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Cold snap brings with it new temperature records

Cold snap brings with it new temperature records
In Pincher Creek, the mercury dropped to -40.8 degrees Celsius overnight, without the wind chill factored in.
In Pincher Creek, the mercury dropped to -40.8 degrees Celsius overnight, without the wind chill factored in.
IMAGE: Dave Lueneberg
Bundled up, Kelsey Green of Pincher Creek takes advantage of the beautiful weather Jan. 13 during a walk on the west side. Although temperatures were close to -30 C, wind chills in town eased during the middle part of the day, making it almost downright pleasant.
IMAGE: Dave Lueneberg
Bundled up, Kelsey Green of Pincher Creek takes advantage of the beautiful weather Jan. 13 during a walk on the west side. Although temperatures were close to -30 C, wind chills in town eased during the middle part of the day, making it almost downright pleasant.

Cold snap brings with it new temperature records

By Dave Lueneberg
By Dave Lueneberg
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Shootin’ the Breeze Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
January 18, 2024
January 18, 2024

If you thought it was especially cold when you got up Friday morning, it was, and it was record-setting right across the province.

According to data released by Environment Canada, all but 28 of the 181 Alberta weather stations either tied or recorded new minimum temperature benchmarks overnight Thursday into Friday.

In Pincher Creek, the mercury dropped to -40.8 degrees Celsius overnight, without the wind chill factored in. The old mark was set in 1971 with a reading of -37.2.

The thermometer in Waterton Park also established a new standard of -43.6, an over-five-degree drop from the 1998 record of -38.1.

1998 was also the year of the all-time Jan. 13 yardstick in the Crowsnest Pass. That is until early Friday, when the overnight temperature fell to -39.9, a full two degrees colder than the mark 26 years earlier.

New record lows were also recorded to the east, in Brocket (-38.8), Fort Macleod (-38.3) and Cardston (-39.7).

 

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Saturday remained cold from north to south but saw far fewer temperature records broken across the province. Thirty-six weather stations, but only two in our region, established new marks. 

Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass both set new record lows over 2005 temperatures. The Pass hit -40.3 and Pincher Creek -38.1, compared to -38.4 and -35.8 respectively.

Local schools were closed Friday in response to the extreme weather conditions and Livingstone Range School Division buses did not run on Monday.

A critical Alberta Emergency Alert issued Saturday evening urged people provincewide to immediately limit electrical use to essential needs only. Increased power demand had put the Alberta electrical grid at risk of rotating power outages, which were averted. 

While maybe not with a -50 wind chill, temperatures are forecast to remain well below zero with little or no precipitation after Wednesday, going into the weekend.  The normal daytime high at this time of year is around +2 with overnight lows near -14.

 

 

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If you thought it was especially cold when you got up Friday morning, it was, and it was record-setting right across the province.

According to data released by Environment Canada, all but 28 of the 181 Alberta weather stations either tied or recorded new minimum temperature benchmarks overnight Thursday into Friday.

In Pincher Creek, the mercury dropped to -40.8 degrees Celsius overnight, without the wind chill factored in. The old mark was set in 1971 with a reading of -37.2.

The thermometer in Waterton Park also established a new standard of -43.6, an over-five-degree drop from the 1998 record of -38.1.

1998 was also the year of the all-time Jan. 13 yardstick in the Crowsnest Pass. That is until early Friday, when the overnight temperature fell to -39.9, a full two degrees colder than the mark 26 years earlier.

New record lows were also recorded to the east, in Brocket (-38.8), Fort Macleod (-38.3) and Cardston (-39.7).

 

Pig roast at wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.

 

Saturday remained cold from north to south but saw far fewer temperature records broken across the province. Thirty-six weather stations, but only two in our region, established new marks. 

Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass both set new record lows over 2005 temperatures. The Pass hit -40.3 and Pincher Creek -38.1, compared to -38.4 and -35.8 respectively.

Local schools were closed Friday in response to the extreme weather conditions and Livingstone Range School Division buses did not run on Monday.

A critical Alberta Emergency Alert issued Saturday evening urged people provincewide to immediately limit electrical use to essential needs only. Increased power demand had put the Alberta electrical grid at risk of rotating power outages, which were averted. 

While maybe not with a -50 wind chill, temperatures are forecast to remain well below zero with little or no precipitation after Wednesday, going into the weekend.  The normal daytime high at this time of year is around +2 with overnight lows near -14.

 

 

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