Alabama’s Coldest Reading Ever

| January 30, 2011 @ 3:00 pm | 24 Replies


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.


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  1. dale says:

    is storm shelter made like a septic tank safe above ground covered with dirt

  2. Donna Alsbrooks Miles says:

    I do well remember the evening when Russellville , Al had a -24 degree reading. We all huddled around the heater and furnaces, grandmother’s heavy quilts covering the beds. If memory serves me ( which it doesn’t these days ) Russellville had the coldest temp in the country.

  3. AM says:

    Wow, now that is COLD for the heart of Dixie! If it happened once, I guess it can happen again.

  4. Barbara says:

    I was seven years old and a patient in the Guin hospital. My doctor released me and the Chief of police of Sulligent (Mr.Lake Nolen)came to get me in the police car with snow chains.He brought me back to Sulligent where my daddy managed The Yellow Front grocery store. I guess alot of people don’t remember Yellow Front Stores? Wish we could get another heavy wet snow like that one with NO ICE.

  5. jason says:

    i guess thats close to a 140 degree swing between temperature extremes for the state. pretty neat

  6. Lawrence Weedov says:

    Climatology and averages lead us to feel comfortable
    with what we think we can expect weather wise.

    The truth is it may be 100 years before we see -27
    or 112 but this year could be the one to break the

    It is one of the things that makes weather so exciting.

  7. Chris says:

    How many more years are we going to have to wait before another March 1993? Or is it simply a once in a lifetime lottory event?

  8. Barrett says:

    Wow, that is remarkable it just seems like to me it got colder in Alabama back then! Not sure why!

  9. JamesB says:

    Where was the airport in 1905?

  10. JamesB says:

    Read it wrong!!
    My Bad!!

  11. Lawrence Weedov says:

    Birmingham official records were kept in downtown
    Birmingham in 1905.

  12. Rod says:

    I remember that storm very well. At twelve years of age it was truly amazing to walk through snow drifts that were waist high. Someone built an igloo down the street that remained standing for several days. The Birmingham News had a photo of a frozen fountain on the front page.

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