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Groundhog Day Marks Anniversary of Coldest Temperature in DFW



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    Groundhog handler Ron Ploucha holds Punxsutawney Phil after he saw his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter during 131st annual Groundhog Day festivities on February 2, 2017 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Groundhog Day is a popular tradition in the United States and Canada. A smaller than usual crowd this year of less than 20,000 people spent a night of revelry awaiting the sunrise and the groundhog's exit from his winter den. If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his den. Early spring arrives if he does not see his shadow, causing Phil to remain above ground. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

    Thursday was Groundhog Day.

    I am one of those meteorologists who doesn't particularly care for Groundhog Day. I prefer to keep our forecasting scientific and don't much trust the opinion of a rodent from Pennsylvania.

    But Rick Mitchell's wife, Kim, made these wonderful confections that I just can't ignore. It's a no-bake chocolate-oatmeal-peanut butter no-bake cookie with a Tootsie Roll groundhog peeking out!

    In addition to being Groundhog Day, Feb. 2 marks the anniversary of the coldest temperature ever recorded in North Texas since records began in 1898. On Feb. 2, 1899, the temperature dropped to minus-8 degrees. It was so cold in Texas on that date that ice formed on parts of Galveston Bay.

    Since then, Dallas-Fort Worth has dropped below 0 on only three other occasions:

    • Minus-1 on Jan. 18, 1930
    • Minus-2 on Jan. 31, 1949
    • Minus-1 on Dec. 23, 1989

    So, in the past 67 years, DFW has dropped below 0 only once.

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