
91 AT AUSTIN BERGSTROM...AND 87 AT DEL RIO.  THESE HIGHS ARE
RECORD HIGHS FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER AT AUSTIN AND SAN ANTONIO.
FOR DEL RIO THE RECORD HIGH FOR DECEMBER WAS 90 ON DECEMBER 4...1977.

FOR NEW YEARS DAY...THE WARMEST JANUARY 1ST CAME ON JANUARY 1...2006.
ON JANUARY 1...2006 THE HIGH AT AUSTIN MABRY WAS 85...AT AUSTIN BERGSTROM
84...AT DEL RIO 85...AND AT SAN ANTONIO 83. THE COLDEST NEW YEARS DAY
FOR AUSTIN AND SAN ANTONIO CAME IN 1928...WHEN THE HIGH AND LOW WAS
25 AND 17 AT AUSTIN...AND 29 AND 19 AT SAN ANTONIO ON JANUARY 1...1928.
AT DEL RIO THE COLDEST NEW YEARS DAY CAME IN 1928 AND 1947.
ON JANUARY 1...1928...THE HIGH AND LOW AT DEL RIO WAS 31 AND 20...
AND ON JANUARY 1...1947 THE HIGH AND LOW AT DEL RIO WAS 28 AND 24.


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