Partly cloudy

19°F

Powell, WY

Partly cloudy
Wind: ESE at 13 mph

Cold spell snaps records in Powell

Hoar frost from an overnight fog transformed local trees into wintertime works of art on Wednesday. Hoar frost from an overnight fog transformed local trees into wintertime works of art on Wednesday. Tribune photo by Ilene Olson

Powell is just now thawing out — almost, anyway — after a record-breaking cold spell.

Arctic air rolled in from the North Pole over Canada and most of the United States Monday, Dec. 2, said Chris Hattings, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Riverton.

And that Arctic front settled in until Tuesday, Dec. 10. Meteorologist Ralph Estell said Powell records were set four days in a row, Dec. 5-8.

The low on Thursday, Dec. 5, was 15 below, snapping the old record of 13 below on 2011. The thermometer stayed at 15 below on Friday, Dec. 6, breaking the record of 10 below set on 2011.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, it bottomed out at 19 below, 5 degrees colder than the old record of 14 below set in 2005.

The coldest day during this run of frozen weather was Sunday, Dec. 8, when it was 20 below. That was 7 degrees worse than the record of 13 below set in 2005.

The records are based on data from 1981 to 2013, said Jeff Braun, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Riverton. The all-time low in Powell during that period is 34 below, recorded on Dec. 22, 1990, Braun said.

The cold snap pushed temperatures far below the norm. Mid-30s are typical in Powell in December at least until the Winter Solstice (the shortest day of the year), which arrives on Saturday, Dec. 21, according to meteorologist Trevor LaVoie.

But the worst is past, at least for a bit. Today (Thursday) the high is expected to reach 31 degrees under mostly sunny skies with a low of 17 under partly cloudy skies, according to the NWS.

Share this post on:

Submit to FacebookSubmit to Google PlusSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn

1 comment

  • posted by TN

    December 12, 2013 6:43 pm

    No sniveling,in Sheridan it was -27.

Leave a comment

The Powell Tribune reserves the right to remove inappropriate comments.
Fields marked (*) are required.

Subscribe

Get all the latest Powell news by subscribing to the Powell Tribune today!

Click here to find out more!

E-Edition

Our paper can be delivered right to your e-mail inbox with a subscription to the Powell Tribune!

Find out more here!

Stay Connected

Keep up with Powell news by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.

Go to top