The coldest temperature ever recorded in Chicago was January 25, 1985 where the mercury plummeted to a shocking 27 degrees below zero. Factor in the wind chill on that day and you got -83°F.
- This got me wondering, so I looked up some other numbers to put it in perspective:
- The coldest temperature ever recorded in Illinois was measured in Congerville, IL at -36 °F on January 5, 1999.
- The coldest temperature ever recorded in the United States was in Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska at -80 °F on January 21, 1971.
- The lowest temperature EVER recorded in the world was in Vostok, Antarctica at -129 °F on July 21, 1983.
So far in 2013, the lowest temperature in Chicago was actually measured earlier today, February 17, 2013 at 10 °F, which isn’t that cold, but I still felt like I was living in Prospect Creek, Alaska this morning.