UPDATE: The State College NWS office has listed these low temperatures, as cold as -28 in Nanty Glo, PA.
Folks, I'm blown away by the temperatures we are seeing in Pennsylvania this morning. In the last 24 hours, I have experienced the coldest daytime and nighttime temperatures in my life. Yesterday at 5 PM, when I left AccuWeather HQ, the car thermometer read 0 degrees (and it was still light out!) Then last night, the weather station at my house registered -15, that's 15 degrees below zero.
I think once of twice since I've lived here (12 years) we had dipped to -4 or -5 here in State College, Pennsylvania, home of AccuWeather HQ [Google Map]. And once when I was a kid (Jan. 20th, 1985) I experienced similar temperatures at night. So this blows it all away.
Below is a list of local temperatures observed by AccuWeather meteorologists; an average of readings performed by an AccuWeather meteorologist last night indicated -25 in "The Barrens" at Scotia Range [Google Map] - typically the coldest place in Centre County, if not Pennsylvania.
These extreme temperatures compared to yesterday were courtesy Radiational Cooling (WikiPedia). At this time it doesn't look like places outside of PA experienced temperatures much below yesterday morning.
NCDC says that, for yesterday, 117 daily record lows were broken nationwide, and 167 daily record low highs were set. A number of them were monthly or all-time records. You can click through NCDC for details.
PSU officially only fell to -2, which pales in comparison to their -18 on Jan. 18 & 19, 1994. The airport (KUNV) fell to -4 this morning, beating their low of -2 in 1994. How far back do we go before that? Records don't really exist (KUNV is not an official climatic station).
OFFICIAL NWS 8 AM TEMPERATURES (SEE AMATEUR STATIONS)
Summary Of Saturday Morning in Centre County:
Brett (Stormstown): -22
The Barrens: -25
Zion (7 AM only): -20
Me (State College): -15
Josh/Kate (Bellefonte): -14.8
Jason (Axemann): -14.4
Barry (State College): -14
Jonathan (State College): -13.3
Heather: (Millheim) -11.2
Jack (Spring Mills): -10.1
Dan (Penn. Furnace): -9.8
State College High: -8.2
Marshall (Near AccuWeather): -8
Joe B. (Boalsburg) : -8
Elliot (Port Matilda): -8
Walker Building: -2.6
Temps Below -15 Outside of Centre County:
Sterling Run: -18
Summary Of Lows Yesterday (NOTE DIFFERENT TIMES!):
Elliot Abrams' House (Port Matilda): -3 (7:52 AM)
Josh N. (Bellefonte): -9.2 (11:59 PM)
My House (State College): -6 (8:52 PM)
KUNV Airport: -2 (11:40 PM)
Joe Bastardi's House: -2 (10:25 AM)
PSU Walker Building -0.6 (11:30 PM)
Data Obtained From:
Over 200 stations may have broken daily low temperature records this morning, with a handful of monthly records. I take a look at North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
The record lows tonight will also affect the Southeast, pushing in cold air not felt since I was in college 20 years ago!
A number of interesting weather and astronomical phenomena were caught on film last night on the AccuCam Webcam Network.
Pennsylvania set a number of cold weather records Sunday and today, and more is on the way.
Folks I can't stress enough how dangerous the weather will be this Valentine's Day Weekend, with Blizzard conditions, RealFeel temps below -40 and snow squalls.
Part of the Rodanthe Pier collapsed into the ocean Thursday as an arctic front passed through and homes in Oak Island remain damaged from an earlier storm.