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December 13, 5am, Edmonton Intl. – Coldest place on Earth

Coldest place with a weather station anyway.
Blowing away the old record by more than 10C, the weather station at YEG near Leduc hit -46.1C(-51F) at 5 this morning, with a windchill of -59C(-74F). This is also the coldest it has been anywhere in the world for the past 3 days.
The PASPC had this to say:
“NUMEROUS RECORDS SET THROUGH ALBERTA INCLUDING THE EDMONTON INT’L
AIRPORT WHERE TEMPERATURES WERE REPORTED AT -46.1. THIS WAS THE
COLDEST TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED IN DECEMBER AT YEG AND THE
COLDEST TEMPERATURE OF THE CENTURY. THE PREVIOUS
RECORD THERE WAS -33.3 AND THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED AT
THE SITE WAS JANUARY 26, 1972 AT -48.3.”

What else can you say about it, brutal! More record temps in this text file.
It’s -29C as I type this, with another day of deep freeze to look forward to tomorrow. Can’t wait for Wednesday.

Shadowy snowbanks - Dec.7, 2009Edmonton Intl.(YQF) record breaking cold Dec.13, 2009Snow dogs - Dec.7, 2009
Looking very much like winter in the yard - Dec.13, 2009Alberta weather conditions - 8am Dec.13, 2009Snow sculptures fill the ditches of southern Alberta - Dec.7, 2009

5 Responses to “December 13, 5am, Edmonton Intl. – Coldest place on Earth”

  1. 1
    Pat Boomer Says:

    Alberta record cold Monday Dec 14, 2009

  2. 2
    Jim Cochrane Says:

    Pat
    Informative web site. I’m a Winnipeg visitor (John Q Public) who doesn’t move outside without checking windchill

    In early Jan 1991 (approx the start of Dessert Storm) on a visit to Edmonton, I flew out of Edmonton intnl on what news and other media called the coldest day in Edmonton History. We continuously scraped ice off the inside of the car windshield all the way to the airport in a nearly new car that refused to warm up.

    Media reported temps as low as -51C. Ec Edmonton and area Data show little below -38C.

    Can you suggest a media site or other source for historical info on this.

    In Winnipeg EC s Data has been corrected as a result of inaccuracies, although the ones I’m aware of were F to C and Mph to KMph mistakes. Initially, newspaper archives of weather conditions were used to verify that the Ec Data record was inaccurate.

  3. 3
    PB Says:

    Hi Jim

    Tuesday, Jan. 8, 1991 still holds the record for coldest day at Edmonton Intl, -37.3C with a chill of -47C in the 7-9am sag zone. I couldnt find anything from EC below -50 in that cold snap but did find a PPV story while trolling around google news archives from Jan.10, 1991.
    “Bitter cold tied to 12 Prairie deaths
    Since Dec. 18, temperatures in Edmonton have risen above 20 C only once, and have hovered closer to 30 C. Record lows have been notched across the three provinces, and on Tuesday the tiny Alberta hamlet of Vimy claimed the coldest temperature in Canada – 54 C.”

    The Edmonton Journal or Sun will dig up whatever they have for a fee.

  4. 4
    PB Says:

    “Tuesday, Jan. 8, 1991 still holds the record for coldest day at Edmonton Intl” didn’t come out right.
    What I meant to type was “still holds the record for coldest Jan.8th. 🙂

  5. 5
    Jim Says:

    Thanks Pat

    As a vet of -47C in Gimli Mb (not wc), that day in Edmonton still stands out as the coldest I’ve ever enjoyed. I vaguely recall the airport was warmer than north end of the city that morning.

    My condolences on your recent run thru more of the same.

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