Published On: Thu, Mar 7th, 2019

Is global warming to blame for Illinois’ record low temperature

An Arctic outbreak in late January 2019 led to widespread bitter cold temperatures across much of the Midwest, with a weather observer at Mt. Carroll reporting a temperature of -38 degrees.

From KWQC: “After several weeks of verification process, Mt. Carroll, Illinois is officially home to the coldest temperature ever recorded (at an official site) in the state of Illinois at -38°. -38° occurred on January 31st, 2019, the same day the Quad Cities set their all time record low at -33°. -38° breaks the old record of -36° set in Congerville, Illinois back in January of 1999.

“The State Climate Extremes Committee got together and examined the site and equipment used to take the weather observations. After a few weeks of examination they determined they could verify Mt. Carroll’s new record low of -38°.”

The previous minimum temperature record for Illinois was -36 degrees set in Congerville, located in Woodford County, on Jan. 5, 1999. The coldest temperature prior to the Congerville record, -35 degrees, was also set at Mt. Carroll in January 1930, and was later tied with Elizabeth in February 1996.

Shocking cold temps prompted a discussion on global warming.

“This symptom of global warming is counterintuitive for those in the cross hairs of these extreme cold spells,” said climate scientist Jennifer Francis of the Woods Hole Research Center. Francis is one of the scientists promoting the theory that the cold brought to America is due to global warming. “But these events provide an excellent opportunity to help the public understand some of the ‘interesting’ ways that climate change will unfold.”

President Trump mocks the situation on Twitter to troll climate alarmists.

“In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In coming days, expected to get even colder. People can’t last outside even for minutes. What the hell is going on with global warming? Please come back fast, we need you!”

You can view the final report on the NCEI website here: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/extremes/scec/reports

A complete list of current state records can be found here:


Snow covered houses

photo/ Fabio Piccini via pixabay.com

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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