JANUARY 8-11 2010 ARCTIC COLD

A deep upper level trough moving eastward across the United States forced a bitterly cold Arctic airmass southward from Canada into the Gulf Coast states on January 7, 2010. This airmass remained in place for several days across southeast Texas and Louisiana, leading to the coldest temperatures seen across this region since February 1996.  Several record low temperatures were set, along with a few record low maximum temperatures. Many locations in the Lakes Region of southeast Texas and in central Louisiana remained below freezing for over 36 hours from around midnight early on January 8th through the afternoon on Saturday January 9th. These bitterly cold temperatures led to several school closures, numerous weather-related fires, and widespread plumbing ruptures across the region.

HIGH & LOW TEMPERATURES

 

Fri 1/8

Sat 1/9

Sun 1/10

Mon 1/11

Alexandria

21

31

16*

38

18

40

19

52

Beaumont

25

35*

18*

41

23

43

22

54

Jasper

25

32

18

39

18

45

19

54

Lafayette

26

33

21*

38*

20

41

21

49

Lake Charles

26

36

21*

42

20

44

21

52

New Iberia

26

34

21

38

20

42

20

50

Patterson

28

36

23

37

21

45

19

52

* record low temperature
* record low maximum temperature


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