Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

North Jersey's Cold Spells Have Been Worse

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

North Jersey's Cold Spells Have Been Worse

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The eight-day run of frigid weather isn't the longest, or coldest, of cold snaps in North Jersey history. Not by a long shot. The mercury has not risen above 28 degrees since Christmas Day.

Think it's cold out?

Well, it is. Indeed, the average daily high temperature recorded at Newark Liberty International Airport since Dec. 25 has been 22.6 degrees. The mercury hasn't gotten past 28 since Christmas Day.

But the eight-day run of frigid weather isn't the longest, or coldest, of cold snaps in North Jersey history. Not by a long shot.

From Jan. 19 through Feb. 3, 1961 — that's 16 days — the temperature never got higher than 30 and the daily high readings averaged 23.9 degrees. Then, for 11 days in February 1979, the temperature stayed below 20 seven times and dropped below zero three times. …

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