ON THIS DATE IN 1966:
Alabama’s coldest temperature ever (-27F) was measured at New Market in Northeast Madison County about 25 miles northeast of Huntsville.
The reading was recorded under clear skies with light winds and 12 inches of snow on the ground, perfect for extremely cold weather. This broke the previous state record of -18F at Valley Head, which was measured on February 14, 1905.
Other lows on that frigid morning:
-24F at Russellville
-17F in Haleyville
-12F at Redston Arsenal
-11F in Valley Head
In the Birmingham area, it was -4F at the Airport, -5F in Pinson and -2F in Bessemer.
In South Alabama, it was:
9F in Fairhope and Bay Minette
13F in Mobile
14F at Fort Morgan
5F at Montgomery and Selma.
It was 0F as far south as Clanton.
The same storm dumped heavy snow across other parts of Alabama, including:
11 inches at Moulton
8 inches at Hamilton
Scottsboro, Cullman and Red Bay
7 inches at Huntsville, Guntersville, Double Springs and Russellville
6 inches at Jasper, Falkville and Albertville.
Mississippi also recorded their state all time record low on this date with -19F at Corinth.