2:30 PM | Record cold in Alaska AND Florida with half the country covered by snow


Anyone who happened to watch a spring training game from Florida yesterday probably noticed the fans bundled up in winter coats as afternoon temperatures were generally in the 50’s along with a strong northerly wind at 25-30 mph throughout much of the state. Indeed, there was record-breaking cold yesterday in much of the Deep South from Texas to Florida. In fact, the following numerous Floridian cities either broke or tied their record low temperatures during the past 24 hours: Key West, Eglin, Cocoa Beach, Titusville and Lakeland. And, in what has to be a pretty rare coincidence, there was also record-breaking cold in Alaska at the same time as in the Deep South with the following numerous Alaskan cities either breaking or matching their daily record low temperatures: Fairbanks, Minchumina, Kake, Wainwright, Wasilla, Kenai and Homer. All in all, quite an impressive and expansive cold air outbreak for late March. Also, snow cover on March 25th covered about 48 percent of the country compared to 8 percent one year ago.