Publication Date November 5, 2019

Despite More Than 4,000 Daily Cold Records in the Last Few Days, This Year Has Set More Warm Records Than Cold

United States

The cold spell that put much of the central United States in a deep freeze over Halloween week produced more than 4,000 daily cold records – and yet it still wasn't enough to shift the year's balance of local records from warm to cold.


Last week was the climax of an October full of temperature extremes. It was the warmest October on record in several Southeastern cities, largely because of record heat early in the month, but the coldest on record in a broader swath of the Northwest.


For the year to date, U.S. heat records are firmly in the lead, but mainly due to record-warm nights rather than record-warm days.