What was the coldest temperature ever recorded in the history of El Paso

Late November in El Paso means late fall to early winter when Sun City loses its heat.

‘Historic’ blizzard sweeps across the Texas Panhandle

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But after recording record high temperatures during the summer, what can El Paso expect this winter?

According to a report by Texas Monthly,

The Farmer’s Almanac predicts this year’s forecast for Texas as a ‘cold’ winter with ‘normal precipitation’, with North Texas most likely to bring snow and ice storms throughout the season.

Photo by Aditya Vyas on Unsplash

Photo by Aditya Vyas on Unsplash

Basically, the Farmer’s Almanac says “Winter is cold” and “sometimes freezing water falls on the ground”.

As incredibly pointless as it sounds, it got me thinking: what was the coldest temperature ever recorded in El Paso?

Photo by Gary Fultz on Unsplash

Photo by Gary Fultz on Unsplash

Well, the good folks at the San Angelo, TX-based website Concho Valley compiled a list of record low temperatures in various cities across the state of Texas, all based on data from the National Weather Service.

In the state of Texas, the coldest temperature ever recorded was in February 1899 in the city of Tulia, which is part of the Texas panhandle, at 23 degrees Fahrenheit below zero!

That year was also a generally cold year for the rest of the United States, and unofficial reports indicate that it reached as low as 30 degrees below zero in February 1899 at Wolf Creek, Texas.

  • San Angelo: 4 below zero established in 1989
  • Abilene: 16 below zero set in 1899
  • Austin: 2 below zero established in 1949
  • Beaumont: 10 degrees set in 1906
  • Brownsville: 12 degrees established in 1899
  • Corpus Christi: 11 degrees established in 1899
  • Dallas/Fort Worth: 8 below zero established in 1899
  • Del Rio: 10 degrees set in 1989
  • El Paso: 8 below zero set in 1962
  • Galveston: 8 degrees established in 1899
  • Houston: 5 degrees established in 1930 and 1940
  • Lubbock: 17 below zero established in 1933
  • Midland/Odessa: 11 below zero set in 1985
  • San Antonio: 0 degrees set in 1949
  • Waco: 5 below zero set in 1949 and 1899
  • Wichita Falls: 12 below zero set in 1947

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