Birmingham Cold Weather Facts

Birmingham Freeze Facts (1895 – 2013)

Freeze Facts

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

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

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

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

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

Greatest number of days with consecutive minimum temperatures of 32 degrees or below (1895 - 2012)

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

Most number of days with a minimum temperature of 32 degrees or below per month (1900 - 2012)

  • 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
  • 19 days – December 2010  
October April
4 days – 1957
5 days – 1983
3 days – 1910, 1913, 1965, 1987
4 days – 1950, 1987

Normal number of days with a minimum temperature of 32 degrees or below per month (1895 - 2012):  

  • January – 13.3
  • February – 10.2
  • March – 4.8
  • April – 0.6
  • October – 0.4
  • November – 5.5
  • December – 11.9
  • Annual – 46.6

Normal number of days with a minimum temperature of 32 degrees or below per month (1895 - 2012)

  • January – 13.3
  • February – 10.2
  • March – 4.8
  • April – 0.6
  • October – 0.4
  • November – 5.5
  • December – 11.9
  • Annual – 46.6

At or Below Zero Degrees Readings (1895 - 2012)

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

Most number of days with minimum temperature 32 degrees or below in a calendar year (1900 - 2012)

  • 81 – 1968
  • 77 – 1969
  • 75 – 1963
  • 74 – 1978
  • 73 – 2010
  • 72 – 1958

Least number of days with minimum temperature 32 degrees or below in a calendar year (1900 - 2012)

  • 20 – 1921
  • 22 – 1931, 1939
  • 23 – 1907, 1922, 1923, 1933 
  • 29 – 2012

Birmingham Snow Facts (1895-2012)

 Top Five Snow Days

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

Top Five Snow Events

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


Earliest Snow

Trace = October 20, 1913

Measurable = November 24, 1938 & 1950

1”> November 24th, 1950

4”> December 22nd, 1929


Latest Snow

Trace = April 25, 1910

Measurable = April 3, 1987

1”> April 3rd, 1987

4”> April 3rd, 1987

Major snow events

  • 13" March 12-13, 1993
  • 11" January 29, 1936
  • 10" January 23, 1940
  • 8" December 31, 1963
  • 7" March 25, 1924
  • 6" December 22, 1929

Monthly Snow Normals and Max (Year)  (1981 - 2010)

Month
Normal Amount
Max/Year
January 0.6” 13" (1993)
February 0.1” 11.9” (1936)
March 0.6” 10” (1940)
April 0.2 8.5” (1963)
October 0.0 8.1" (1904)
November 0.0 7.6” (1987)
December 0.1” 7.4” (1930)
Annual 1.7” 13.0” (1992-1993 season)
12.9” (1929-1930, 1935-1936 seasons)

White Christmas Data (December 22nd-27th) – Bold is Christmas Day Snows

Measurable Snow

  • 1.0” – December 22nd, 1935

Trace Amounts

  • December 22nd, 1949
  • December 27th, 1950
  • December 24th, 1961
  • December 27th, 1961
  • December 22nd, 1963
  • December 23rd, 1963
  • December 24th, 1963
  • December 23rd, 1966
  • December 24th, 1966
  • December 27th, 1967
  • December 22nd, 1969
  • December 24th, 1980
  • December 24th, 1985
  • December 25th, 1989
  • December 23rd, 1990
  • December 24th, 1990
  • December 22nd, 1993
  • December 23rd, 1993
  • December 25th, 1993
  • December 23rd, 1995
  • December 24th, 1995
  • December 26th, 2000

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