NEAR Record Cold Chicago and New York City on New Year’s Day 2018

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In the 1871-2018 climatology for Chicago the January 1, 2018 MAX/MIN/AVG forecast (by NOAA) is 3/-6/-1.5 ranking as the second coldest in 148 years.  The coldest on record was 5/-10/-2.5 in 1969.  The most recent similar cold occurred in 1974 (3.0 AVG).

In the 1869-2018 climatology for Central Park, NYC the January 1, 2018 MAX/MIN/AVG forecast (by NOAA) is 17/9/13.0 ranking as tied for the 3rd coldest in 150 years. The coldest on record was 10/-4/3.0 in 1918. The second and (other) third coldest occurred in 1881 (8.5 AVG) and 1899 (13.0 AVG). The most recent similar chill was in 1963 (24/10/17.0).

Pictured: Coldest MAX/MIN/AVG days in Central Park on Jan. 1 from 1869-2018