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October Cold Snap Sets 82-Year Record in Chicago

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The skies looked almost wintry in Chicago on Oct. 13, 2009, when temperatures topped out at 47 degrees for an 82-year low.
October in Chicago is usually equal parts balmy T-shirt weather and nippy light jacket temperatures, but if it's felt more like winter coat weather this year, it's not your imagination.

Chicago has spent the last 17 days with below-average temperatures, and a high of a mere 47 degrees made Tuesday the coldest Oct. 13 in 82 years, CBS 2's Mary Kay Kleist says.

Comparing temperatures for the first 14 days of October 2008 to this year seems like comparing the tropics to the tundra.

Last year, there were 10 days with highs in the 60s and three with highs in the 70s between Oct. 1 and 14. There was even a warm spell more befitting of early September - it was 72 degrees on Oct. 10, 79 on Oct. 11, 84 on Oct. 12, and 77 on Oct. 13.

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Record-setting cold in Laurel, Montana

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Laurel cheerleaders wore warm headbands and stocking caps to protect themselves from the cold temperatures at Friday night’s football game against the Dawson County Red Devils. Laurel won 49-7. The unseasonably cold temperatures dipped into the teens.
The first day of winter is more than two months away, but area residents received a reminder last week of what is in store for them as the seasons change.

The unexpected record setting cold brought freezing temperatures, freezing rain and snow to the area last week, brought road construction to a halt and left unprepared residents with frozen sprinkler lines and damaged garden produce.

The four-day record-setting cold blast tied the all time low temperature of 18 degrees on Oct. 9, set in 1993. The 1987 record low of 21 degrees for Oct. 10 was shattered with a 16 degree reading. Sunday, Oct. 11, the 1959 record low of 22 degrees was broken when the thermometer dropped to 14 degrees. Monday, Oct. 12 the temperature continued to drop to break the 1969 record low of 22 degrees with a bone-chilling 13 degree reading.

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Earliest snow on record blankets Pennsylvania State

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A storm dropped lots of heavy, wet snow in northern Pennsylvania on Oct. 15 and 16, 2009. It was the earliest snowfall on record for State College, Pa.
Snow showed up historically early - and with a vengeance in northern Pennsylvania, from the Poconos past State College, Pa.

Trees and powerlines were down all over State College this morning because of a heavy, wet snow that started accumulating yesterday, according to meteoroogist Aaron Tyburski of the National Weather Service office there.

Five to six inches was on the ground in some of the higher elevations in north-central Pennsylvania, and nine inches was measured this morning on Center Hall Mountain, a few miles northeast of Penn State's main campus, he said.

In the Poconos, 6.1 inches was measured on Mount Pocono at 8:30 this morning. Just to the north, Tobyhanna had 4.3 inches as of 7 a.m.

A second storm system on the way could boost the totals.

"We may see another one or two inches tomorrow," Tyburski said this morning.

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Earliest ever snowfalls In New York and New Jersey

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State College, Pa. - An autumn storm brought snow to parts of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, the earliest snow on record in some towns used to harsh winters.

Cornell University weather scientists say the snow that started Thursday set records for the earliest date with an inch of snow in Binghamton, Ithaca and Olean in New York and Altoona and State College in Pennsylvania.

The National Weather Service says there's 4.5 inches of snow in State College, Pa., and 2 more inches are possible through Saturday morning.

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Friday coldest October 16 in DC in 138 years

Friday was the coldest Oct. 16 in 138 years in the nation's capital.

For the first time since the National Weather Service began compiling data, the city's high temparature for the day was below 50 degrees.

Friday's highest temperature was recorded at Reagan National Airport at 3:34 p.m. It was 45 degrees.

The previous record for coldest Oct. 16 was in 1940 when the temperature reached no higher than 51 degrees.

The hottest temperature recorded on Oct. 16 in Washington is 89 degrees - just a degree short of being twice Friday's high.

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November, China: Hebei capital experiences heaviest snowfall since records began

Nearly 50 centimeters of snow fell over two days in Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei Province to turn the city into a winter wonderland. The heavy snow broke a record set 54 years ago and paralyzed traffic.

Heavy snow blanketed Shijiazhuang, capital of North China's Hebei Province, for a second day and paralyzed all transport, provincial authorities said Wednesday.

Meteorological officials said the city recorded 7.44 centimeters of precipitation in the 24 hours till 6 am Wednesday, with the accumulated snow 48 centimeters thick in most areas.

It was the heaviest snowfall in the city since 1955 when the city began to make meteorological records, reports said.

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New Zealand: Coldest October in 64 years

It will come as little surprise to most New Zealanders that the country shivered through the coldest October in 64 years.

In its climate summary for the month, the Niwa said the average temperature nationwide was 10.6degC _ 1.4degC below average.

Such a cold October has occurred only four times in the past 100 years, the last time in 1945.

It was only fractionally warmer than August, which recorded a warmer-than-normal average temperature of 10.4degC.

Niwa said October was shaped by a series of southerly fronts, all-time record low temperatures in many areas, and unseasonable late snowfalls.

The heaviest October snowfall since 1967 occurred in Hawke's Bay and the central North Island on Octobe 4 and 5 stranding hundreds of travellers, closing roads, and resulting in heavy lambing losses.

Not only was it cold, but it was also wet.

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Kansas: October bringing record cold

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Topekans just weathered their chilliest first half of October on record -- by a significant margin.

And more cold air could be in store the rest of this month, says Kyle Poage, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Topeka.

Poage released a list Saturday of the coolest 15-day periods to begin October the weather service has recorded since it began keeping temperature records in 1885 in Concordia and in 1887 in Topeka.

Poage said the lowest average temperature ever recorded in Topeka for the period of Oct. 1-15 is 49.4 degrees, set this month. Finishing second through fifth were 1949, at 53.2 degrees; 1964 and 1977, at 53.3 degrees each; and 1952, at 53.5 degrees.

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Snow on the French Riviera??

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I am an American Expat living in Antibes (Nice) France. I live 5 blocks from the beach, and 3 blocks from Port Vabaun, the 2nd largest yacht port in the world. I thought living here, I would escape the ice and snow of my native Cincinnati, Ohio. Boy was I wrong!!!

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Often Alaska's coldest spot, Bettles is setting records

Fairbanks -- It's been bitter cold in Bettles, 200 miles north of Fairbanks.

The village in the foothills of the Brooks Range recorded a new record low temperature of 47 degrees below zero on Saturday. It was the fifth day in a row a new record low was set in the town, and the sixth day in a row that the temperature was more than 40 below zero.

Bettles weather observer Max Hanst said Bettles typically is one of the coldest places in Alaska, but even this is unusual. He said these temperatures usually occur in January.

It's been chilly elsewhere in the Interior.

In Fairbanks, it was 34 degrees below at Fairbanks International Airport Saturday morning. That was one degree shy of tying the record low of 35 below set in 1904.