Eau Claire, WI (WQOW) - The winter of 2014 is marked as "coldest" in Eau Claire since records began in the early 1890s. 2014 ties with the winter of 1904, both seasons with an overall average temperature of 7.5 degrees.
For consistent record keeping, the winter season is considered to be the months of December, January and February. The overall average temperature of 7.5 degrees for 2014 was 10.1 degrees below the overall average for a winter season, 17.6 degrees. Eau Claire also recorded the coldest low temperature average on record, -2.7 degrees. Finally, with 59.5 inches of snow during the three month stretch, the winter of 2014 is the 4th snowiest on record.
Another set of records many are watching are the at/below zero and sub-zero records. As of March 1st, Eau Claire has recorded 55 days at/below zero and 54 sub-zero days. The record number of days is 63 days at/below zero and 60 sub-zero days, both recorded in 1977-1978. Stormtracker 18 Weather meteorologists say with continued cold into next week, new records are possible.
Finally, another record that will have to be monitored is the season snowfall record, from July 1st through June 30th. The current record is 89.5 inches set in 1996-1997; Eau Claire has received 61.7 inches as of March 1st. Two big snow storms and a few little snowfalls could put the record in jeopardy.
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