Jan 7, 2014

Polar vortex delivering D.C.’s coldest day in decades, and we’re not alone

Washington, DC
USA
by
Ian Livingston
,
Washington Post
Mid-level winds associated with the displaced polar vortex early on Jan. 7, 2014. Image: earth.nullschool.net
Mid-level winds associated with the displaced polar vortex early on Jan. 7, 2014. Image: earth.nullschool.net

All D.C. area stations tested or bested their previous record lows for the date. At Reagan National, the low of 6 degrees closed in on the 130 year old mark of 5 degrees.

Further north, BWI came in with a low of 3 degrees, colder than the previous record of 8 degrees in 1988. 

The low of 6 degrees in D.C., while not a record for the date, is the coldest the city has been since Feb. 5, 1996. Today now also falls among the previous top 20 coldest Jan. mornings in the city since 1946.

To pick up record low maximums today, the targets are 18 degrees or lower at D.C., 21 degrees or lower at Dulles, and 22 degrees or lower at BWI