Groundhog Day Marks Anniversary of Coldest Temperature in DFW

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!

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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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