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Don’t whine! It’s actually been colder

By Bryan Richardson

Obviously, it’s cold outside.

In fact, weather services have predicted this will be one of the coldest weeks ever recorded during this time of the year.

The forecast calls a mean temperature of 23.6 degrees for the week ending Monday, according to information gathered by state climatologist Mary Knapp.

“It’s been a while since we’ve been this cold,” she said.

Knapp said this week would probably fall between between the 10th and 15th coldest weeks ending Dec. 9 – from a sample that includes 118 years of measurements.

The tenth coldest week occurred in 1898, with a mean temperature of 23.5 degrees.

The coldest ever week ending Dec. 9 came in 2005, when Manhattan shivered as the mean temperature dipped to 11.8 degrees.

The low temperature on Dec. 9, 2005, was a record -9 degrees.

Another recent year had the eighth coldest week ending Dec. 9, with a mean temperature of 22.3 degrees in 2009.

This week, the high temperature went from 65 on Tuesday to 29 on Wednesday.

Knapp said the cold front is being caused by a dip in the jet stream that pushed it down to central Texas.

“It’s not moving very fast,” she said, mentioning the icy conditions that are lingering in places like Dallas.

Knapp said the biggest problem in Manhattan is the wind chill.

The temperature was 16 degrees around noon Friday, but the wind child was 2 degrees.

“When it’s as cold as it is, if you get some wind to go along with it, it can cause problems,” Knapp said.

Knapp said it should start to warm up gradually on Tuesday, with temperatures likely rising into the 30s later in the week.

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