Athens Review, Athens, Texas

December 17, 2013

Frigid temps

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — Athens temperatures haven’t been exactly in the deep freeze for the past couple of weeks, but residents have awakened to an unusually long string of freezing temperatures.

The National Weather Service reported that the low temperature in Athens was at or below 32 degrees each morning from Dec. 6 through Dec. 13.

The lowest temperature during the streak was 22 degrees, recorded on Dec. 11. The eight day run was snapped when the thermometer reached 40 on Saturday, but was followed by freezing temperatures again on Sunday and Monday.

The most recent longer streak of freezing lows came during the snowy month of February 2011 when the city was hit with temperatures of 30 or below every day from Feb. 1 through Feb. 13. The chilliest day was on Feb. 5 when the mercury dipped to 11 degrees.

 The last time Athens recorded eight straight days of 32 or below temperatures in December was in 1999. That year, the low fell to 24 degrees on Dec. 22. Christmas Day started with a low of 30, before warming up to an afternoon high of 64 degrees. The streak was snapped on December 30, when the morning low was 37.  

  The December 2013 streak follows on the heels of a wintery snap in the November. The month ended with six consecutive freezing lows.

Meteorologist Steve Carter agrees that we’ve seen an unusual amount of cold weather in the region.

“We look to be quite a bit above normal as we head to the middle of the week,” Carter said. “But, we do have a cold front coming in this weekend.”

The warmer weather should dominate through the end of the month, according to the NWS.