Cold Weather Facts

    Birmingham Freeze Facts (1895 – 2006)

    Freeze Facts

    • Earliest last Spring freeze – February 3 rd, 1945
    • Average date of last Spring freeze – March 26 th
    • Latest Spring freezing temperature – April 23 rd, 1986
    • Earliest Autumn freezing temperature - October 18 th, 1948
    • Average date of first Autumn freeze - November 9 th
    • Latest Autumn first freeze – January 10 th, 1932

    Coldest Temperature ever: -10 on February 13 th, 1899

    Coldest Maximum Temperature ever: 13 on December 12 th, 1962

    Greatest number of hours with consecutive minimum temperatures of 32 degrees or below:

    • 116 hours – January 23 rd-28 th, 1940
    • 110 hours – January 15 th-20 th, 1977
    • 95 hours – February 2 nd-6 th, 1996
    • 92 hours – December 21 st-25 th, 1989
    • 89 hour – December 23 rd-27 th, 1983
    • 72 hours – January 9 th-12 th, 1982

    Greatest number of days with consecutive minimum temperatures of 32 degrees or below:

    • 27 days – December 24 th, 1980 – January 19 th, 1981
    • 20 days – February 6 th, 1968 – February 25 th, 1968
    • 20 days – December 14 th, 1963 – January 2 nd, 1964
    • 18 days – January 26 th, 1978 – February 12 th, 1978
    • 17 days – January 7 th, 1918 – January 23 rd, 1918
    • 17 days – January 18 th, 1940 – February 3 rd, 1940
    • 17 days – December 29 th, 1968 – January 14 th, 1969

    Most number of days with a minimum temperature of 32 degrees or below per month:

    • 25 days – January 1940, December 1963, February 1968, January 1978
    • 24 days – January 1976, January 1977, January 1981, January 1985
    • 23 days – January 1948, January 1958, February 1978
    • 22 days – February 1947, January 1961, February 1963, December 1976, January 1984, December 1985

    October April

    4 days – 1957 5 days – 1983

    3 days – 1965, 1987 4 days – 1950, 1987

     

    Normal number of days with a minimum temperature of 32 degrees or below per month:  

    • January – 13.3
    • February – 10.1
    • March – 4.9
    • April – 0.6
    • October – 0.4
    • November – 5.5
    • December – 11.9
    • Annual – 46.8

    At or Below Zero Degrees Readings:

    • -10 – February 13 th, 1899
    • -6 – January 21 st, 1985
    • -4 – January 30 th, 1966
    • -4 – January 20 th, 1985
    • -2 – January 24 th, 1963
    • -1 – January 11 th, 1982
    • 0 – January 17 th, 1982

    Most number of days with minimum temperature 32 degrees or below in a calendar year:

    • 81 – 1968
    • 77 – 1969
    • 75 – 1963
    • 74 – 1978
    • 72 – 1958

    Least number of days with minimum temperature 32 degrees or below in a calendar year:

    • 20 – 1921
    • 22 – 1931, 1939
    • 23 – 1907, 1922, 1923, 1933
    • 25 - 1897

     

    Birmingham Snow Facts (1895-2006)

     Top Five Snow Days

    1. 10.3” – March 13 th, 1993
    2. 9.5” – January 23 rd, 1940
    3. 8.1” – January 28 th, 1904
    4. 8.0” – January 30 th, 1936, December 31 st, 1963

    Top Five Snow Events

    1. 13.0” – March 12 th-13 th, 1993
    2. 11.0” – January 29 th-30 th, 1936
    3. 9.5” – January 23 rd, 1940
    4. 8.1” – January 28 th, 1904
    5. 8.0” – December 31 st, 1963

     

    Earliest Snow

    1”> November 24 th, 1950

    4”> December 22 nd, 1929

     

    Latest Snow

    1”> April 3 rd, 1987

    4”> April 3 rd, 1987

     

    Monthly Snow Normals and Max (Year)

    January 0.8” 11.8” (1936)

    February 0.2” 5.0” (1901)

    March 0.3” 13.0” (1993)

    April 0.0 5.0” (1987)

    October 0.0 0.0

    November 0.0 1.4” (1951)

    December 0.3” 8.0” (1963)

    Annual 1.7” 13.0” (1992-1993 season)

    12.9” (1929-1930, 1935-1936 seasons)

     

    White Christmas Data (December 20 th-31 st) – Bold is Christmas Day Snows

    Measurable Snow

    • 8.0” – December 31 st, 1963
    • 5.5” – December 22 nd, 1929
    • 1.6” – December 29 th, 1997
    • 1.0” – December 22 nd, 1935
    • 0.1” – December 20 th, 1909

     

    Trace Amounts

    • December 31 st, 1932
    • December 28 th, 1935
    • December 31 st, 1935
    • December 29 th, 1939
    • December 30 th, 1941
    • December 31 st, 1945
    • December 30 th, 1948
    • December 22 nd, 1949
    • December 27 th, 1950
    • December 20 th, 1951
    • December 28 th, 1956
    • December 29 th, 1956
    • December 21 st, 1960
    • December 24 th, 1961
    • December 27 th, 1961
    • December 22 nd, 1963
    • December 23 rd, 1963
    • December 24 th, 1963
    • December 23 rd, 1966
    • December 24 th, 1966
    • December 30 th, 1966
    • December 27 th, 1967
    • December 21 st, 1969
    • December 22 nd, 1969
    • December 20 th, 1973
    • December 31 st, 1976
    • December 21 st, 1977
    • December 29 th, 1977
    • December 20 th, 1980
    • December 24 th, 1980
    • December 30 th, 1983
    • December 24 th, 1985
    • December 25 th, 1989
    • December 23 rd, 1990
    • December 24 th, 1990
    • December 22 nd, 1993
    • December 23 rd, 1993
    • December 25 th, 1993
    • December 23 rd, 1995
    • December 24 th, 1995
    • December 30 th, 1997
    • December 31 st, 1997
    • December 21 st, 2000
    • December 26 th, 2000
    • December 29 th, 2000
    • December 30 th, 2000
    • December 31 st, 2000

    Montgomery Winter Climate Facts (1872-2006)

    Freeze Facts

    • Earliest last Spring freeze – December 30 th, 1920
    • Average date of last Spring freeze – March 8 th
    • Latest Spring freezing temperature – April 13 th, 1940
    • Earliest Autumn freezing temperature - October 20 th, 1989
    • Average date of first Autumn freeze - November 19 th
    • Latest Autumn first freeze – January 31 st, 1932

    Coldest Temperature ever: -5 on February 13 th, 1899

    Coldest Maximum Temperature ever: 18 on January 9 th, 1886

     Greatest number of days with consecutive minimum temperatures of 32 degrees or below:  

    • 18 days – January 15 th, 1940 – February 1 st, 1940
    • 16 days – February 7 th, 1958 – February 22 nd, 1958
    • 15 days – January 10 th, 1918 – January 24 th, 1918
    • 13 days – February 7 th, 1895 – February 19 th, 1895
    • 13 days – December 24 th, 2002 – January 5 th, 2002
    • 12 days – January 13 th, 1893 – January 24 th, 1893
    • 12 days – January 8 th, 1981 – January 19 th, 1981
    • 12 days – January 5 th, 1988 – January 16 th, 1988
    • 12 days – January 10 th, 1997 – January 21 st, 1997

    Most number of days with a minimum temperature of 32 degrees or below per month:

    • 26 days – January 1940
    • 23 days – January 1977
    • 22 days – January 2003
    • 21 days – January 1918, January 1976, January 1981
    • 20 days – January 1961, January 1963, January 1970, January 1978, January 1985
    • 19 days – February 1958, December 1963, January 1988, January 1996, December 2000

    October April

    3 days – 1968 2 days – 1987

    2 days – 1957, 1962, 1987, 1989, 2001 1 day – 1950, 2000

     

    Normal number of days with a minimum temperature of 32 degrees or below per month:

    • January – 10.1
    • February – 6.3
    • March – 2.0
    • April – 0.1
    • October – 0.2
    • November – 3.2
    • December – 8.4
    • Annual – 30.3

    At or Below Zero Degrees Readings:

    • -5 – February 13 th, 1899
    • 0 – January 21 st, 1985

    Most number of days with minimum temperature 32 degrees or below in a calendar year:

    • 60 – 1963
    • 59 – 1968
    • 55 – 1977
    • 54 – 1976
    • 53 – 1969

     

    Least number of days with minimum temperature 32 degrees or below in a calendar year:

    • 2 – 1921
    • 3 – 1939
    • 8 – 1933, 1946
    • 9 – 1931
    • 10 - 1874

     

    Montgomery Snow Facts (1931-2006)

     Top Five Snow Days

    1. 3.8” – March 13 th, 1993
    2. 3.1” – February 9 th, 1973
    3. 3.0” – January 18 th, 1977
    4. 2.5” – January 17 th, 1948
    5. 2.0” – January 31 st, 1977

    Top Five Snow Events

    1. 3.8” – March 13 th, 1993
    2. 3.1” – February 9 th, 1973
    3. 3.0” – January 18 th, 1977, January 30 th-31 st, 1977
    4. 5. 2.5” – January 17 th, 1948

     

    Earliest Snow

    1”> December 18 th, 1996

    4”> Has not occurred.

     

    Latest Snow

    1”> March 13 th, 1993

    4”> Has not occurred.

     

    Monthly Snow Normals and Max (Year)

    January 0.2” 6.0” (1977)

    February 0.0 3.1” (1973)

    March 0.1” 3.8” (1993)

    April 0.0 0.8” (1987)

    October 0.0 0.0

    November 0.0 0.0

    December 0.1” 1.5” (1996)

    Annual 0.4” 6.0” (1976-1977 season)

     

    White Christmas Data (December 20th-31st)

    Measurable Snow

    • 1.4” – December 22 nd, 1935
    • 1.0” – December 31 st, 1963, December 22nd, 1993

     

    Trace Amounts

    • December 21st, 1935
    • December 22nd, 1949
    • December 21st, 1951
    • December 25th, 1953
    • December 24th, 1962
    • December 31st, 1969
    • December 20th, 1973
    • December 29th, 1977
    • December 26th, 1980
    • December 27th, 1983
    • December 23rd, 1989
    • December 23rd, 1993

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