Monday, January 14, 2013

Record cold hits Flagstaff; possible "all-time" record low for the Grand Canyon

Bitter cold snap setting Flagstaff records
The bitter cold that has descended on Flagstaff is on its way to being the coldest five-day stretch in 22 years -- and it’s only getting colder.

The National Weather Service in Bellemont, where the unofficial low this morning was 24 degrees below zero, says tomorrow will see a high of just 17 degrees in Flagstaff, with wind chill values as low as minus 16 degrees amid gusty winds.
Other unofficial lows this morning were minus 20 degrees at Grand Canyon Airport, minus 18 in Fort Valley and minus 7 at Flagstaff Pulliam Airport. Flagstaff’s low set a record for Jan. 13 dating back to 1963, when it was 6 below.
Elsewhere in Arizona, Metropolitan Phoenix is approaching the halfway point in a four-day cold snap that’s expected to mark the coolest stretch of weather the area has seen since 1988.
Mercury hits 21 below in Bellemont
Elsewhere, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon set a record for Jan. 12 for the lowest high temperature -- 12 degrees.
Nation's Landmarks Feel Temperature Extremes | Weather Underground
Bitterly cold temperatures gripped the West. In Arizona, the Grand Canyon airport observed a low of 20 degrees below zero Sunday morning.

That appeared to tie the all-time record low for the Grand Canyon since records began in 1976, previously set Dec. 23, 1990 and on the first two days of February 1985. However, the National Weather Service has not confirmed this record.

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