8 freakishly bone-chilling facts about the region’s cold weather history

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Subzero temperatures and gusty winds blew snow across the roads and fields in rural Greene County on Wednesday

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The extreme temperatures in Butler County today remind residents of other freezing days of bone-chilling records.

Here’s a look at some interesting facts from the region’s history:

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• Cincinnati’s record low for Jan. 30 is -12 in 2004.

• The all-time low for Cincinnati was -25 degrees on Jan. 18, 1977 during a month when the low temperature dropped below 0 degrees on 16 days.

• The three days preceding that record-breaking day in January also were brutally cold: -21 degrees on Jan. 16, 1977 and -24 on Jan. 17, 1977. The minimum high on those two near record-breaking days was 10 degrees on Jan. 16 and -1 on Jan. 17.

• The average high temperature in January 1977? 22 degrees. The average low temperature? Just 2 degrees.

• Cincinnati’s only flirtation with anything close to those numbers in December was on Dec. 22, 1989, when temperatures dropped to -20.

• The latest date for record-setting minus-zero temps in Cincinnati was March 3, 1980, when it was a low of -11. For Dayton, it’s March 12, 1948, when it was -1.

The earliest date for record-setting minus-zero temps in Cincinnati was Dec. 3, 1886, when it was a low of -3. For Dayton, it’s Nov. 30, 1958, when it was -2.

• Dayton’s record low for Jan. 30 is -10 in 1966.

• The all-time low for the city was -28 degrees on Feb. 13, 1899.

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