Temperature plunges lower than expected

Temperatures plunged Tuesday night and early Wednesday in parts of northwestern Ohio. Some areas were much colder than others, according to weather reports.

A temperature of minus 18 degrees was recorded at Findlay Airport about 4 a.m. Wednesday. The National Weather Service and AccuWeather both get their Findlay temperature readings from the airport.

But at the same time, just a few miles away, it was minus 9 at the Findlay Water Pollution Control Center, which keeps the city’s official weather records.

An hour later, at 5 a.m. Wednesday, the temperature at the airport had climbed to minus 8. The warming trend continued, and Wednesday’s high temperature at the airport was 22 degrees.

The overnight blast of cold air was surprising, since forecasters had predicted a low of about minus 6, but the reading of 18 below did not set a Findlay record. The city’s record low for Feb. 12 is minus 20 degrees, set in 1917.

The National Weather Service said the temperature could reach a low of minus 1 on Wednesday night, but no more subzero weather is in the immediate forecast. In fact, forecasters are predicting a thaw next week, starting Monday, with temperatures reaching the 40s.

That would melt, or at least shrink, the piles of snow that have accumulated in the region. Since November, 34 inches of snow have fallen in Findlay, according to the Water Pollution Control Center.

It has been record-setting cold this week in Pandora, according to Barbara (Burkholder) Verhoff, who along with her husband, Guy, are U.S. weather observers.

Wednesday’s low of minus 19 degrees broke the record of minus 15 degrees for Feb. 12, set in 1995.
The high temperature record for Feb. 12 is 65 degrees set in 1984.


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