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Bitter cold spell is a record-breaker
by Jebb Johnston
Jan 06, 2014 | 57 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
By one degree, Monday morning’s frigid blast set a new record for the Corinth area.

The overnight low of 10 degrees recorded at both the Corinth-Alcorn County Airport and by the cooperative observer located about 7 miles southwest of Corinth beats a record of 11 degrees set exactly 44 years earlier on Jan. 6, 1970.

The historical numbers are courtesy of Victor Murphy, climate focal point at the National Weather Service Southern Region Headquarters in Ft. Worth, Texas, where the cooperative and airport data are stored.

Since the record covers the 24 hours of the date, it was possible the temperature could break the record again before midnight going into today, depending on how quickly the mercury fell with a forecast low of 6 in Corinth.

Former Corinthian Troy Kimmel, now a meteorologist in Texas, also took a look at the numbers.

“The lowest high temperature ever recorded on Jan. 6 would have been 21 degrees on Jan. 6, 1970, and what we can tell was at midnight last night at the airport it was right at 20 or 21. So you probably have tied the record lowest high for this date.”

Some snow was also reported on that day 44 years ago.

Kimmel was a Corinth junior high student at the time, and he said he remembers the bitter cold spell.

The record low for Jan. 7 is 5 degrees, also set in 1970. Jan. 7 also has the lowest high temperature for that date at 19.

Kimmel said the numbers are from cooperative program reports dating back to about 1900. The program uses citizens to report weather observations across the country.

Kimmel happened to be in Europe Monday, enjoying a balmy day in the 50s.
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